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Live and Recorded talks relating to: 

Contemporary Art

  • Yoko One: key moments in her extraordinary career
    Yoko One: key moments in her extraordinary career
    With ‘Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind exhibition at Tate Modern, on until 1 September 2024, it is time to dive into the live and work of this powerful artist and activist for world peace. more info below
  • Weaving innovations and political entanglements
    Weaving innovations and political entanglements
    This talk by Sophie coincides with Unravel: The Power & Politics of Textiles in Art, 14/2 -26/5/24, Barbican, and will cover the plasticity and transformative potential of textiles as forces of resistance and healing! more info below
  • The Art of Rubbish
    The Art of Rubbish
    Cindy will discuss how artists use thrown away materials to create works of art which also confront contemporary issues like climate change and legacy of empire.
  • Contemporary Sculpture
    Contemporary Sculpture
    This lecture reveals how contemporary artists have forged new territories. Please join Sophie as she explains two important artist: RACHEL WHITEREAD- revealing the negative space and CORNELIA PARKER- connecting objects with the fragility of the human condition. more info below
  • Art of Ukraine: 'The Art of Resistance'
    Art of Ukraine: 'The Art of Resistance'
    In this lecture we will be examining contemporary artists and their responses to the second Russian invasion on 24/2/2022. In addition to the conventional mediums of art, we will be examining the role of digital art and mass media as an artistic tool in the fight against tyranny and oppression.
  • Sculpture: Hard stone & Soft power: the Metamorphosis of Gian Lorenzo Bernini
    Sculpture: Hard stone & Soft power: the Metamorphosis of Gian Lorenzo Bernini
  • Hockney's Love of Landscape
    Hockney's Love of Landscape
  • Intro to Contemporary art, Post WWII art
    Intro to Contemporary art, Post WWII art
    Art has gone through considerable changes in the production, exhibition and reception of art, creating the opportunity for artists to question how we interpret familiar things and what art is. This talk will give you an overview of art produced in the wake of WW2
  • Intro to contemporary art
    Intro to contemporary art
    Contemporary art often frustrates our wish to understand what we are looking at, finding it hard to relate to art produced in our own times. This talk will try and introduce some concepts, themes, main players and recurring points of discussion.
  • Virtual tour: Amsterdam Light Festival
    Virtual tour: Amsterdam Light Festival
    Join us on a filmed tour of the Amsterdam Light Festival! For 10 years now, this Festival has illuminated the dark days of winter. The artworks bring not only contemporary issues to light, but artists also use the art form to surprise, tell stories and to transform the urban surroundings.
  • Painting Now
    Painting Now
    Cindy looks at some of today’s leading young contemporary artists who exploit the unique characteristics of painting to create fresh & compelling images that reflect and articulate the times we are living in. Is this time honoured medium of art best suited to explore the complexity of our age?
  • Master Pieces: Ai WeiWei - Remembering, 2009
    Master Pieces: Ai WeiWei - Remembering, 2009
    As part of our Master Pieces Series, we delivered an online lecture on legendary Ai WeiWei on 7/4/20, which you can now watch on demand. Ai WeiWei's take on how the Chinese government deals with major disasters feels like an interesting one, especially now..
  • The Golden Age of British Contemporary Art: Did Brit Art really change the World?
    The Golden Age of British Contemporary Art: Did Brit Art really change the World?
    In 1988 art students from Goldsmith’s College, led by Damien Hirst, put on an infamous exhibition called Freeze, arguably kicking off one of the most fertile and radical periods in the story of art and putting London firmly at the centre of the contemporary art world!
  • Art as Seed of Political Alternatives
    Art as Seed of Political Alternatives
    This lecture will explain the Black Lives Matter protests concerning problematic art earlier this year, the return by some major museums of looted art, the re-labeling of exhibits, and the representation of the diverse societies of today.
  • The Disruptive power of Art
    The Disruptive power of Art
    Cindy Polemis looks at how artists have used art to challenge and question established conventions within the art world and in a wider social & political context. Focusing on artists from the late 20th- early 21st centuries, with a special emphasis on works at Tate. Be prepared for some surprises!
  • Leading Contemporary British Artists: Let's Hear it for the Girls!
    Leading Contemporary British Artists: Let's Hear it for the Girls!
    This year's Int Women’s Day theme is Choose to Challenge looking at inequalities. With the Art scene finally giving some real recognition to long establish female artists, Cindy looks at what’s been happening in Britain: who are the leading contemporary female artists, who should be household names?
  • The Art of Banksy
    The Art of Banksy
    The Art Of Banksy at 50 Earlham St London WC2, will hold the world’s largest collection of privately owned Banksy art from 21 May to 1 November 2020. For those of you who will visit this exhibition, or for any one interested in Banksy please join this talk on the artist and his art.
  • Weaving innovations and political entanglements
    Weaving innovations and political entanglements
    This talk by Sophie coincides with Unravel: The Power & Politics of Textiles in Art, 14/2 -26/5/24, Barbican, and will cover the plasticity and transformative potential of textiles as forces of resistance and healing! more info below
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