RCA talks

Peter Dormer Lecture 2016: Alison Britton

28 November 2016 | 6pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

By invite only.

This year's Peter Dormer Lecture will be given by Alison Britton. The Peter Dormer Lecture is the UK’s major annual applied arts lecture, held in memory of Peter Dormer, the writer and critic who died in 1996. Organised by a committee of his friends and colleagues and hosted by the Royal College of Art, the lecture aims to continue the debate about applied art and society that was central to Dormer’s concerns.

Alison Britton’s practice over the past few decades has explored both visual and verbal language, more or less in tandem. Making with clay and making with words have become interdependent. Reading and looking, it need hardly be said, have always been part of the process. Form and Fiction was the title of a solo exhibition she had in Germany in 1995, and the idea of fiction and literature, as much as objective or analytical writing, is still close to her inclination to make. 

Her lecture will follow particular connections that have fed into her understanding and her work, and she sees uncertainty – ‘not knowing’ entirely what you are going to make or write – as the real beginning of invention, even in the familiar territories of ceramics and writing.