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Renowned American art curator launches inspiring programme of talks at Leeds Beckett


Renowned art practitioners from across the world will share their inspirational careers in Leeds over the next year, as the prestigious INSIDE/OUT lecture series launches at Leeds Beckett University on Wednesday 11 October.

BMW Tate Live Up Hill Down Hill - an Indoor Carnival

The annual, year-long, INSIDE/OUT programme, hosted by Leeds Beckett’s School of Art, Architecture and Design, features a range of high-profile art practitioners from across the world, spanning poetry, photography, fashion design, and more. All sessions are free and open to the public. For full details and to book onto any session, please click here.

Launching this year’s series will be Claire Tancons, American curator, critic, and historian of art. Held at the University’s city centre Rose Bowl building, Lecture Theatre A, on Wednesday 11 October from 1.30-3pm. To book a place at the free event, please click here.

Selected by Artsy as one of the ‘20 most influential young curators in the United States’ in 2016, Claire Tancons will present ‘Mas’ in the Museum? Carnival, Performance and Exhibition’.

In 2014, the year before the 50th anniversary of the Notting Hill Carnival, Claire was invited by Tate Modern to curate a performance in the Turbine Hall as part of the BMW Tate Live series (pictured top). Drawing from her research and expertise around the modern carnivals of the Americas, the contemporary practice of processional performance and the notion of roadwork, Claire will share insights into her decade-long critical engagement with Carnival theory and experimentation in curating large-scale public performances and contemporary art. Claire is currently the artistic director of ‘etcetera: a civic ritual’ for the Printemps de Septembre festival in Toulouse.

Simon Morris, Professor of Art at Leeds Beckett, commented: “Our mission for the prestigious INSIDE/OUT lecture series is to bring the best minds of our generation to inspire and support the practice-based research students and staff do across the School of Art, Architecture and Design. To this end, we have flown in renowned speakers from Sydney, Berlin, New York, New Orleans and Calgary. In order to enhance the cultural life of Leeds, we make the lecture series open to the general public and available to an international audience online.”

Cherie McNair
Cherie McNair

Continuing the series on Wednesday 18 October will be Director of the Australian Centre for Photography, Cherie McNair. Cherie has more than 15 years’ experience in the visual arts sector in Australia and internationally, and has delivered major photography exhibitions with institutions and photographers throughout her career. Cherie will also officially open the new Leeds Arts Research Centre (LARC) during her visit to Leeds Beckett.

Cherie’s talk takes place in the Rose Bowl Lecture Theatre A from 1.30-3pm. Places are free and can be booked here.

Natalie Czech Americanwoman
Natalie Czech: americanwoman

Other speakers confirmed so far include: Manchester-based Belgian photographer, Mishka Henner, whose works are held in the Tate Collection, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York public library, on Wednesday 25 October in the Rose Bowl; Berlin artist Natalie Czech, who interplays photography and written words, on Wednesday 1 November; Canadian poet Derek Beaulieu, on Wednesday 14 March; New York artist Brian Dettmer, on Wednesday 21 March; and fashion designer and Senior Contributing Editor of LOVE magazine, Matty Bovan, on Wednesday 11 April.

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