School of Fine Art Announce Visual Cultures Public Lecture Series 2016/17

This year’s Visual Cultures public lecture series, hosted by the School of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art, focuses on the theme of Orientations: Locate & Reshape with speakers including 2016 Turner Prize shortlisted artist Anthea Hamilton and influential painter Luc Tuymans. 

The 2016/17 Visual Cultures lecture series is the fourth of its kind. Last year’s series saw discussions between artists, historians, theorists and cultural critics. This year, members of RCA staff host conversations with guests from a range of backgrounds in order to better understand the context in which art is made and received. The series explores our cultural and contextual awareness of global change through a focused engagement on cultural identities, considering such themes as national and cultural belonging, gender identities and the politics of technology.

The first lecture takes place on 18 October 2016 with a conversation around ‘The Politics of Technology’ between prominent radical thinker Esther Leslie, Professor of Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck College, University of London, author of Hollywood Flatlands: Animation, Critical Theory and the Avant-garde (2002), and Mike Stubbs, Director/CEO of  leading commissioning organisation FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology. Stubbs has won awards for his work in the arts and moving image, which encompasses film, video, mixed media installations and performance.

Further events in the series include internationally renowned Professor of Philosophy and Fine Art Johnny Golding, who will be talking to the writer, thinker and cultural critic Shumon Basar, commissioner of the Global Art Forum, about ‘The Post-Human & the Future of Humanity’; performance artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd and Nina Power, author of One-Dimensional Woman,  will discuss whether we still have a subconscious and how to interpret the contemporary; Anthea Hamilton, nominated for the 2016 Turner Prize, will talk about ‘The performative act, the body & eroticism’ with artist and award-winning poet Heather Phillipson and artist Eddie Peake.

The series will close in spring 2017 with ‘Cultural ID & Europe, Authenticity’, a conversation between Luc Tuymans, often described as one of the most influential contemporary painters in Europe, and Gilane Tawadros, Chief Excecutive of the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) and founding Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva).   

Chairs include researcher and artist Giorgos Kontis, Curator and Deputy Director at Raven Row Antony Hudek, acclaimed author Tom McCarthy, and curator, critic and writer at Frieze, Jonathan P Watts.

All lectures are free and will take place at the RCA’s Fine Art Campus in Battersea. The School of Fine Art also delivers Fine Art Talks every Wednesday and a Film Night Series every Tuesday evening.

Read more about the 2016/17 series and watch events from previous years


Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Dyson Building, 1 Hester Road, London SW11 4AN

Doors open at 6.20pm and lectures begin at 6.30pm. No booking is required but early arrival is advised.

For enquiries please email anne.duffau@rca.ac.uk

View recorded RCA Talks here