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New Display for the Social Sciences Building

We have just installed a new display on the ground floor of the Social Sciences building.

We are currently on a mission to empty the Picture Store of everything that is suitable to go out on display and curation is becoming increasingly difficult, as we try to make interesting groups from the remaining works.

Wed 18 Mar 2020, 09:33

A gift to the University Art Collection has arrived.

An exciting addition to the University of Warwick art collection has arrived on campus today. Award winning Producer and Director and Alumnus of the University, Lawrence Till, has kindly purchased a new sculpture for the University campus. Lawrence has been an enthusiastic advocate for the collection since his time spent studying here for a BA in English and Theatre Studies 1982 -1985. He has directed hundreds of plays, been the Artistic Director of two major regional theatres and produced and directed dramas seen all over the world, including the multi award-winning series Shameless.

The sculpture, made of corten steel, called Pollen Bomb was installed in the Chaplaincy garden this afternoon. Pollen Bomb is a geodesic sphere based on the magnification of a grain of pollen, it is by the sculptor Joanne Risley.

In a statement about the work Joanne explains

Pollen Bomb was the first of three large forms I have created which are derived from botany and biology but fabricated using multiple geometric shapes to create strange otherworldly objects reminiscent of munitions and spacecraft. My intention was to reflect some of the anxiety I feel about the times we live in and the uncertainty about the future. I am reminded of Pandora’s Box; the lid has been opened and chaos unleased. The unchecked rise and reach of social media means we live in a world where we must constantly question the sources of the information we receive and be alert to how social media can be manipulated to subvert democracy in a post truth age. My current work explores this state of increased suspicion and sense of the invisible enemy in our midst.

Pollen Bomb by Joanne Risley

Wed 20 Nov 2019, 15:15

First solo exhibition of Melanie Manchot's work in France

‘Open Ended Now’ is the first major monographic show of Melanie Manchot’s work in France and looks back at 20 years of work through a selection of key video installations and a number of photographic series produced between 1998 and 2018. The show will also include a new commission produced over the course of the exhibition.

‘Open Ended Now’ is at MAC VAL, Paris, from 20 October 2018 – 24 February 2019 and will be accompanied by a new monograph.

For further information please visit

Since the end of the 1990s, the relationships and tensions between individuals and the community have been at the core of Melanie Manchot’s practice. As a German artist based in London and working internationally, Manchot adopts an open, generous and original point of view on the world and the relationship of individuals to the group. Her work also explores the relationship of the (social) body to (public) space. Rooted in meticulous, documentary-like observation, her practice explores various movements – exchanges, gestures – between individual subjectivities and group spaces. Her photographic and video works play with the codes of art history and cinema while questioning the frontiers and possible transgressions between reality and fiction.

Through her work with concepts of portraiture, Manchot has developed a unique sensitivity to people’s relationships to their environments. Using often performative processes, she stages situations conducive to the encounter of unknown people and marginal communities in places that act as indicators of political, social, spatial and institutional reality. The artist is interested in the transgression of the codes of the public and private sphere, sometimes creating situations in which an intimate gesture – kissing, caressing, undressing, sleeping - is performed in public. The group portraits in which she studies, reinterprets, gathers or reproduces public rituals (gatherings, protests, marches, dances, parties) foster the constitution and affirmation of a common social body as well as notions of exchange and community.

Like the snapshot of a society in constant evolution, the work of Melanie Manchot reveals the idea of a possible harmony between differences and diversities.

Mon 29 Oct 2018, 15:32

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