IVAC Working in the Art World Exchange

The research centre for International Visual Arts and Cultures and the Art Exhibition Society collaborated on a ‘Working in the Art World’ exchange on 18 April, Asa Briggs Hall, Kensington Campus.

The event brought together alumni from the MA in Art History and Visual Culture, and MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating, to share their experiences with students, faculty and special guests, of establishing a career in London’s creative industries.

The panel comprised: Margaree Cotten (Artist and Client Registrar, Gagosian Gallery), Kate Scott (Marketing and Research Manager, Tanya Baxter Gallery), Yoanna Ivanova (Gallery Operations Officer, Ben Uri Gallery), and Dr. Arlene Leis (Independent Scholar).

The discussants were IVAC Visiting Professor, Dr. Anne Massey and Aislinn White, Assistant Professor at Richmond.

Following the discussion there was an opportunity for networking during a wine reception.

Project Management in Action

Richmond MBA students visited the ISNTD festival in central London. ISNTD Festival brings together the creative arts and global health communities to explore the issues, challenges, opportunities and solutions that are needed to transform research into actual change, by focusing on communities affected by Neglected Tropical Deseases.

The one-day festival allowed students to attend presentations, participate in workshops and network with visual artists, national geographic photographers, government representatives and corporate delegates from multinational companies like Johnson and Johnson, UBS, and Merck, amongst others.

William Durden

Positive Women – Heartache, hope and living with HIV

On Monday April 16th, at 1030 am, at the Lecture Hall within 17 Young Street, there was a showing of a short documentary film of ‘Positive Women …’. Here is a link to a trailer.

The film offered a glimpse into the lives of 6 women living within the Nakulabye slum which is within a mile of the central business districts of Kampala, Uganda. The documentary captured the reality of the poverty and helplessness and the mistreatment endured by the women and their families. The women were all mothers to several children each and all were HIV positive; yet their stories were full of hope and aspiration.

Those in attendance at the showing were left in a state of awe and tremendous respect for the women portrayed within the documentary. The documentary’s associate producer, Anne Lotter, who is a Richmond professor, was at hand to offer context and answer questions from the audience of students, staff and faculty.

Thanks to Anne Lotter for sharing with the community and to the Wellbeing Research Centre for hosting the event.

William Durden

So you want to work in Theatre and Performance?

Wednesday 21st March saw a very well attended and stimulating Theatre & Performance Career’s Night at Richmond’s Kensington campus. A panel of four Arts industry professionals including actors, directors, and script/screen writers spoke about their career pathways including challenges they faced and the importance of developing relationships, advised on post graduate study, employability in the creative arts industry, answered questions, and provided a lively and memorable evening, including a star performance from SCOUT!

Sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts and designed and organised by the Theatre and Performance faculty, the event attracted students from not only the Theatre & Performance programme but also Film Studies and Communications’ Media programmes.

Watch this space for the next careers evening in the new semester of Fall 2018 with different professionals like editors, film curators, dramaturgs and actors agents.


William Durden

Wednesday 6th June 2018 – Undergraduate Open Day

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Stephen Basdeo publishes book on England’s first revolutionary, Wat Tyler

Stephen Basdeo has just published a history book entitled The Life and Legend of a Rebel Leader: Wat Tyler (2018). It examines the life of the leader of the Peasants’ Revolt, Wat Tyler, who led an army of 50,000 commoners to London to demand an end to the hated poll tax and an end to serfdom. Tyler was executed for his actions but a number of writers and activists retold his story in succeeding centuries, especially at times of growing public discontent. As Basdeo argues, whenever Wat Tyler’s name was invoked by the people, the establishment usually had something to fear.

Stephen Basdeo is an instructor at Leeds RIASA. He is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters which explore the history of various famous figures from the Middle Ages, including Robin Hood and the Viking, Ragnar Lodbrok. He is currently drafting an article on the first Robin Hood novel, which is an unpublished manuscript by Robert Southey entitled Harold; or, The Castle of Morford (1794).

Eunice Goes publishes article the 2017 General Election

Eunice Goes just published the article on the 2017 general election entitled ‘Eleições no Reino Unido: efeitos Brexit e austeridade produzem surpresa eleitoral’ (No. 56, December 2017) in the peer-reviewed journal Relações Internacionais. The article was part of an issue that concentrated on elections in post-crisis Europe. The journal can be found here.

RIASA 6 A-Side Charity Football Tournament in Association with Leeds United Foundation

RIASA will be running a  6-A-Side Charity Football Tournament to raise money for the Leeds United foundation Ability Counts program, a leading provider of disability football in the UK. The tournament will be at Leeds Beckett, Headingley Campus 3G, on Wednesday, April 4th from 2:30-5:30pm with refreshments provided. The registration fee for a team will be £30, all of which will go to the Foundation. There will be 10 teams maximum of 8 players maximum per team. The winning team will be awarded a trophy and medals. We will also be running a raffle with tickets being sold until 5pm on April 4th. In addition to smaller prizes, the GRAND PRIZE will be 4 Leeds United Tickets for the match on April 21st!

Here is the link to sign your team up!

To pay the £30 registration fee as well as make donations, head to the JustGiving Page!

Eunice Goes publishes chapter in Britain Votes 2017

Eunice Goes published the book chapter ‘Jez We Can Labour’s Campaign: Defeat With a Taste of Victory’ in the volume Britain Votes 2017 edited by Jonathan Tonge, Cristina Leston-Bandeira and Stuart Wilks-Heeg and published by Oxford University Press. This is the first published academic volume that analyses the 2017 British general election. This volume was also published as a special issue in the journal Parliamentary Affairs and can be accessed for free by following this link.