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Unpopular Culture

Spring Exhibition 2010

Unpopular Culture
Grayson Perry selects from the Arts Council Collection
A Hayward Touring Exhibition from Southbank Centre

 Slagheap Landscape by William Scott

SCOTT, William 1953
William Scott Slagheap Landscape (1953) Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre Copyright William Scott Foundation 2008

Friday 22 January - Saturday 13 March 

Exhibiting Artists: Michael Andrews; Kenneth Armitage; Frank Auerbach; Gerry Badger; Clive Barker; Elinor Bellingham-Smith; John Benton-Harris; Ian Berry; John Bratby; Edward Burra; Anthony Caro; Lynn Chadwick; Robert Colquhoun; Elisabeth Frink; Duncan Grant; Bert Hardy; Anthony Hatwell; David Hepher; Barbara Hepworth; Thurston Hopkins; David Hurn; Bryan Kneale; Margaret Lovell; Alan Lowndes; L.S. Lowry; Henry Moore; Francis Morland; Tish Murtha; John Myers; Paul Nash; Eduardo Paolozzi; Martin Parr; Victor Pasmore; Christine Pearcey; Edwin Pickett; John Piper; Tony Ray-Jones; Alan Reynolds; Brian Robb; William Roberts; George Rodger; Leonard Rosoman; Meg Rutherford; William Scott; Jack Smith; Ruskin Spear; Homer Sykes; William Turnbull; Patrick Ward; Carel Weight; John Wragg; Bryan Wynter.

Grayson Perry was catapulted into the public consciousness in 2003 when he won the Turner Prize, accepting his award dressed as his transvestite alter-ego, Claire.  A unique figure in the international art scene, Perry is best known for his ceramic coil pots which he adorns with subject matter ranging from his childhood in Essex, his transvestism, and his reflections on British art and society.

Perhaps less recognised is Perry’s role as a curator.  This exhibition highlights this recent aspect of Perry’s practice and offers a unique and personal view of the Arts Council Collection. Perry’s selection will be presented alongside new work made by him in response to the Collection.

Following the recent success of The Charms of Lincolnshire – a critically acclaimed exhibition selected by the artist from the museums of Lincolnshire – Perry has now turned his attention to the Arts Council Collection: the largest loan collection of modern and contemporary British art in the world.  Unsurprisingly for an artist who has always positioned himself on the margins of the art world, the ‘tranny potter from Essex’ has found himself drawn to art made ‘before British art became fashionable’.


Opening Party - Thursday 21 January - 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Everyone is welcome.  

Art Collection Tour  - Wednesday 10 February 5.30pm - 6.30pm
Meet at University House

Join Sarah Shalgosky, Curator for a tour of works from the University of Warwick Art Collection.   The tour will look at ceramics from the University Collection, as well as British Paintings and prints from 1940 - 1980.

Exhibition Tours

Thursday 25 February - 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Join Ronnie Simpson for a tour of the show, and find out some of the thoughts and processes involved in making Unpopular Culture for Warwick Arts Centre.

Exhibition tours are FREE but tickets should be booked through Box Office

Gallery Assistant Tours

Join our Gallery Assistant for an informal and informative whistle stop tour of the exhibition.  Available every Monday and Wednesday at 1pm and 4pm, 25 Jan - 10 Mar.  The tours are free, and everyone is welcome.  Booking required, phone the Mead Gallery Assistants on 02476 522589.

Warwick Connections

Introducing the work of other departments of the University of Warwick in connection with the Mead's exhibition programme

Saturday 27 February 2010
Humanities Building, University of Warwick

Envisioning Community: Space, Place and Translating the Past in 19th and 20th Century Britain

Envisioning Community will be a one-day multidisciplinary conference exploring how approaches to the study of community can better inform our understanding of the historical past. Featuring renowned keynote speakers in the fields of historical and human geography, as well as in the field of visual media and its interpretation, the conference is open to delegates from all disciplines, engaging with the processes of space and place in community in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain.

The conference will interrogate spatially related communities: how the inhabitants of the same streets or towns constructed, responded to and used their physical locations to forge a shared sense of identity, or to bring about social and political change. It will also serve as a practical forum: promoting and debating the value of interdisciplinary practices, methodology and application in ‘envisioning community’ and reassessing history.

The conference will appeal to scholars from many disciplines, history, art, film and television, translation and literature, sociology and politics.  With the underlying aim of exploring practice this will be a challenging workshop style conference which fully interrogates methodologies of translating communities from the nineteenth century to the present.

Key speakers include

Professor Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards is Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London.  A visual and historical anthropologist, she works on the complex relationships between photographs, anthropology and history. She is especially interested in the social and material practices of photography in both historical and contemporary contexts, and has published extensively in the field. 

Professor Nigel Thrift

Professor Nigel Thrift is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick and is an international research figure in the field of cultural geography. His current research spans a broad range of interests, including international finance; cities and political life; non-representational theory; affective politics; and the history of time/space.  

Dr. Lynne Walker

Dr. Lynne Walker is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, London where she initiated and runs the course, An Introduction to Visual Sources for Historians. At the IHR, she also contributes to the MA in Contemporary British History at the Centre for Contemporary British History. 

Professor Gillian Rose

Gillian Rose is Professor of Cultural Geography at The Open University, and her current research interests lie broadly within the field of visual culture. She has a long-standing interest in feminist film theory and in Foucauldian and feminist accounts of photography in particular, but more recently has been working with material culture and practice theory. 

This conference has been generously supported by the Economic History Society and the Royal Historical Society

Children's Saturday Art Club

Saturday 1pm - 3pm
Between Saturday 30 January  - 6 March 2010.
£3.50 per child (accompanying adult free)
Tickets available in advance or on the day from Box Office