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Whitworth Studies

Are you interested in fresh thinking about the visual arts? The Whitworth Studies offers a programme of talks, events and performances for a broad public audience. The Whitworth is working with Art History and Cultural Practices (AHCP) in The University of Manchester to coordinate the Whitworth Studies programme.

All events take place at the Whitworth
Events are FREE and open to everyone

This live event programme at the gallery has been temporarily paused.
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Art History and Cultural Practices 2020-21 – Online Events

Humour and the Commodification of Suffering:
Strategies of Cultural Resilience in Contemporary Art 
Chrisoula Lionis (The University of Manchester) 
Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 5.15 pm | Register for the lecture and q&a at Eventbrite 

Framed by a discussion of how humour in contemporary art differs to 'everyday' visual forms (memes, graffiti etc.), this talk considers how humour is used as a political strategy by artists from diverse sites of crisis: Greece, Palestine and Indigenous Australia. Analysing the work of artists Khaled Hourani, Richard Bell, and Kostis Stafylakis, it demonstrates how humour in contemporary art contributes to three forms of cultural resilience: 'authenticity', 'enactment', and 'placemaking'.

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Pre-recorded lecture to be posted on The University of Manchester video portal for viewing before the live q&a on Wednesday, 25 November at 5.15pm

Please save the date for these upcoming talks in Semester 2 – check here for updates

17 February 2021, 5.15pm – Marcia Pointon (Professor Emerita, The University of Manchester)
10 March 2021, 5.15pm – Stephen Welsh (Independent Curator & Consultant)
24 March 2021, 5.15pm – Francesca Billiani (Italian Studies, The University of Manchester)

About the Whitworth Studies programme

Whitworth Studies aims to encourage and support a wide range of research projects between the Whitworth and Art History and Cultural Practices (AHCP), artists, other parts of the University of Manchester, and visiting researchers from other universities. This research activity will result in exhibitions, conferences, lecture series, events, performances, and research on the Whitworth’s collections.   

Internationally recognised researchers, from the University of Manchester and beyond, will give public lectures and presentations of many kinds, as well as artists talking about their work.  
Whitworth Studies will also encourage experimental encounters with research and experimental forms of presenting research as a signature aspect of its public programme.

The Whitworth Studies programme is designed to appeal to the highly engaged Whitworth public; students with interests in visual culture; researchers at all levels who want to stage or present research on visual culture; and the wider art community of Manchester and the North West.

The Whitworth is working with Art History and Cultural Practices (AHCP) in the University of Manchester to coordinate the Whitworth Studies programme.