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Curatorial Research Group
Monday 23rd October
Grand Union, Birmingham

Group meeting with presentations from Seán Elder and Aly Grimes.

Please come along if you are interested in finding out about the group – this will be an open and informal session!

About the speakers:

Seán Elder is a curator and writer from the Scottish Highlands based in Birmingham. Currently Associate Curator at Grand Union, Elder has worked in proximity with artists such as Gordon Douglas, Tako Taal and Leontios Toumpouris, and organisations including LUX Scotland, The Telfer Gallery and The Hunterian Art Gallery at University of Glasgow, to produce exhibitions, publications and screening programmes. His research seeks to utilise Queer methodologies within exhibition-making as a means of challenging existing power-structures and investigate the roles of language and society in forming identities.

Aly Grimes is an independent curator and co-founder of Stryx – an artist-run project space and studios located in Birmingham, UK. Her curatorial work is concerned with new media art, collaborative methodologies and interdisciplinary modes of practice. Grimes is interested in fostering long-standing connections between artistic practitioners around the globe and is a founding member of September Collective, a pluri-cultural group of creative producers formed under the auspices of the School of Curatorial Studies, Venice. Her previous projects include ‘Symphony of Hunger; Digesting Fluxus in Four Movements’ co-curated with September Collective, and the ongoing project ‘Short Circuit’. She is currently undertaking the CuratorLab course at Konstfack University under the leadership of Joanna Warsza.

Joanna Fursman is a researcher at Birmingham School of Art and teaches MA Art and Education Practices at Birmingham School of Art, BA Art and Education and PGCE Secondary Art and Design at Newman University. Jo’s current practice and research is influenced by previous roles as co-director at Catalyst Arts, Belfast and a teacher of Art and Design for secondary school. Her practice-based PhD explores how a ‘possible’ school might be visibly thought or constructed via work of Pedagogical Art Practice, collaboration, its possibilities and production. Jo will present work from a recently completed research project at a secondary school, where collaboration as a methodology of production and art making through photography practice was employed. The discussion will develop around aspects of emerging collaborative practice alongside school as pedagogical frame.




Feminist Duration Reading Group Event
Thursday 2nd November
Grand Union, Birmingham
6pm Introductions and shared meal: please bring something vegetarian to share
7-9pm Reading Group Event

‘A Feminist Chorus for Feminist Revolt,’ a spoken distillation of texts from the Feminist Duration Reading Group, gathered into a score by Lucy Reynolds, The Showroom, London, as part of ‘Now You Can Go,’ 12 December 2015. Photo: Ehryn Torrell

Feminist Duration Reading Group: Italian Feminisms and the Practice of Entrustment

The Feminist Duration Reading Group was formed in 2015 in London to explore under-known and under-appreciated texts, ideas and struggles from beyond the Anglo-American canon of feminism. The Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at SPACE studios in Hackney.

In an effort to broaden understandings of feminisms in the plural, and challenge existing definitions of feminism that reflect an Anglo-American and northern European perspective, sessions have focused on intersectional, Chinese, Australian and Arab feminisms, as well as transfeminisms in Serbian and Spanish contexts. A key focus of the group has been Italian feminisms of the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, especially the writings and collective practices of the Milan Women’s Bookshop collective and Rivolta Femminile.


Members of Rivolta Femminile in Jacqueline Vodoz’s new Venice flat. from left: Carla Lonzi, Renata Gessner, Laura Lepetit, Adriana Bottini, Liliana Padovani, Maria Grazia Chinese, Anna Jaquinta, Maria Veglia

For this session in Birmingham members of the group including Angelica Bollettinari, Sabrina Fuller and Roisin O’Sullivan will lead an out-loud reading of texts that emphasise Italian feminist practices based in relations of entrustment (“affidamento”) and reciprocal storytelling. Following the readings the group will lead a listening/reading/writing exercise that puts some of these ideas into practice.

Texts will be available on the day. Advance reading is not required as we will read excerpts together.

All are welcome!

Texts for Collective Reading

Adriana Cavarero, ‘The Reciprocal Communication of Voices,’ in For More Than One Voice: Toward a Philosophy of Vocal Expression, 2005

Discussion of entrustment and Amalia and Emilia in The Milan Women’s Bookstore Collective, Sexual Difference: A Theory of Social-Symbolic Practice, trans. Patricia Cicogna and Teresa de Lauretis, (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1987)

Recommended Background Reading

Elisabetta Bertolino Beyond Ontology and Sexual Difference, An Interview with the Italian Feminist Philosopher Adrian Cavarero, 2008

Linda Zerilli, ‘Feminists Make Promises: The Milan Collective’s Sexual Difference and the Project of World-Building,’ in Feminism and the Abyss of Freedom, 93-94, Chicago and London: University of California Press, 2005


Public Art Thinking Symposium
Wednesday 22nd November
Organised by Vanessa Boni and Gavin Wade of Eastside Projects
Curzon Building Lecture Theatre, Birmingham City University

Public Art Thinking

We have 25 tickets available for Curatorial Research Group members. If you would like to come along and have attended our research group before, just email Lucy to reserve a free ticket.

See below for symposium information.

Public Art Thinking

Be a part of our critical discourse around public art and its publics!

Birmingham Big Art Project and Eastside Projects will host a symposium that brings together practitioners, council directors, urban planners and architects to investigate ways in which artists and organisations are developing strategies to rethink their role in the future planning of our cities.

Public art is often complicit in projects of urban re-development. But who is dispossessed? How can we claim ‘difference’ when space is becoming homogenised by mass developers? Could artists be better property developers?

Speakers include: Mel Jordan, Barbara Holub, Rosalie Schweiker, Robert Garnett and Andy Reeve.

Come join/take part/observe/be active in conversations around public art.

A double issue of the Art & the Public Sphere journal titled Public Art Thinking has been dedicated to this concept of Public Art Thinking and on the occasion of this project.


The Curatorial Research Group is led by Lucy Lopez and Eastside Projects, supported by New Art West Midlands, with additional assistance from Grand Union.



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