Terry Frost, Timberain (1999) Acrylic on canvas, 3 panels, 119.5 x 207 cm

Timerain is appearing as part of the Creativity and Place exhibition at the Northcote theatre, that showcases images of art works from the University’s collection.

Creative Geographies take centre-stage at Exeter

Member’s of the School’s Geographies of Creativity and Knowledge research group have organised and hosted two highly successful Research Council-sponsored events.

On Tuesday June 22nd Assoc Prof Ian Cook and Dr Kathryn Yusoff curated an ESRC-sponsored seminar, ‘Creative Public Geographies’. In recent years, an increasing number of geographers and artists, poets, filmmakers, and other creative professionals have worked collaboratively, broadening the remit of geographical research and its outputs beyond the traditional texts and spaces of university education. Creative Public Geographies is the fourth in a series of six seminars on ‘engaging geography’, and brought geographers, artists and policymakers together to explore the collaborative potentials, working practices, forms and spaces of engagement, and publics generated through recent academic/creative work on, for example, climate change, animal geographies, ethical/sustainable consumption and postcolonial curating through a variety of project work underpinned by academic/creative collaborations. 35 people participated in the event and keynote talks were given by Divya Tolia-Kelly (Geography, Durham University), Emily Scott (independent artist and Los Angeles Urban Ranger) and Rona Lee (artist in residence, Oceanography, University of Southampton). For more information visit the engaging geography website.

A highly creative and busy week continued with a conference on Creativity and Place, Wed 23rd - Fri 25th June. Organised by Assoc Prof David Harvey, Dr Harriet Hawkins and Dr Nicola Thomas, the conference was a culminating-point of their three-year AHRC-funded research programme, 'Negotiating the cultural politics and poetics of identity within the Creative Industries of South West Britain'. Attended by researchers and practitioners from diverse interdisciplinary backgrounds, the conference explored and showcased the dynamic linkages between places and creative practices, via a mixture of artist-led presentations and critical analyses of practices including photography, music, poetry, site-specific art, urban exploration and children’s play. Keynote papers were given by Professor Sam Smiles (Art History, University of Plymouth and Tate Britain), Professor Wendy Larner (School of Geography, University of Bristol) and Professor Phil Crang (Department of Geography, RHUL).  The conference is accompanied by an exhibition on Creativity and Place that showcases images of art works from the University’s collection. The exhibition is on show at the Northcott theatre until the 8th July. Many thanks go to the drawing office for their role in putting this together.

Finally, to round off the week, Kathryn Yusoff gave a paper entitled, "Residencies of Air" at the AHRC Art and Environment Conference held at Tate Britain on Saturday 25th June. Kathryn was presenting alongside other high profile scholars, artists and curators. The event was one of the final elements of the Landscape and Environment Programme and was all in all a celebration of what can be achieved through excellent interdisciplinary scholarship.

Date: 8 July 2010

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