Wednesday Talks invites leading artists, thinkers and curators to explore the driving forces, influences and sources of inspiration within contemporary art.
New season of Wednesday Talks
12.30-2.00pm. Free, no booking necessary
The Wednesday Talks series presents leading artists, thinkers and curators who explore the driving forces, influences and sources of inspiration within contemporary art. The series is a collaboration between the Whitworth and Manchester Metropolitan University and is programmed by Pavel Büchler.
Wednesday 1 November, 12.30-2pm
Graham Eatough is a prolific collaborator. He began his artistic career as a co-founder with writer David Greig and composer Nick Powell of the innovative theatre company Suspect Culture (1992-2009). Over the last decade, while continuing to write and direct stage productions, he has also expanded his activities into a blend of performance, film, installation and visual art. He has worked with, among others, some of the best known of his fellow Glaswegian artists, such as Graham Fagen and Simon Starling, and most recently with Stephen Sutcliffe. Their two short films No End to Enderby, a tribute to the Manchester-born novelist Anthony Burgess, were shown at the Whitworth as part of Manchester International Festival 2017.
Wednesday 8 November, 12.30-2pm
Since graduating from the Goldsmiths in 2012, Maeve Brennan has lived and worked in London and Beirut and has explored in her moving image works the material culture, geology and archaeology of the Middle East as a reflection on the region's history and politics. Her latest film, a portrait of three men living and working in post-conflict Lebanon, The Drift (2017), currently on show at the Whitworth, is a sensitive study on destruction and preservation, salvage and reconstruction, community and heritage. Brennan was a fellow of the Arts Study Programme Home Workspace at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2013-2014). She was selected as one of Art Review Future Greats 2015 and is a recipient of this year's Jerwood/FVU Awards.
Wednesday 15 November, 12.30-2pm
Much of the curatorial practice of Charles Esche, director of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, is focused on examining, questioning and experimenting with the role of the cultural institution in the interplay between art and the interpretation of our present times. He is an influential writer on the cultural and political history of exhibition making and on the potential role of art in progressive social transformation. He published a selection of his texts on the subject, Modest Proposals, in 2005 and in 2007 he co-edited with Will Bradley the reader Art and Social Change. Esche has (co-)curated numerous large-scale international exhibitions and biennales and co-founded with Mark Lewis the journal Afterall. He was Director of the Rooseum Centre for Contemporary Art in Malmö (2000-2004) and Visual Arts Director at Tramway, Glasgow (1993-1997).
Wednesday 22 November, 12.30-2pm
The playful installations, sculptures and interventions, of the Flemish artist Gert Robijns are inspired by everyday situations. Often involving interaction, they try to make the viewers/participants aware of their physical surroundings. Reset, Robijns' most ambitious artwork to date, is a 1:1 remake of the home of the artist's grandparents, rebuilt 10 cm away from the original house. As well as a monumental sculpture the work is also a residential centre for contemporary art that aims to 'reset' the development of a high quality work in the region and has so far hosted projects by Luc Tuymans and Bernd Lohaus. Reset is the artist's second creative return to his native village of Gotem. In 2011, he had realised there a large temporary public sculpture, The Village, a 75%-scale model of a parish house and the Gotem church placed at the head of the runway of a nearby military airfield. Robijns' studied at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht and lives in Antwerp.
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Wednesday 29 November, 12.30-2pm
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