Bite Size: Portraying Power, as Part of the Kehinde Wiley Exhibition

Join an in-depth conversation about Kehinde Wiley’s fascinating career and how the successful New York based artist has become a symbol for black communities and their empowerment. The discussion takes the diverse artworks exhibited in Kehinde Wiley: Ship of Fools as a starting point to examine the ways in which the artist challenges the conventional depictions and aesthetics of power, taste and privilege. This podcast is an opportunity to familiarise with Wiley’s unique vision of the world.

Free to access online. Book via The Arts Institute website .

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Bite Size: The Infinite Crossroads

The Arts Institute, Roland Levinksy Building, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 13:00

With Dr Alan Butler, University of Plymouth, as part of the Kehinde Wiley exhibition Ship of Fools

“Confined on the ship, from which there is no escape, the madman is delivered to the river with its thousand arms, the sea with its thousand roads, to that great uncertainty external to everything. He is a prisoner in the midst of what is the freest, the openest of routes: bound fast at the infinite crossroads”. Michel Foucault, Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason .

Young men today are awash in a sea of identities....

Free talk on 'nature friendly' hill farming

Authored by News Desk

Dartmoor farmers are invited to a free talk which focuses on how nature-friendly hill farms can be more profitable. Chris Clark, co-author of report ‘ Less is more: Improving profitability and the natural environment in hill and other marginal farming systems ’ is hosting the event which has been organised by Dartmoor Hill Farm Project. The event is taking place at the Two Bridges Hotel,...

Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information

The House, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA
Event Date: 
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 13:00 to 14:00

Vlatko Vedral, Department of Physics, University of Oxford

University of Oxford physicist Vlatko Vedral introduces the mesmerising world of Quantum Physics. A better understanding of the atomic world affords the development of new technologies. Today’s digital computers process information encoded using binary digits. However, quantum processors do so using quantum bits. A binary bit can be in only one of two states, 0 or 1, but a quantum bit can be in both states at the same time. Quantum computing technology is opening exciting new avenues for creativity, including music....

Talk: Recalling Revolt: Popular Contestations of Egypt’s ‘Arab Spring’

Dr Dina Rezk lectures in Middle Eastern History at the University of Reading. She has researched the revolutions that swept across Iraq, Syria and Yemen, three devastating Arab-Israeli wars and moves towards an uneasy peace between Egypt and Israel in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Dina has looked at formative events, individuals and themes that have shaped the modern Middle East, from 'Nasserism' to political Islam. Her recent work concerns the latest upheavals of the 'Arab Spring' across the Middle East, and she has briefed UK and US government departments on...

Talk: The Essential Importance of Art Education

In Conversation with Sir Michael Craig-Martin RA

As part of the Great Artists | Great Teachers exhibition and 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts, join us for In Conversation with Sir Michael Craig-Martin RA, and Dr Sarah Chapman, Curator and Artistic Director of The Arts Institute, exploring the special character, methodologies, and value of art education at every level.

Sir Michael studied Fine Art at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture and, on completion of his studies in 1966 he moved to London, where he lives today. He had his first one-man...

Talk: Water From The Moor: Plymouth’s Water Supply

As a keen local historian, Paul Rendell – a Dartmoor National Park Guide for many years –has written many articles for newspapers, magazines and books on the Dartmoor area.

In 1991, he founded the Dartmoor News, a bi-monthly magazine that he still edits. His talk, and associated walk on Saturday 19 May, look at the history of taking water from the moors, including Burrator and Meldon Reservoirs, and Plymouth and the Devonport Leats.

Ticket information: £6 /£4.20/Friends free/Free to Plymouth University students via SPIA

Christopher Durston Memorial Lecture: A Many-Headed Monster? Crowds, Oaths, Petitions And Popular Politics On The Eve Of The English Civil War

The annual Christopher Durston Memorial Lecture brings an exciting and local historical topic to life with visiting academics and historians coming to Plymouth every year.

A not to be missed for all history lovers.

Tickets: £6 (standard), £4.20 (concessions), Peninsula Arts Friends free/ Free to Plymouth University students via SPIA

Talk: Choosing War? Choice And Tragedy In The Origins And Escalations Of Vietnam’s Wars

Professor of History at Exeter University and Director of the Centre for the Study of War, State and Society, Martin Thomas has written a number of books about the French colonial empire.

He is especially interested in why the end of European empire was bitterly – and violently – contested in some places but less so in others. He argues that 20th century war in Indochina showed the futility of resisting decolonisation, and could be seen as being a hugely costly and ultimately pointless conflict.

Tickets: £6 (standard), £4.20 (concessions), Peninsula Arts Friends free/ Free...

Talk: ‘An Inextricable Network Of Mutuality’: Martin Luther King, the US Civil Rights Movement And British Race Relations Since the 1960s

Professor Brian Ward of Northumbria University assesses the life and legacies of Martin Luther King on the eve of the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis in April 1968.

He will be discussing Dr King’s changing sense of his role in a global struggle for peace, justice and equal opportunity. This talk will pay particular attention to his impact on British race relations and politics, and on the ways in which King and the Civil Rights movement have been memorialised in Britain and the US since his death.

Tickets: £6 (standard), £4.20 (concessions), Peninsula Arts...


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