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Colin Chambers is a former Lt Cdr in the South African navy, who went on to become a special advisor to Nelson Mandela for 8 years. Mandela was a key transformational figure in the life of South Africa, bringing forgiveness, reconciliation and reconstruction to a nation that had been deeply divided. Colin shares his unique perspective on Mandela the man, how the transformation of South Africa was achieved and what we can learn from this process to benefit our own professional and personal lives.
“Let’s Talk About Health” is all about advancing our knowledge of health and what goes wrong in disease. Join us to hear about new research in our University that is increasing our understanding of diseases and providing new advances in treatment. Guests will be able to talk to our young scientists about their research, and S4 and S5 pupils will have an opportunity to tour our labs before the talks. We look forward to seeing you there!
Professor Karen Chapman
University/BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Science
Most people associate breast cancer with women. However, men can also be affected. Currently, 1 in 8 women in the UK will be affected by breast cancer during their lifetime. Huge steps have been made in understanding some of the complexities underpinning this disease and developing increasingly effective treatment strategies. This started here in Scotland, with Beatson’s discovery that in some women, removal of the ovaries can shrink tumours. Join us to hear about some of the key advances that have led to over 85% of women now living more than 5 years after diagnosis of breast cancer. We will explore exciting research aimed at developing new treatment strategies, that are personalised to the individual patient’s cancer, to maximise treatment effectiveness and limit unpleasant side-effects.
Dr Helen Creedon, and Professor Val Brunton, Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, The University of Edinburgh
Doors open 4.30pm with teas and coffees available.
Refreshments available after event.
Photography & filming
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For any further information contact the organiser, Karen Chapman [email protected]
We don’t believe anyone should have to suffer in silence and be unable to access these vital supplies, so we decided to launch The Monthlies. We are collecting donations of unopened packets of sanitary pads, baby wipes, tampons, panty liners, underwear, etc. – some of the essential supplies that people may need to manage their periods, and which no one should have to go without.
In addition to hosting collections at events like this screening of I, Daniel Blake, we’re organising monthly collections at the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh (the next will be on Monday 6th March from 4-6p.m.) and we’re in the process of setting up more permanent collection boxes around the city for people to donate outwith these times.
Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery on 30th April 2018 from 12 to 3pm for a leisurely lunch kindly provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery. The event is open to all and a chance to hear the thoughts of James in relation to the art which he helps curate…
Set among the exhibitions of Rachel Maclean and David Claerbout at Talbot Rice Gallery, this informal, free lunch event will give you the opportunity to engage with the provocative work of two leading contemporary artists.
Touching upon ideas about how digital technology is changing our world and the perils of capitalism, assistant curator James Clegg will lead a discussion based around the video artworks on display. Welcoming anyone with an interest in art, this free event is part of the Ragged University programme and is hosted by Crisis in Scotland and Talbot Rice Gallery.
James Clegg is Assistant Curator for Talbot Rice Gallery, who among other duties helps to plan exhibitions and events and leads on knowledge exchange activities. This is one of many events James has created in collaboration with The Ragged University. He wants to make sure as many people as possible feel welcome and comfortable coming to the Gallery to engage with contemporary art and subject matters.
Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery (The University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL) on 30th April 2018 from 11 am – 1pm for a leisurely lunch kindly provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery and a talk by James Clegg…
Lunch in the Talbot Rice Gallery; James Clegg Talks About ‘Trading Zone’
Trading Zone is a group exhibition that stems from a desire to explore the diversity of student practice taking place across the University of Edinburgh. Led by a process of discovery, it evolved through an engagement with the work of over 300 students, including those from disciplines as seemingly far apart as Archaeology, Business, Design and Music.
The resulting exhibition includes a fabulous array of different artworks, including virtual data-landscapes retrieved from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, mushroom built Gothic spires and explorations of the earth-born cracks and tangles of our language systems. Featuring students of Architecture, Art, Contemporary Art Practice, Fine Art, History of Art, Creative Writing, Digital Composition and Performance, Music, Creative Music Practice, Design, Design Informatics and Intermedia.
The talk will cover
Talbot Rice Gallery’s current student exhibition Trading Zone.
The importance of contemporary artists using every technology and material available to them in order to engage with the diversity of our world.
The importance of interdisciplinary learning and discovery.
The themes of some of the works in the exhibition including: The intelligence of organic cultures, the history of the Gallery’s architectural space, post-apocalyptic LIDAR images and the embodied evolution of design ideas.
Lunch will kindly be provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery as arranged by James…
Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery (The University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL) at 11am to 1pm for a talk by James on Lucy Skaer’s art and a leisurely lunch kindly provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery. The event is open to all and a chance to hear thoughts in relation to the art which he helps curate…
The Green Man, the work of Lucy Skaer by James Clegg
Lucy Skaer’s exhibition The Green Man is an exploration of irrationality in collections. In the traditional museum, time is linear and free from ageing, order is presented and the body is absent. Skaer asks what happens if desire, change, empathy and fallibility were instead to become the organising principles. Throughout her practice, Skaer mines and manipulates pre-existing imagery – from art and history, as well as from her own oeuvre and personal history – transforming and destabilising relationships between materials and meanings. For this exhibition, Skaer has selected items from the collections of the University of Edinburgh, inviting fellow artists to inhabit the galleries of Talbot Rice alongside her – Fiona Connor, H.D., Will Holder, Nashashibi/Skaer and Hanneline Visnes.
To Skaer, the Green Man is a deeply irrational figure, spewing leaves and vines in place of language. Present in both pagan and Christian imagery, the Green Man made a resurgence after the plague, when wilderness and weeds took over much of the arable land. Skaer has selected items from the collection, bringing them into dialogue with her own constantly shifting works. Where before there was stability, she has opened windows into the Gallery, allowing light in that may cause them to sprout, grow and form a thicket of ideas. In calling the exhibition The Green Man, Lucy Skaer likens the spontaneous generation and evolution of form in artworks such as Sticks and Stones (2015–18) to the symbol of destruction and renewal found in carved stone faces made of leaves and vines.
Amongst this scene are: Hanneline Visnes’ paintings which comment on the representation and control of nature using stylised motifs of animals and plants; Will Holder’s interpretive re-publishing of H.D.’s Palimpsest; Nashashibi/Skaer’s film that revisits the tableaus of Gauguin; and Fiona Connor’s exposure of the Gallery’s secret places. All contribute to the exhibition’s exploration of collections, forms, print and language. The Green Man includes a number of new works commissioned by Talbot Rice Gallery for the exhibition, carving playful new ways for the collections of the University to speak to our visitors, and representing Skaer’s most in-depth exhibition in the UK to date.
A few paragraphs the speaker:
James is an Assistant Curator for Talbot Rice Gallery. Passionate about contemporary art he has curated and helped to curate lots of exhibitions for the Gallery since 2010. He is specifically interested in artists that work across disciplinary boundaries and he works hard to create meeting points for different types of practitioner and different types of audience. This includes public events that see academics, performers and poets coming together to create new dialogues around specific ideas. It also includes talks and tours with a range of different groups, including ones connected to the Scottish Refugee Council, Crisis Scotland and various colleges and adult education groups.
Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery (The University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL) at 11.30 am – 1.30pm for a talk by James on the Tremble Tremble and At the Gates exhibition and a leisurely lunch kindly provided by the Talbot Rice Gallery. The event is open to all and a chance to hear thoughts in relation to the art which he helps curate…
Tremble Tremble and At the Gates; Tour and Discussion
Inspired by the tidal wave of change that has been sweeping the world Tremble Tremble and At the Gates are exhibitions celebrating the distinctive and powerful voices of artists engaging with social histories and personal politics. Often brushing up against the law, or institutions of power, the works in these exhibitions have amplified the global struggle towards female self-empowerment, and in the case of Ireland’s historic fight against the Eighth Amendment, the right to bodily self-determination.
Jesse Jones’ Tremble Tremble speaks to the struggle against the oppression of women across the ages, and particularly in relation to the law. Originally created to represent Ireland at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, it was conceived in the context of Ireland’s then-growing momentum to attempt once again to repeal the Eighth Amendment, and effectively legalise abortion. The artwork takes a woman’s body as the primary ground of her exploitation and resistance to capitalism and the state, and creates a new law to supersede man-made laws, the law of In Utera Gigantae. Tremble Tremble has been re-designed and expanded for the Georgian Gallery and is performed each day during the Gallery’s opening hours, looping after 30 minutes.
At the Gates presents seven international artists and collectives who rub up against the law or institutions of power, in artworks that tell stories of violence, campaigning, rehabilitation and exploitation in and around women’s histories. Drawing strength from Tremble Tremble, the exhibition is motivated by the complex struggle of women to find, protect, and even rehabilitate their voice. These artists and their individual projects attest to the volume of these voices, images, banners, objects and artworks as they amass and become part of a public discussion.
The title, At the Gates, is partly inspired by Franz Kafka’s parable Before the Law. This is a story about a man who spends his life standing at the gates of the law awaiting permission to enter. The title also borrows from American suffragist Lavinia Dock who said in 1917: ‘The old stiff minds must give way. The old selfish minds must go. Obstructive reactionaries must move on. The young are at the gates!’
These exhibitions celebrate artists who are not waiting for permission, to quote Ailbhe Smyth (co-chair of Together for YES, Ireland’s official abortion rights campaign) speaking at the opening of Tremble Tremble in Dublin, ‘It is about understanding that you first have to disturb, you first have to disrupt, there first has to be an upheaval… Where flesh becomes stone, and stone becomes flesh… you knew, in witch-like fashion, exactly what we needed to do and to hear and to see and to fear.’
In the context of these two exhibitions we are delighted to host Silvia Federici for a public lecture on the 23rd November in partnership with Collective. We are also thrilled to announce that Silvia Federici will be awarded an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh in 2020. Something of a spirit-guide for these exhibitions, Federici’s writing is very much part of both Tremble Tremble and At the Gates. With sincere thanks to all of the collaborators, supporters and lenders, but most of all to these magnificent artists, and their inspiring artworks.
Come along to the Talbot Rice Gallery (The University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL) on 16th Jan 2020 from 2 – 4 pm for a leisurely introduction to the ideas of Distributed Cognition by Doug, lunch, and a tour by James…
The Extended Mind talk and tour at Talbot Rice Gallery by James Clegg
The Extended Mind is based on the idea that our bodies, objects, language, institutions, other people and environments, expand our capacity to think, feel and orient ourselves in the world. This idea, that cognition is not simply something that takes place in the brain, is often called distributed cognition. A curatorial and academic endeavour, the exhibition grows from a collaboration between Talbot Rice Gallery and a research project called The History of Distributed Cognition.
The History of Distributed Cognition (2014-2018) aimed to show the relevance of distributed cognition to the arts and humanities. It revealed links to practices and ideas throughout Western Europe, from classical antiquity through to the twentieth century. The Extended Mind exhibition asks how this relates to contemporary art practice.
Across the work of 12 international artists it includes videos of robots that learn through embodied interactions; sculptures that reveal our cognitive relationship with objects; critical engagements with technocratic forms of anonymous and distributed labour; vicarious trips to the Amazon jungle; and artificial intelligence and spiritualist responses to the internet age. It invites you on journeys to other real and imagined places, demonstrating how art plays a vital role in scaffolding new forms of understanding.
The event will consist of:
- An introduction to the key themes of Distributed Cognition by Doug Cairns, Professor of Classics.
- Lunch with a discussion about how we all use our bodies and the world to extend the capacities of our brains, whether orientating ourselves, remembering things, navigating or calculating.
- A tour of The Extended Mind exhibition – including the work of 12 contemporary artists – at Talbot Rice Gallery, led by curator James Clegg.