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Recent events

The Centre for Visual Cultures has run a number of events in the past including:


Grey/Polychrome: Cy Twombly, Modernity, Classicism, and the History of Art

Grey Polychrome - Cy Twombly, Modernity, Classicism and the History of Art

Dr. Frances Guerin (Film Studies, University of Kent) in conversation with Prof. Ahuvia Kahane (Royal Holloway) explored the myriad tensions and provocations of Twombly's painting, presenting differeing approaches that offer new perpsectives on the body of work.

Curating Raphael: Invention and Eloquence 

Raphael Poster - 9 May

On 9 May, Dr Ben Thomas, Senior Lecture in History of Art at the University of Kent, discussed the exhibition of Raphael: The Drawings at the Ashmolean Museum in 2017, which shifted the ground from the linear and teleological consideration of drawings in reaction to paintings to an expolration of the gestural act of drawing and of the values inherent to disegno.

"¡Yo soy fidel!": Post-Castro Cuba and the Culty of Personality

Post-Castro Cuba and the Cult of Personality

On 2 May, renowned photographer John Perivolaris and James Kent, a specialist in Cuban visual cultures, discussed the extraordinary iconic power and cultural legacy of Fidel Castro.


David Vilaseca Memorial Lecture

On November 14, British artist Tamsyn Challenger delivered The 'David Vilaseca Memorial Lecture' entitled 'On Truth' in the Picture Gallery.

Poster of the event
Listen to the podcast
Transcript of lecture


Vilaseca Event photo credit: Chiraag Shah (second-year student, SMLLC)


Vilaseca Event photo credit: Chiraag Shah (second-year student, SMLLC)


Tamsyn Challenger  - photo credit:  Sophie Persson

To change or not to change the Wallace Collection

On November 8, Dr Xavier Bray, Director of the Wallace Collection, London, conducted a talk entitled : 'To change or not to change the Wallace Collection'  (in association with the ' Making Space for Art' HARI project).

Listen to the podcast

Download  Xavier Bray Walace Collection Nov 2017


Photographs taken of the event by Dr James Kent

Arp: The Poetry of Forms 

Professor Eric Robertson co-curated the international exhibition ‘Arp: the Poetry of Forms’, which ran at the Kröller-Müller Museum from May-September 2017.

This was a preview for the exhibition 'Arp: The Poetry of Forms' at the  Turner Contemporary Margate, which ran from 13 October 2017–14 January 2018.

Arp private view 1 of 2Arp private view 2 of 2

Images from the preview courtesy of Eric Robertson

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