Ruin and Rebuild: Exhibition of Urban Dereliction – 25 November 2017 12pm

Ruin and Rebuild: Exhibition of Urban Dereliction hosted by Dr Grace Halden on 25 November 2017

To check out the artist and exhibits, and for further details please visit here:


Room B03, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck College, University of London, London


. . Category: Archived Events . Tags: , , , , , ,

Corkscrew: Invitation to group crits for writing-led practices

Invitation to group crits for writing-led practices.

‘I am looking to establish a small group of practitioners with similar specific or thematic concerns to present work for critical feedback. In addition to Birkbeck research students, I am also inviting practice-based research students in the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, too.

We would conduct crit-like sessions, with a small number of people presenting work for feedback from the group. Over a number of sessions everyone would have a chance to present. The idea is to generate a community that can offer specific technical advice, as well as more general feedback.

The focus of the group is writing – specifically the production of text for the gallery or other curated spaces. This could be text to be read, performed, listened to or watched onscreen. We would book rooms at Birkbeck for optimum viewing conditions: the cinema, the performance space, the gallery or academic seminar rooms.

If you’d like to participate, please contact Sally:

. . Category: Archived Events, Archived Reading Groups . Tags: , , , ,

Pears Institute Lunchtime Seminar: Keeping the Memory of the Holocaust Alive – 25 October

Pears Institute Lunchtime Seminar

Keeping the Memory of the Holocaust Alive: Possibilities and Limitations of Performative Practices of Commemoration, 25 October 2016

Speaker: Diana Popescu, Pears Institute Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London

1.00 – 2.00pm, Dreyfus Room, 26 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DQ

Increasingly, museum curators and artists in various geographical contexts tell stories about the past using elements borrowed from theatre, digital media, religious ritual and performance art. In these diverse mise-en-scenes, members of the public take on not only the role of learners, but also of agents of commemoration – responsible for keeping the past in living memory, and for standing up to intolerance and injustice in their societies. This paper asks: What are the reasons for the rise in performative practices of commemoration? What might these practices inform us about the functions assigned to Holocaust remembrance in today’s societies? This paper will reflect critically on the impact which experiential forms of engaging with this history have upon contemporary audiences, and on the broader challenges of communicating about the Holocaust without it becoming a moral lesson, or a cultural commodity.

Free seminar for scholars. Limited places: book here.

. . Category: Archived Events . Tags: , , , ,

Paid Opportunity: ArtLess Curatorial Internship – Deadline Friday 13th May 2016

The School of Arts invites applications for a curatorial internship to work with the ArtLess Project in collaboration with the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and Bury Museum of Art (Manchester) during the Summer Term 2016.

The ArtLess Group was established in 2014 to develop creative, entrepreneurial and project possibilities for PhD students across the Arts, and secured AHRC funding for the Arts of Experiment Project, to translate research into potential exhibitions on the international market. Working with partners at Bury Museum of Art (Manchester), students gained skills and experience in curatorial practice and international touring exhibition development. Among the outcomes was a programme of events on the ‘Arts of Experiment’, and a virtual exhibition on Angels and Avatars, which is being curated by Grace Halden and Daniel O’Donnell Smith.

Click here for further details on the ArtLess Group, and here for its curatorial experiments.

This internship will develop a strand of the ArtLess project, working in close collaboration with partners and the ArtLess group on an international touring exhibition project about fairies in nineteenth-century art.

We are looking for PhD students with an interest in curatorial practice and research specialism in nineteenth-century studies is an advantage.

The intern will be involved in:

  • Translation of research into curatorial practice
  • Development of an exhibition proposal
  • Networking and Liaising between the School of Arts, museums, and other non-HE partners
  • Pitching of an international touring exhibition
  • Organization and marketing in the curatorial sector
  • Public engagement

Remuneration: £15.26 per hour for a maximum of 110 hours to be completed by end July 2016.

Application procedure:

Please submit a full CV, the name of an academic referee, and a cover letter outlining a) your area of research, b) how the placement would benefit your academic study and c) how it will develop your career skills.

Please submit your application to with the subject line: ARTLESS CURATORIAL INTERNSHIP, by Friday 13 May

Please direct any enquiries to Dr Luisa Calè (


. . Category: Archived Vacancies . Tags: , , , , , , ,