Talking of Art

In 2004, Ian Banks was asked by Charles Quick, the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Professor of Public Art Practice and James Green (then) head curator at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston, to help them curate an inaugural series of public talks in the evening that expanded on the notions of art in the public realm. As such, and with the initial working title of ‘Talking of Art’, a first series of 9 monthly talks were curated and facilitated by Ian at UCLan during 2004 and 2005, and were filmed and digitalised for posterity. The basic concept of the talks as envisaged by Ian involved an invitation being made to his identified lead ‘curator’, and for them then as first speaker, to then suggest their own theme, and a second main speaker to expand on that theme. A short public Q&A and discussion session, chaired by Charles Quick, then concluded matters. The links to intial Talking of Art videos are as listed below, but these essentially included:

  • The Iconic Building and Cosmic Art – Libby Raper and Charles Jencks
  • Regeneration and Community – Chris Davis and alison
  • Urban Versus Rural: Using Public Space – Adam Sutherland and Bedwyr Williams
  • Public Art as a Physical Gaming Environment – Taylor Nuttall & Maria Stukoff
  • The Art of Good Design – Robert Powell & Walter Jack
  • Role of Curator and Artist – Peter Sharpe & Nick Coombe
  • Grand Gestures: The Temporary Spectacle in Public Art – Lewis Biggs & Clive Gilman
  • Working the Site: Art Collaboration and Process – Cathy Newbery & Nayan Kulkarni
  • Public Art Practic at the Coalface – Geoff Wood & Louise Wyman

Since this initial series, and through the vision of Professor Charles Quick, UCLan have now created a permanent artistic research project called In Certain Places within UCLan, and this now hosts their new ocassional Talks & Debates programme.

Libby Raper & Charles Jencks – The Iconic Building and Cosmic Art: The Search for a Meaningful and Shared Language in the City

Chris Davis & alison – Art, Regeneration and Community

Adam Sutherland and Bedwyr Williams – Romantic Detachment in the North

Taylor Nuttall and Maria Stukoff – Public Art as a Physical Gaming Environment

Robert Powell and Walter Jack – The Art of Good Design

Peter Sharpe and Nick Coombe – The Role of Curator and Artist

Lewis Biggs and Clive Gilman – Grand Gestures: The Temporary Spectacle in Public Art

Cathy Newbery and Nayan Kulkarni – Working the Site: Art, Collaboration and Process

Louise Wyman and Geoff Wood – Public Art at the Coalface

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