The Plowman’s Lunch @ Beacon Art Project, Friday 22 June 2012
Visibility and Invisibility: Audience, Artist and Curator
Reading Room & Chapel, High Street, Wellingore, Lincoln LN5 0HW
Food, conversation and debate were shared with guest speakers Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain and Alfredo Cramerotti, Director of Mostyn, Wales. The programme for the day was structured around the lunch with questions before and answers after, incorporating contributions from two artists previously commissioned by Beacon, Doug Fishbone and Kelly Large.
Alfredo Cramerotti is a writer, curator, editor and artist working across a variety of media such as TV, radio, publishing, internet, media festivals, photography, writing and exhibition curating. He directs Mostyn, Wales’ largest and leading contemporary art centre, co-directs AGM Culture, roaming curatorial agency and CPS Chamber of Public Secrets, media & art production unit (co-curator of Manifesta 8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Region of Murcia, Spain, 2010). He is Research Scholar at the European Centre for Photography Research, University of Wales, Newport, Visiting Lecturer in various European Universities among others NTU Nottingham Trent University, University of Westminster, HEAD Geneva and DAI Dutch Arts Institute, and Editor of the Critical Photography book series by Intellect Books. His own publications include the book Aesthetic Journalism: How to inform without informing (2009) and Unmapping the City: Perspectives of Flatness (2010).
Penelope Curtis In 1988 Penelope Curtis joined the new Tate Gallery Liverpool as Exhibitions Curator. In 1994 she moved to the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, where as Curator, she was responsible for a programme of historical and contemporary sculpture exhibitions, collections building in sculpture and archive, and research activity including events, fellowships and publications. She has written widely on 20th-century British sculpture, on European art and architecture of the inter-war years, and on many contemporary sculptors including Thomas Schűtte, Gerard Byrne and Isa Genzken. She is author of Sculpture 1900-1945: After Rodin (OUP, 1999) and Patio and Pavilion: The place of sculpture in Modern Architecture (Ridinghouse, 2007) and has recently curated Modern British Sculpture at the Royal Academy, London. Penelope Curtis became Director of Tate Britain in April 2010.
The Plowman’s Lunch aim is to develop and lead on new and fresh ways of thinking about curatorial and artistic practices. Practices that acknowledge the particularities of the rural contexts within which Beacon’s operates but at the same time also acknowledge their relevance to mainstream practices.
Each Plowman’s Lunch is ticketed with a maximum number of 35 attendees. The target audience are artists, academics, curators and other curious people in the East Midlands region and beyond. All participants will have the opportunity to contribute to, discuss and debate the theme of the Plowman’s Lunch. Each event is recorded and an edited transcript will be disseminated on Beacon’s website via podcasts and a pdf download.
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