The Centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures

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An International Education,
A London Location,
A Global Future

Flexible Curriculum at Richmond University

Flexible Start Dates

With the opportunity to start your
course in the Autumn (Fall) or the Spring

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British and international internships

Richmond offers all students the opportunity to take an internship

Richmond The American University in London

Academic Requirements

We accept qualifications from around the world

The Centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures (IVAC)IVAC logo


The Centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures’ (IVAC) Research Centre at Richmond University provides a framework for bringing together researchers, scholars and practitioners engaged with visual imagery and associated cultures in the broadest sense, across disciplines. IVAC’s mission is to explore the plurality of visual arts and cultures in all their aspects, from production, history, theory, media and practice to dissemination, impact, public engagement and potential futures. One of IVAC’s main objectives is to organise research and scholarly initiatives of international significance including at least one annual conference and two visiting professorships, the one a leading scholar, the other a leading professional, as well as public lectures, exhibitions, seminars and film screenings. The IVAC Research Centre is closely affiliated with the University’s MA in Art History and Visual Culture, MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating, and BA in Art History and Visual Culture. Students enrolled on these programmes and alumni are automatically members of IVAC as junior research colleagues. IVAC offers continuing support for alumni in their professional development including networking and guest lecture opportunities.

IVAC Membership

Full-Time faculty:

Adjunct Faculty:

  • Dr Nicolas Ferguson
  • Mr Tom Flynn
  • Mr Sam Hepworth
  • Dr Piola Massarotto
  • Ms Chino Otsuka
  • Dr Deborah Schultz
  • Dr Fred Vermorel
  • Ms Rahana Zaman
  • Rose Davey
  • Aislinn White
INAUGURAL COLLOQUIUM

INAUGURAL COLLOQUIUM FRIDAY 7 MARCH 2014  

Dr Alex Seago

Blow Up: Photography and the English Cultural revolution of the Early 1960s

Dr Deborah Schultz

Learning through Artists’ Books

Dr Robert J. Wallis

Destabilising the Universality of Art/Shamanism: from Cave Painting to the White Cube

Dr Dom Alessio

Easter Island and the Lost Continent of Mu

Dr Nicola Mann

From SuperOther to SuperMother: The Journey towards Liberty

Charlotte Bonham-Carter

Did Cultural Policy Under New Labour Encourage the Instrumental Use of Contemporary Art Galleries for Social Objectives?

Nick Ferguson, Goldsmiths College

The Aesthetics of Indifference

Dr Fred Vermorel

Michael Whittaker

Keynote – Dr Will Brooker, Kingston University

Keynote: Building a better Batgirl – ‘My So-Called Secret Identity’

Keynote – Rafal Niemojewski, Serpentine Gallery

Catching up with Practice: A New Approach to the History of Exhibitions and Institutions of Art in Relation to the Changing Ecology of the Expanded Artistic Field

IVAC Events

Publication & Launch of Pop Art & Design edited by Anne Massey & Alex Seago

This book offers the first in-depth analysis of the relationship between art and design, which led to the creation of ‘pop’. Challenging accepted boundaries and definitions seeking out various commonalities and points of connection between these two exciting areas. Confronting the all-pervasive `high art / low culture’ divide, Pop Art and Design brings a fresh understanding of visual culture during the vibrant 1950s and 60s. This was an era when commercial art became graphic design, illustration was superseded by photography and high fashion became street fashion, all against the backdrop of a rapidly-evolving economic and political landscape, a glamorous youth scene and an effervescent popular culture. The book’s central argument is that pop art relied on and drew inspiration from pop design, and vice versa. Pop Art and Design provides a case study in the broader inter-relationship between art and design, and constitutes the first interdisciplinary publication on the subject. The book launch is on November 30th at 7pm in Asa Briggs Hall.


PowerPoint Presentation

Prehistoric Phalli:
Changing Interpretations of Ancient Art & Sexuality

Dr Helen Wickstead, Senior Lecturer, Kingston University

15:00 MON 20 NOV 2017

THACKERAY 2

KENSINGTON CAMPUS


Exhibition Opening:’Kill the Indian, Save the Man’

Serena Katt, Adjunct Professor, Richmond Playground Gallery , Dalston Private view: 3 November, from 19:00 Open 4-5 Nov, 12:00 – 18:00.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Serena Katt and ceramic artist Ester Svensson. It will be comprised of a ceramics and illustration installation, and also be the launch event for Katt’s limited edition book “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”, (designed by the brilliant Joe Pielichaty), from which the exhibition takes its’ title.


PowerPoint Presentation


On Friday 13th October, one member of the electro comedy duo Cassetteboy will speak in Dr. Nicola Mann’s AVC 4205 Introduction to Visual Culture class. Cassetteboy are known for their ‘mashups’ of celebrities such as David Cameron and Alan Sugar.

Several of the duo’s videos have gone viral, securing millions of views on Youtube. Cassetteboy are perhaps best known for their”Cameron’s Conference Rap” (2014), featuring cut-up clips of the then British Prime Minister David Cameron speaking at the annual Conservative Party Conference, set to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”.

Join us to discuss issues connected to culture-jamming, online cut and paste mischief-making, and political humour in visual culture!

Day: Friday 13th October

Time: 12:30-13:00

Location: LEC 2, Taylor Library, Hill Campus.


IVAC EVENT: BOOK LAUNCH OF Dr. Paul Rekret’s ‘Down with Childhood: Pop Music and the Crisis of Innocence’
The Research Centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures (IVAC) is delighted to announce that Dr. Paul Rekret, Associate Professor of Politics, will be launching his new book, ‘Down with Childhood: Pop Music and the Crisis of Innocence’ (Repeater Books) on Monday 2 October, 6pm, Asa Briggs Hall, Kensington Campus. All are welcome.


Publication & Launch of Rhetoric, Social Value and the Arts edited by Charlotte Bonham-Carter and Nicola Mann

The book reveals how the ‘social value of art’ may have one meaning for a policy maker, another for a museum and still yet another for an artist – and it is therefore in the interaction between these agents that we learn the most about the importance of rhetoric and interpretation. As a trajectory in art history, socially engaged art has a long and established history. However, in recent years—or since ‘the social turn’ that occurred in the 1990s—the rhetoric surrounding the social value of art has been assimilated by cultural policy makers and museums.  Interdisciplinary in its approach, and bringing together contributions from artists, curators and academics, the volume explores rhetoric, social value and the arts within different social, political and cultural contexts.

The book launch is on Friday 22 September at 5pm in the Asa Briggs Social Space, Kensington Campus.


Gaia Trussardi, IVAC Visiting Professor, awarded Honorary Doctorate
25 May 2017

Gaia Trussardi was appointed the Creative Director of Trussardi Group in February 2013. In this role, she supervises all creative aspects for the renowned fashion house, from the conception and development of collections to style and advertising campaigns. Gaia joined in the family business at a very young age. Over the years, she has worked in all areas of the company’s creative and production process – from materials selection to stylistic decisions – gaining great entrepreneurial expertise and perfecting her trend‐setting approach. Gaia Trussardi is currently a member of the Board of Administration of the group. Gaia, who earned a degree in Sociology and Anthropology at Richmond, is a keen observer of lifestyles and trends in various cultural areas such as fashion, society, communications, and music.


‘Portrait (for a Screenplay) of Beth Harmon’ Tenderpixel

4 May until 3 June 2017

Opening Wednesday, 3 May, 7–9pm
Chess Club, screening at Close-Up Film Centre, 27 May, 1-3pm

Richard Bevan & Wolfram Wiedner, Erika Blair, Bronwen Buckeridge, Alejandro Cesarco, Alice Channer, Lucy Clout, Mike Cooter, Melanie Counsell, Haris Epaminonda, Matt Fitts, Anne Hardy, Etan Ilfeld, Lauren Keeley, Gareth Long, Sara MacKillop, Lorna Macintyre, Jonathan Monk, Madeleine Pledge, Laura Reeves, Giles Round, SMT, Hayley Tompkins, Rhianna Turnbull, Phoebe Unwin, Stuart Whipps, Lillian Wilkie

Eight year old Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she’s competing for the U.S. open championship. But as Beth hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting. —Blurb from The Queen’s Gambit, Vintage Books edition

The Queen’s Gambit was written when Walter Tevis’ previous novels were known more for their film adaptations – The Colour of Money, The Hustler and The Man Who Fell to Earth. The novel follows the life of Beth Harmon, an orphan who is discovered to be a chess prodigy, from the age of 8 through to adulthood. The book was praised for the accuracy of its portrayals of the professional chess circuit and the internal workings of the mind of a chess player (Tevis himself was a class C chess player). The screenplay of the book has had a troubled past, with Tevis himself writing a synopsis and script in 1984. Most recently Heath Ledger had been working on it as his directorial debut at the time of his death in 2008. Portrait (for a screenplay) of Beth Harmon is an ongoing project inviting artists to read the book and is a way of expanding the character of Beth. Beth Harmon was fascinating, but she only existed on those 243 pages of the novel. Beth’s chess is subtle and intricate, like chamber music. She has a visual sense of the powers the pieces exude over the board as she moves them into place and once the rules are mastered there’s a sense of moving freely and her play becomes beautiful. In the Queen’s Gambit Walter Tevis invites us to hear Beth thinking. We are aware of how Beth’s mind is supple, reactive, alert to possibility. We are also worried for her, the fear of failure is ever-present. In turn the exhibition becomes like Beth’s mind, a space in which reading and thinking are opened out. Each artist has responded by making a new piece. Ideas are still felt to be fresh here. The invitation to make a portrait imposes a loose framework for artists to work amongst and perhaps suggests a different approach to making. It could be a small detail from the text that provides the impetus: a metaphor of a polished diamond, a vivid creme de menthe green, a sample from the West Side Story soundtrack or a piece of clothing Beth might wear. There are also moments when we glimpse Beth’s likeness: one work imagines a casting call for her role while another briefly adopts her persona. The works in this exhibition are an evocation of Beth Harmon, they begin to set the scene but they won’t elucidate as the blurb of a book does. They are not in themselves portraits, but studies, notes in the margins, dog-eared pages and collected Post-it notes towards the idea of a portrait. Each piece will have its own backstory. Avenues might open up, or else close in, like a tough chess game.


Richmond Professors Richard Bevan and Rehana Zaman will take part in Multiplexing II at Cineworld Glasgow on Tuesday 21st March

LUX and LUX Scotland are pleased to present MULTIPLEXING II, an itinerant moving image project developed by artists Richard Bevan, Rebecca Birch, Kathryn Elkin, Ian Giles, Thomas Lock, Edward Thomasson, Richard Whitby, Rehana Zaman. Using the architecture of a multiplex cinema as the site for a conversation between seven works, the viewer is invited to move between separate screens of the cinema. The event reconstitutes the industrial structure of the multiplex as portmanteau – seven works as one work.

Bevan, Birch, Elkin, Giles, Lock, Thomasson, Whitby and Zaman were participants of the LUX Associate Artist Programme in 2013–14. LUX’s unique post-academic development course for artists working with the moving image was facilitated by the influential artist, performer, curator, teacher and writer, Ian White (1971–2013) from 2007 to 2013. MULTIPLEXING emerged from this programme and was first presented at PeckhamPlex in South London in late 2014. Presented for the first time in Glasgow four years after White’s untimely death in 2013, this restaging provides an ex-citing opportunity to reflect on his legacy – in particular, his approach to group learning and radical pedagogy.

The project is supported by the Elephant Trust.


REFLECTIONS ON CELTIC ART:
A RE-EXAMINATION OF MIRROR DECORATION, Dr Jody Joy,
Senior Curator (Archaeology)
Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology University of Cambridge

The Research Centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures (IVAC) is delighted to announce that Dr. Jody Joy, Senior Curator (Archaeology) at the Museum of Archaeology and Archaeology, University of Cambridge, will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Reflections on Celtic Art: A Re-examination of Mirror Decoration, in March. Dr. Joy has published widely on Celtic Art in Britain, including the monograph ‘Reflections on the Iron Age: biographies of mirrors’ (Oxford 2010). Before joining the MAA, Dr. Joy was Curator of European Iron Age Collections at the British Museum, London.

TUESDAY 14 MARCH 2017, 15:00 
305 ASA BRIGGS HALL, KENSINGTON CAMPUS


‘Cultivating Curiosities’
Emily Vigor, MA

Emily Vigor graduated with an MA in Art History from Richmond in 2007. She has since gained an MLIS (Emphasis in Archives) and worked at the Weinstein Gallery, Academy of Art University and currently as a Collections Archivist in the Environmental Design Archives at the University of California at Berkeley. During a one month sabbatical in England in order to catalogue a collection of architectural drawings based in Somerset, Emily will visit Richmond’s Kensington Campus to talk about her work in this exciting field of visual arts curating. The lecture is part of the Research and Professional Practices Seminar Series for the MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating, and is hosted by Richmond’s IVAC: The Centre for International Visual Arts and Culture.

11:00 MONDAY 17 OCTOBER 2016
305 ASA BRIGGS HALL, KENSINGTON CAMPUS, RICHMOND UNIVERSITY All are welcome


FROM GRADUATE SCHOOL TO MUSEUMS: AN EARLY CAREER IN THE ART WORLD

Katie Hall graduated from Richmond, the American International University in 2012 with a Master of Arts in Art History and Visual Culture. While at Richmond, Katie worked as a Collections Intern at the National Trust, which cemented her love for collections management. In the four years since returning to the United States, she has navigated her way through the museum world and now holds the position of Registrar for Collections at the Arkansas Arts Center. As Registrar for Collections, Katie oversees the museum’s collection, which boasts a number of renowned works including drawings, contemporary craft, paintings, photographs, and prints. In this lecture, Katie will discuss her experience transitioning from academia to the museum workforce, her professional experience after graduate school, the role of the Registrar in a museum, and answer questions about the field of collections management.

18.00, Thursday 21 April, Asa Briggs Hall 210


Visiting Professor & Richmond alumna Gaia Trussardi ‘Clothes & Culture : Wearability & the Democratic Spirit’

On Friday 15 April at 11.30 in LT 17 Young St Visiting Professor & Richmond alumna Gaia Trussardi will be presenting on ‘Clothes & Culture: Wearability & the Democratic Spirit’

This is an IVAC event in collaboration with MKT 5410 Psychology of Fashion and Luxury Goods class.


Cutting, Arranging and Pasting:
Displaying Graphic Culture in the Collection of
Sarah Sophia Banks (1744-1818)

Dr Arlene Leis

In this lecture I consider researching archives and collection management, focussing on the collection of Sarah Sophia Banks, the sister of the celebrated botanist and patron of the natural sciences, Sir Joseph Banks. Comprising an early form of scrapbook, Sarah Sophia’s repository contains a rich assemblage of commercial materials, including playbills, admission tickets, broadsheets, newspaper clippings and trade cards – works which, although never displayed within the exhibition arena, hold considerable art-historical value. However, even as the scrapbook approach that Sarah Sophia employed for systematizing her collection makes it seem a particularly personal enterprise, we should also view it as a mechanism that brought the public domain into the domestic sphere. Not only did this important collection play a significant role in the construction of genteel ideals of femininity, it simultaneously exhibited traces of the wider graphic culture from which it was born.

Dr Arlene Leis graduated with an MA in Art History from Richmond in 2008 and completed her PhD at the University of York in 2013. In 2014, Arlene was awarded a Paul Mellon Post-doctoral fellowship, and in 2015 she held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York. She recently completed the first manuscript draft of her book, ‘Sarah Sophia Banks: Femininity, Sociability and the Practice of Collecting in Late Georgian England’.    

17.00, Tuesday 12 April 2016, 216 Asa Briggs Hall, Kensington


Violence is in the knowing: The Trauma Landscapes of Santu Mofokeng

SARAH RICHTER
MA in Art History and Visual Culture, Richmond University
PhD Candidate in Contemporary Art History, University of Illinois

Richter’s research examines the trauma landscape photography of South African artist, Santu Mofokeng. This body of work captures people-less landscapes from South Africa and Nazi Germany. Photographing Robben Island, Auschwitz, the Vlakplaats, and the Concentration camps at Brandenburg over time, the landscape is eroded, worn down, and changed but the memory attached to the landscape remains. The ontology of the landscape incorporates both this physical erosion (erasure) and the unchanged memory or the memory of an unchanged landscape forever stuck in trauma. The quotidian quality of Mofokeng’s landscapes are sharply altered by the textual captions which shock, they are Barthes’ punctum which forces the viewer into a contemplative realization that this has been and that this was once the site of unfathomable violence; violence that is not shown but one that his captions evoke. If violence is in the knowing, how do these landscapes challenge our relationship and understanding of place? The purpose of this lecture is to discuss how Mofokeng’s use of black and white photography is a visual trope that paints race onto people-less landscapes and forces viewers into contemplation regarding the traumatic memories inherent in daily sites. The power in these photographs lies in the way that they force a renegotiation to place. Mofokeng believes that violence is in the knowing and once there is knowledge of trauma, how can a place stay the same?

5pm, 5 April, Asa Briggs Hall, Kensington Campus


Book launch of Dr. Wallis’ Historical Dictionary of Shamanism

A remarkable array of people have been called shamans, while the phenomena identified as shamanism continues to proliferate. This revised and expanded second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Shamanism by Graham Harvey and Robert Wallis includes hundreds of new cross-referenced dictionary entries on individuals, groups, practices and cultures that have been called “shamanic”, a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive annotated bibliography. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Shamanism.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2016

BOOK LAUNCH
WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY, 6pm
SOCIAL SPACE, ASA BRIGGS HALL, KENSINGTON CAMPUS


Dr. Robert J. Wallis to deliver The Alfred Levitt Memorial Lecture on Prehistoric Art at the University of Mary Washington:

Dr. Robert J. Wallis will deliver The Alfred Levitt Memorial Lecture on Prehistoric Art at the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, on 1 February 2016. Entitled ‘Art and Shamanism, from Cave Painting to the White Cube’, this public lecture will introduce aspects of Wallis’ research critically examining the representation of art and shamanism as timeless, universal features of human experience with an apparently immutable relationship from prehistory to the present. In this lecture Wallis focusses on how the history of thinking on prehistoric cave art has contributed to the entanglement of the terms shamanism and art, and the impact of this presumed affinity on how certain contemporary artists are presented as ‘shamans’ today.

Following his lecture at UMW, Wallis will attend the College Art Association Conference in Washington, D.C., 3-6 February, where he will meet prospective students and host a reunion for alumni from the MA in Art History and Visual Culture, and MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating, on Fri 5 February. Prospective students and alumni interested in meeting Dr Wallis can contact him directly, wallisr@richmond.ac.uk.

Dr. Robert J. Wallis is Professor of Visual Culture, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Programmes and Convenor of the MA in Art History and Visual Culture in the School of Communications, Arts and Social Sciences, at Richmond.
MA VAM student visit to Agnes Martin exhibition, led by Dr Robert Wallis, Tate Modern, Mon 28 Sep: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/agnes-martin


Dr Mann co-organiser with Dr Annita Ventouris, The Psychology of Happiness and Wellbeing: Young Children, Play and the Arts conference (draft title), Richmond, The American International University in London, March 2016 – details to follow


IVAC collaboration with South London Gallery on Professional Practice Day Workshop for MA VAM students – Date TBA


MA VAM student study trip to The World Goes Pop exhibition, led by Dr Robert Wallis, Tate Britain, Mon 16 November 2015: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/ey-exhibition-world-goes-pop


East End Graffiti tour led by Dr Nicola Mann, for MA VAM, BA AVC and Art Appreciation Society students, Fri 13 Nov 2015


MA VAM student study trip led by Dr Robert Wallis, to Celts: Art and Identity, British Museum, Mon 2 Nov 2015: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/celts.aspx


MA VAM student study trip to the Venice Biennale, led by Dr Oonagh Murphy, 27-30 October 2015: http://www.labiennale.org/en/Home.html


MA VAM students to attend Grayson Perry lecture: ‘downloading from your head’, Saturday 24 October 2015, 13.30–14.30, BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=2481&title=Grayson%20Perry:%20downloading%20from%20your%20head&eventType=Lecture


Student study trip to St Ives, Cornwall, led by Dr Nicola Mann, for MA VAM, BA AVC and Art Appreciation Society, 8-11 Oct 2015.


MA VAM student visit to Museums Showoff 20, led by Dr Oonagh Murphy, Tuesday 29 Sep 2015: https://museumsshowoff.wordpress.com/


Dr Nick Ferguson:
Futuro Estate. 2015. Fibreglass, steel, fittings. Maraya Art Park, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Commissioned by Dr Alexandra MacGilp and the Maraya Art Centre for the exhibition Imitation Game 2015.


MA VAM student study trip led by Dr Oonagh Murphy to Frieze art fair, Thu 15 Oct: http://friezelondon.com/MA VAM students to attend Grayson Perry lecture: ‘downloading from your head’, Saturday 24 October 2015, 13.30–14.30, BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=2481&title=Grayson%20Perry:%20downloading%20from%20your%20head&eventType=Lecture

Ms Chino Otsuka:
Exhibition: Contemporary Japanese Photography, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, US, 6 October 2015 – 21 February 2016
Exhibition: Art Tower Mito – Contemporary Art Center Mito Arts Foundation, Japan, 1 August – 18 October 2015


Lecture by Anna Douglas, curator of the ‘Shirley Baker: Women, Children and Loitering Men’ exhibition, Photographers Gallery London, 17 Jul – 20 Sep 2015, Wednesday 16th September


MA VAM student visit to Agnes Martin exhibition, led by Dr Robert Wallis, Tate Modern, Mon 28 Sep: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/agnes-martin


MA VAM student visit to Museums Showoff 20, led by Dr Oonagh Murphy, Tuesday 29 Sep 2015: https://museumsshowoff.wordpress.com/


Conference: ‘What is this Pop? Pop Art and Pop Design’: co-organised by Dr Alex Seago (Richmond University) and Dr Anne Massey (Kingston University), 29 Nov 2013. See for copy: http://www.collegeart.org/opportunities/listing/9373/; http://arthist.net/archive/6278.


Conference: ‘Artists’ Books: Collaborations’: collaboration with University of Northumbria and Glydwyr, 20 March 2015. See for copy: http://arthist.net/archive/9294;


Thursday 17 September, 19.00-20.30

Wellcome Collection, Euston

Dr Robert J. Wallis to speak at Wellcome Institute on ‘Rituals in the 21st century: continuity or reinvention’

Wallis will be part of a panel of three anthropologists discussing ritual today in response to the exhibition of Alice Anderson’s work, ‘Memory Movement Memory Objects’, currently on show at the Wellcome Collection. Wallis’s contribution will introduce the anthropology of ritual and focus on the re-use of shamanism by Western practitioners and contemporary artists. Tickets are available for the event on Thursday 17 September, 19.00-20.30 at the Wellcome Collection, Euston.

Dr. Robert J. Wallis is Professor of Visual Culture, Associate Dean of Postgraduate Programmes and Convenor of the MA in Art History and Visual Culture at Richmond University. He is interested in the archaeology and anthropology of art and religion with a particular focus on prehistoric rock art, shamanism and animism, and the uses of shamanism in society today. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Wallis is the author or co-author of over 100 articles, chapters and other publications, and five books including A Permeability of Boundaries? New Approaches to the Archaeology of Art, Religion and Folklore (Oxford 2001), Shamans/neo-Shamans: Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans (Routledge 2003), Historical Dictionary of Shamanism (Scarecrow 2005), and Sacred Sites, Contested Rites/Rights: Pagan Engagements with Archaeological Monuments (Sussex 2007). He is currently working on a monograph critically examining the interface between shamanism and art, from prehistoric cave painting to the contemporary art gallery.


THURSDAY 2 JULY 2015, 18.00

UPPER DINING HALL, ATLANTIC HOUSE, KENSINGTON CAMPUS

A Lens-Based, Non-Profit, Start-Up: 

FotoFocus in the Realm of the International Art Fair

The FotoFocus Biennial launched in 2012 to present a month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a non-profit organization, FotoFocus is dedicated to sponsoring and providing funds to institutions to produce photography exhibitions and events that are artistically and intellectually engaging, while also being enriching to a large and diverse public. For example, most recently FotoFocus was a proud supporter of the Screenings during Paris Photo LA in April 2014. In this lecture, the Executive Director of FotoFocus introduces the project, examines its contributions to date, and considers and its position as an international art fair.

Mary Ellen Goeke has worked for over twenty-five years with museums and art organizations in New York, Chicago, Hartford and Cincinnati. She has held a number of positions at the Cincinnati Art Museum and at the American Federation of Arts in New York, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and the Terra Museum of American Art/Musée d’Art Américain in Giverny. She established a private consulting practice in Cincinnati in established 2001. She graduate with an MA in Art History at Richmond University in 2006. Her thesis examined fine art museums and early 20th century photography: Aesthetics, Taste and Cultural Distinction: The Museum of Modern Art and An American Place Gallery, New York, 1929.

All are welcome. Wine will be served.


20 March 2015

Professor Dennis de Caires and Dr Deborah Schultz co-organised a one day conference at Richmond on 20 March 2015 focusing on ‘Artists’ Books: Collaborations’.

The conference was supported by the International Visual Arts and Cultures (IVAC) research cluster and brought together artists, academics, museum curators and students from the UK, Switzerland and Germany to explore the many varied ways in which artists’ books operate as forms of collaboration.

Papers discussed collaboration in terms of word-image relations and combinations of materials, as well as the collaborative processes that underpin the production of artists’ books. Four of the papers were collaborative acts in themselves, involving two or more presenters. Thus both the books produced and the processes function as dialogues, in which ideas are exchanged and generated.

The conference concluded with a reception in the new space in the Asa Briggs building, where Nina Rodin (Trelex Residency, Switzerland) curated an exhibition of artists’ books, and Tamsin Clark (Tender Books, London) hosted a pop up of her Cecil Court bookshop.


Dr Mann co-organisor with Charlotte Bonham-Carter (Central St Martins) of panel “The Institutionalization of Social Practice”, College Art Association 104th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. February – copy could be taken from: http://www.aah.org.uk/post/1651


21 November

IVAC Lecture, Dr Arlene Leis, Cutting, Arranging and Pasting: Displaying Graphic Culture in the Collection of Sarah Sophia Banks (1744-1818)


12 November 2014  

Jennifer R. Henneman, Queens, Cowgirls, and Courtesans: The Democracy of the Late-19th Century Shop Window,

Dr Arlene Leis, Cutting, Arranging and Pasting: Displaying Graphic Culture in the Collection of Sarah Sophia Banks (1744-1818)


2 October 2014

Interrogating the Global Cultural Network of Cities With Ulrike Chouguley


6 AUGUST 2014  

“IMAGINING AFRICA IN AMERICAN FASHION” BY DR. VICTORIA PASS


15 JULY 2014  

Starting from Scratch: Entrepreneurial Moves in a Contemporary Art Career

Jess Van Nosstrand


24 MARCH 2014

“WHY FASHION MATTERS” BY DR. ALISON BANCROFT

IVAC Conferences

London is Open: Cultural Diplomacy post Brexit 27.03.2017

Richmond held a conference, London is Open: Cultural Diplomacy post-Brexit on 27 March 2017 at the Kensington Campus.

The well-attended event included contributions from: Mafalda Damaso, Goldsmiths University; Mike Clewley, Cultural Tourism Officer; Amanda Decker, Greater London Authority; Eleanor Pinfield, Head of Art of the Underground, Transport for London; Richard Dufty, Senior Producer, Battersea Arts Centre; Chair Simon Rofe, SOAS; Aimee Fullman, University of Westminster; Ellen Wettmark, Counsellor for Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Sweden and Rebecca Walton, Regional Director EU, British Council

The conference was organised by Dr Martin D. Brown, Dr Nick Ferguson and Dr Oonagh Murphy, in collaboration with the International Visual Arts and Culture, and the State, Power and Globalisation research centres, and with generous support from the Gul Tokay & Birgan Iseri funds.


Increasing Happiness and Wellbeing through Arts Participation & Play Conference
Friday 18th March 2016

Richmond, The American International University in London, Lecture Theatre, 17 Young Street, London, UK, W8 5EH

9.30-10.00: Registration
10.00-10.15: Introduction
10.15-11.15: Jocelyn Dodd and Dr Ceri Jones, University of Leicester
“Mind, Body, Spirit: How Museums Impact Health and Wellbeing”
11.15-11.30: Break
11.30-12.30: Dr Tim Lomas, University of East London
“Positive Art: Artistic Expression and Appreciation as an Exemplary Vehicle for Flourishing”
12.30-13.30: Lunch
13.30-14.30: Eithne Nightingale, Queen Mary University of London & the V&A
“Memory, Migration and Creativity”
14.30-15.30: Hilary Jennings, Happy Museum Project
“Stewardship, Citizenship and Resilience”
15.30-15.45: Break
15.45-16.45: Charlotte Derry, Independent Play Specialist
“Play Development and Creative Heritage Projects, More Playful Playtimes”
16.45-18.00: Reception

This event is sponsored by the Gul Tokay Fund, the Richmond Psychology Association, and the International Visual Arts & Culture (IVAC) research centre at Richmond, The American International University in London

The event is free and open to all.

If you plan to attend, please register via Eventbrite


Conference: ‘Artists’ Books: Collaborations’: collaboration with University of Northumbria and Glydwyr, 20 March 2015. See for copy: http://arthist.net/archive/9294


Conference: ‘What is this Pop? Pop Art and Pop Design’: co-organised by Dr Alex Seago (Richmond University) and Dr Anne Massey (Kingston University), 29 Nov 2013. See for copy: http://www.collegeart.org/opportunities/listing/9373/; http://arthist.net/archive/6278.