Looking Closer – Open Encounters

Todays’ blog post is to let you know about an exciting event that is coming up THIS Friday (8th July)!

Open Encounters: A Panel Discussion will feature experts from art, philosophy and writing joining together to discuss how encounters with artworks can open up rich personal engagements, memories and aesthetic connections. Read on to find out more about our fantastic panellists:

shaun camp     Shaun Camp – Fine Art lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts

Shaun Camp is a lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts, and an artist and graphic designer in his own right. Examples of his work can be found on his website: shauncamp.com. He is currently engaged in research on the idea of the third space, or memory, across a variety of artistic mediums – including film, and photography, and the role of play in teaching creative subjects.

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JC_photo_Ian_Tyson   John Christie – Artist, film-maker, and author

John Christie is an artist, film-maker, and author most well known for his letter writing collaboration with John Berger that came to be the book, I Send You This Cadmium Red. His latest project with John Berger, Lapwing and Fox, is the basis for our exhibition, and he has been involved from its’ inception. He is a founding member of the Full Circle Editions publishing company, and examples of his artworks can be found in galleries across the country.

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ChrisGribble_2003  Chris Gribble – Chief Executive of the Writers’ Centre, Norwich

Chris Gribble is the Chief Executive of the Writers’ Centre based in the centre of Norwich, and a founding member of the organisation. He has a PhD in philosophy and poetry from the University of Manchester, and maintains links to literature development in the city through their University Centre for New Writing. He is currently the co-chair of the National Association for Literature Development, and is on the Board of Directors of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN). The Writers’ Centre’s aim is to ‘explore the artistic and social impact of creative writing through pioneering and collaborative projects regionally, nationally and internationally.’1

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Time: 6 – 7.30 pm / Elizabeth Fry Lecture Room 01.08 / University of East Anglia campus

The event is free to attend – book your place now by emailing i.phillips@uea.ac.uk. Hope to see you there!

 

Poetry and Art

The summer has well and truly started – though the weather has yet to get the message – which means that our fantastic events programme is underway!

Friday 17th of June was the Live Poetry Evening. This event showcased poetry that had been produced at our Looking Beyond poetry workshop the week before. We would like to extend a huge thanks to all of the poets who took part in the workshop and in the poetry evening. The poetic responses that the participants produced were wonderfully poignant, and made me think much deeper about the way that visual art is viewed and interpreted. Art does not end with the image, but continues to grow in the imaginations and sparks of inspiration in each individual viewer. This poetry made me think differently about pieces of art in the exhibition that I had seen so often, and yet always the same. It is exciting to discover new perspectives in a familiar environment!

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These poems were used as inspiration for the zine-making workshop that was held on Friday 24th of June.  The zines produced are to be displayed in the exhibition space – so make sure you head over to the exhibition to read the poems for yourself displayed in beautiful handmade zines.

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The Looking Beyond events programme is running throughout July, so be sure to check out the Events page for more information!

 

 

 

 

 

Your Responses #1

We have been receiving some wonderful, and thought provoking responses to the exhibition over the past two weeks – so we wanted to share some of them with you here:

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TOP: Sketch of Mother and Child by Henry Moore/ BOTTOM: The chance to sit and write a few words for a stranger is a fine one. To take the time out and concentrate on your thoughts. I’m not use what the message should be. But seeing as the sun is shining, I’d advise you eat as much ice cream as you can. Such fun.

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TOP: My animal totem would be a cat!/ BOTTOM: I last came to UEA as a 15 year old to be shown round the site as a prospective student. I didn’t like it and never applied. But I clearly remember seeing an ant nest on the grounds and being fascinated. On returning today and walking round this gallery I looked out the window to see a raven ants on the tarmac. Thirty five years is a long time for an ant.

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TOP: Smile when you feel happy, but never when you’re not. Don’t be afraid to feel. BOTTOM: I like to walk around the SCVA and find all the little objects that are easy to miss. There are so many tiny metal figurines which require you to look closer to discover the specific forms of animals bodies. When they are placed around impressive, larger works it might be easy to glance past them. They remain unnoticed.

The exhibition Looking Beyond: Conversations between John Berger and John Christie is now open at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Be sure to share you’re thoughts in the message exchange too!

1 Day to Go: Message Exchange

Only 1 more day until opening, and today we want to let you know about an ongoing activity that will be running in the exhibition! The exhibition, and the source correspondence, are based on written responses to artworks, and we wanted to bring that experience to life for every visitor. Similar to the question that we asked yesterday – What artwork sums up your day? – the responses, that we are encouraging visitors to share, can take inspiration from the questions posed in the exhibition. They can also be inspired from any of the art in the Sainsbury Centre – or even the building itself! We encourage creativity, and any personal response you may feel.

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We are giving each visitor the opportunity to record their thoughts on a specially designed postcard. (see above) This postcard can then be dropped into the exchange box in the centre of the space.Once you have written a response, you are then welcome to take one of the ones that someone else has already contributed. Come along and read other peoples’ responses to the exhibition, and take away a unique souvenir!

The exhibition, Looking Beyond: Conversations between John Berger and John Christie opens tomorrow at 10am, at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Check out our Visit Us page for information on how to get there.

And make sure you let us know what your thoughts are at @LookingBeyond16, or in the comments below, we look forward to hearing from you!