History of Art student Charity Culley has been awarded a prize by Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance for her Finalist Dissertation. The Dr Greg Wells Undergraduate Essay Prizes, now in their third year, are awarded for the best undergraduate intermediate-year and final-year essays and dissertation.
Charity was was awarded for her dissertation focusing on ‘Disguised Symbolism In Lucas Cranach’s Salome At The Feast Of Herod’
On Wednesday July 22 we are delighted to be welcoming artist Oraib Toukan to speak about her work, in particular When Things Occur: a 'desktop film' based on Skype conversations with Gaza inhabitants over the summer of 2014. This powerful and topical film probes the face of mourning and grief – its digital embodiment, transmission, and representation. It asks how the gaze gets channeled within the digital realm, how empathy travels, who is 'local' in the representation of war, and what it means to view suffering 'at a distance'.
The film will be made available ahead of the event via a protected Vimeo link for all those who register.
Students from the University of Warwick have been key participants in an open discussion/performance at the Venice Biennale British Pavilion. The event involved British Council research fellows, Warwick students, and pavilion visitors in a discussion about Island, the 2018 British entry. A web presentation has been produced from the session: ‘Accessing ‘Island’: Experiencing the British Pavilion as (non)spectacle, as spectator, and as spectated'.
The exhibition of works created by students taking the History of Art Practical Art course ends tomorrow (Wednesday 27th June).
Location: Millburn House foyer.
The artist Damien Hirst has generously sent signed exhibition catalogues of his work Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable to all of the students who took part in a seminar with him in Venice last year. The seminar organised by Professor Karen Lang gave students on the module Exhibiting the Contemporary the opportunity to discuss the controversial new work with the artist at the site of its installation.
On 7 March, students had the opportunity to try out ancient painting techniques at two specialist workshops led by Jevon Thistlewood, paintings conservator at the Ashmolean Museum. The sessions were organised by the Classics department through IATL, with help from History of Art. Students painted their own mummy portraits using tempera on gesso and encaustic work with cold and hot wax.
First year Art History student, Matthew White, said “It did feel very authentic and the use of wax on painting was a very new idea and good fun…I was especially interested in mixing wax with pigment. This was completely novel to me.”
Damien Hirst's exhibition Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable has attracted a great deal of critical attention, and Warwick History of Art students studying in Venice had a rare opportunity to meet with the artist and discuss the work. Dr Karen Lang, lead tutor on our module Exhibiting the Contemporary, has been holding regular seminars at exhibition sites during the Venice term, including installations at the Venice Biennale.
Warwick students in Venice have recently had the opportunity to discuss the Venice Biennale installation Janus Code with with its creator Michele Ciacciofera in an exclusive interview. The Venice Biennale is a key element of the Exhibiting the Contemporary module which examines the importance of exhibition for the interpretation of contemporary art, with seminars taking place on-site with the works of art.
The Department of History of Art has achieved a top result in the Guardian University Guide 2015, with 96.5 % of students expressing satisfaction with teaching. The score in this category is based on the National Student Survey, and gives the percentage of final-year students satisfied with the teaching they received.
The British Council has granted three work/study fellowships for this year's Venice Biennale. Over the course of the summer, three second year History of Art students will spend a month each working at the British Pavilion and doing independent research around the theme of this year's Architecture Biennale 'Absorbing Modernity'.