Lest we forget: Paul Gough gives lecture on commemorative art in the city

Issue date: 05 November 2013

Paul Gough Painting

The 2013 BIRTHA Lecture will be given by Professor Paul Gough on 11 November 2013 at 6.30 pm in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building, Bristol.

His talk, entitled 'Running out of memory: Inscribing the city in the cause of commemoration (and/or celebration)', will feature as part of the InsideArts Festival.

Paul said, “On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War this lecture will reflect on the underlying issues behind public commemoration.

“It will draw on examples from the mass mourning for Diana, Princess of Wales, and the recreational grief that many feel has become part of the British zeitgeist, to other less reverential forms of remembering – urban graffiti, rogue artworks, guerrilla gardening.

“I will look at preparations for 2014 and this city's history of civic protest and intervention, at its official and unofficial markers of memory, and at the legacy of remembrance and the duty of care that some feel is being imposed on fresh generations.”

The talk is free and places can be booked here.

Paul is the Royal West of England Academy Professor of Fine Arts and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at UWE Bristol. He was educated at the Royal College of Art in London and is a painter, broadcaster and writer. He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad and is represented in several art collections, including the Imperial War Museum in London, the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and the National War Memorial in New Zealand.

His most recent exhibitions have been in Melbourne, London, and New Zealand. Gallery pages are available here.

The talk is the annual lecture of the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA) and is run in association with InsideArts, the University of Bristol Festival of the Arts and Humanities, from 10 – 16 November.

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