Monthly Archives: April 2016

Abusing Power: The Visual Politics of Satire

A conference organised by the University of Brighton in association with the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum

Speakers include:

  • Steve Bell, political cartoonist
  • Martin Rowson, political cartoonist
  • Professor Ian Haywood, University of Roehampton
  • The Curator of the Cartoon Museum, London
  • The Curator of Fine Art at the Royal Pavilion Museums

In January 2015, 12 of France's most familiar cartoonists were shot dead in Paris. The aftermath of the attack on Charlie Hebdo raises significant questions about the status and the potential impact of an image and gives this conference a political urgency. The events in Paris underline both the power of the political cartoonist and the dangers of causing offence to political and religious sensibilities.

In 1820, George Cruikshank and his brother Robert were summoned to Brighton Pavilion by George IV, in an attempt to buy them off from reproducing their salacious satirical cartoons. They were paid off, but continued to produce scurrilous images of the royal family and political figures. The Royal Pavilion now houses one of the best collections of Cruikshank, Hogarth and Gillray in the world, three of the most eminent caricaturists in visual history.

The city of Brighton and the University have a long history of association with cartoon and caricature. This conference offers the opportunity to celebrate the rich history of caricature and cartoons associated with Brighton and to address the important ethical questions that now confront the contemporary cartoonist. It celebrates the rich collections of Cruikshank, Gillray and Hogarth at the Brighton Pavilion and brings together the expertise of practitioners, curators, academic historians and cultural analysts. The conference draws upon the research expertise of the University, on the curatorial experience of museum staff and on cartoonists who currently practice.

This conference is organised by three research groupings from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Brighton, the Centre for Applied Philosophy Politics and Ethics, the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories and C21: Research in Twenty-First Century Writings, which allows for the interdisciplinary focus that the subject merits.

University of Brighton in association with the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum invite proposals (c300 words) for both papers and panels on topics which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Comedy and ethics ' what are the responsibilities of a cartoonist?
  • The curation of cartoons ' what should be kept?
  • How far can you go? Are there limits to what a cartoonist can lampoon?
  • The legacies of Cruikshank, Gillray and Hogarth
  • Religion and caricature
  • Representations of history through cartoon
  • The impact of caricature on popular ideas of politics
  • Celebrity and caricature
  • In what contexts does satire flourish and why?
  • Is satire necessary?

DEADLINE: Email your proposal and short bio to [email protected] by 9th May 2016

Conference Fee: Full-time waged 210 /unwaged 90.

Conference: Hack-a-demia – Reimagining the network

Tuesday 5th July 2016
2.30pm – 6pm
Central London, Location TBC
Price: FREE, registration essential.

The Culture Capital Exchange invites Early Career Researchers, research supervisors and deans, to submit workshop proposals for Hack-a-demia, an afternoon of sessions designed to explore impact, collaborative research and how TCCE's activities can add value in these areas. You can also only register for the conference.

We are looking for proposals for disruptive sessions to find out: What resources are available to ECRs to boost their impact? Which ones work best? What is missing? Can we do more to foster collaborative research? What are the success stories? What can we learn from failures in collaborations?

The discussions and conclusions from your workshops will inform our next stage of TCCE's ECR development programmes. This unconference format is being proposed to invite you to be active participants and inform our programme development that will run until 2018. We want to walk and talk through the issues, move around them, play with them, confess them in a dark room and suggest solutions using dubious interactive devices. How can we boost interdisciplinary synergies to inspire a broader audience, increase impact and promote interest in our research?
Your session should provide an opportunity for 15-20 researchers to collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines, to share techniques and discuss the skills needed to move forward, to master dissemination needs, and reach the appropriate audiences for your research. We can offer up to 250 per workshop for materials.
Choose one of these media to provoke a 45 minute discussion on your chosen theme, addressing Impact and/or Collaborative Research:
' Movement: Can you walk and talk to explain impact, can we choreograph collaborativeness? Can you use movement to provoke discussion?
' Gamification: Have you got an app to illustrate lessons of public engagement and collaboration? The ultimate table or virtual game approach for cross-disciplinary discussions?
' Online platform: Use social media, videos, citizen science to inspire engagement and collaboration.
' Maps: Can geographic or mind maps create a space for interactive discussions?
' Stories of Change: Present your research stories and anecdotes in the form of community storytelling or fictional narratives to broaden public interest.
' Darkroom: Engage your participants by drawing out their ideas through voice and challenge comfort zones to test a unique learning experience

You can send your Workshop Proposal or Apply through this link, by June 1st. The successful workshop proposals will be announced by June 10th 2016 and will be able to start discussing with other participants online prior to the event.

You can send your Workshop Proposal or Apply through this link, by June 1st. The successful workshop proposals will be announced by June 10th 2016 and will be able to start discussing with other participants online prior to the event.

Tate Research Centre: Asia Visiting Fellowship Scheme.

Tate welcomes applications for the Tate Research Centre: Asia Visiting Fellowship Scheme.

This Visiting Fellowship Scheme provides scholars and curators with developmental opportunities and scholarly exchanges in the field modern and contemporary Asian art. Individuals engaged in the programme will be able to access information relating to works in the Tate Collection and draw on the resources in Tate's library and archive. This is an ideal opportunity for a scholar or curator who wishes to undertake research at Tate and is keen to share their work on an international platform.

The terms of the individual fellowships will be agreed after consultation with the successful applicants. However, all fellows are expected to:

  • Produce a final report summarising the research project.
  • Contribute research to one of Tate's online publication platforms
  • Convene a seminar or lecture at Tate or at a partner organisation.

The duration of the fellowship is negotiable (maximum three months) and there are two fellowships currently available. The starting dates are flexible, however both posts must be completed by January 2017. Fellowships are non-stipendiary. The posts are visiting opportunities; the successful applicants will not hold Tate staff positions. Each fellow will be reimbursed for their travel, accommodation and per diem expenses, the terms of which will be agreed with individuals on the basis of their particular projects and circumstances.

To apply please send a CV, the details of two referees, a specimen of a research publication, and a single-page project proposal by email to [email protected]

Application deadline: May 27 2016

Call for Papers | Materiality and the Visual Arts Archive: Matter and Meaning


23rd September 2016, University of Brighton

Keynote speaker: Professor Maryanne Dever University of Technology, Sydney, Australia


“On the one hand' material is discussed today in the light of an idea that it has been dissolved by the so-called immaterialities of new technologies, while on the other ' from the margins ' we can observe the consolidation of material as a category of its own.”

(Monika Wagner)

Proposals are invited for papers to be delivered at a symposium on materiality in art and design archives, to be held at the University of Brighton on 23 September 2016. The symposium is organised by the Committee for Art and Design Archives, part of ARLIS/UK & Ireland (Art Libraries Society).

Within the expanding digital environment that encompasses our professional and personal experience, ideas of materiality have received extensive recent attention, across a range of disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, art history, literary studies and material culture. As yet, archival theory and practice have given limited consideration to materiality as an approach to the archive. Conservation practices, while focussing on material qualities of archives, may not attend to more philosophical implications beyond technical research. This symposium seeks to reach across and between these various bodies of knowledge, considering materiality as a framework for analysing, interpreting and engaging with archives of art and design.

Papers of 25 minutes in length may cover, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Theories of materiality as applied to specifically archival contexts
  • The implications of digitisation on the materiality of archives: authenticity and the 'original'
  • The materiality of born-digital archives
  • The ethics of material intervention through preservation and conservation
  • Contextual materiality ' physical characteristics as a source of contextual and provenancial information.
  • Evidentiary materiality – deterioration and change as historical evidence

Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and a biography of up to 200 words by 20 April 2016 to [email protected]. Once the deadline has passed, submissions will be considered by the committee and candidates will be notified whether their paper has been selected by the end of May.

For up to date information on forthcoming workshops and free visits please see the online ARLIS/UK & Ireland Events Calendar 2013 at

Private View: Small Journeys | Paul Coldwell

Private View: Wednesday, 20th April 2016, 6-8pm

Exhibition Dates:
21st April – 27th May 2016

Opening Hours: Tues-Fri 10-5:30, Sat 11-2

This, the first exhibition by Paul Coldwell with Long & Ryle, presents a group of recent small sculptures and associated prints, which together explore ideas of journey, absence and loss. The sculptures are very much thinking models; propositions about how we might consider landscape, both from an interior perspective but also as seen from photographs and from above through the window of an aeroplane. The prints, developed on screen through the computer are reconstituted and resolved as physical prints, most recently as etchings, in order to reinstate their presence as objects in the world.

As an artist, Coldwell's practice includes prints, book works, sculptures and installations. He has exhibited widely, his work included in numerous public collections, including Tate, V&A, British Museum, the Arts Council of England and Mus e d’art et d’histoire, Geneva. He was selected for numerous open print exhibitions including the International Print Triennial, Cracow, Northern Print Biennial, Split Print Biennial, Croatia and Statements, SNAP3, Rheine Germany.

Contact Kinga for further details and images on 0207 834 1434 or [email protected].