Congratulations go to Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley who have received MBEs for services to design in the New Years Honours list. Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley were commissioned to create the Butterworth Bench in memory of Lord Butterworth of Warwick, the University's first Vice Chancellor. The bench is located on the lawn opposite Senate House.
Aubrey Williams solo exhibition at October Gallery, London
From 13 September to 27 October 2018, the October Gallery in London will host a solo exhibition of the work of Aubrey Williams. This new exhibition will explore how Williams’ work not only crosses borders between abstract and figurative modes but also between the physical and cultural geographies of the Caribbean and the UK. On Saturday 15th September, 2018, there is a talk at the Gallery discussing Aubrey Williams' place in art history.
One of William’s major paintings, Carib Guyana, has been on show in WBS at the Shard in London. It has recently been brought back to campus to go on display here during the autumn term.
Future Library is a public artwork by Scottish artist Katie Paterson that will unfold over 100 years in the city of Oslo, Norway. One thousand trees have been planted in Nordmarka, a forest just outside Oslo, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in one hundred years' time. Between now and then, one writer every year will contribute a text, with the writings held in trust, unpublished, until 2114. The University of Warwick Art Collection holds a print that will entitle it to a set of these books. It is on show on the first floor of the Oculus.
The Man Booker prize-winning novelist Han Kang has been named as the fifth writer to contribute to Future Library. The Canadian author Margaret Atwood was the first author to contribute (2014) followed by British novelist David Mitchell (2015), Icelandic poet, novelist and lyricist Sjón (2016) and Turkish author and political commentator Elif Shafak (2017).
Katie Paterson says:
“Han Kang expands our view of the world. Her stories are disquieting and subversive, exploring violence, cruelty, fleeting life, and the acceptance of human fragility. As 2018’s author, Han Kang makes us confront uncomfortable issues: injustice, pain, mourning and remembering; a shared loss of trust in humankind, alongside the belief in human dignity. She leads us into the very heart of human experience, with writing that is deeply tender, and transformative. I believe her sentiments will be carried through trees, received decades from now, still timeless.”