Study day: Romantic rebellions: From Delacroix to Picasso

National Gallery London
Saturday 23 April, 2016

Join speakers including Darren Almond, Simon Lee, Lynda Nead, Christopher Riopelle and  the OU’s Emma Barker and Gill Perry at this study day.

“Romanticism and modern art are one and the same thing” wrote the French poet CharlesBaudelaire in 1846.

This study day, held in collaboration with the Open University, explores the diverse subjects and varied styles of Romantic painting with its ‘intimacy, spirituality, colour’ and ‘yearning for the infinite.’ Curators, art historians and artists discuss Delacroix, Romanticism, and the rise of modern art.

You can book online from the National Gallery’s website.

Study day: Subversive portraits: Goya and his legacy

National Gallery London
Saturday, November 21, 2015
11:00 -3:30

Join speakers including Yinka Shonibare, Xavier Bray, Juliet Wilson Bareau, Emma Barker, and Gill Perry to explore Goya’s portraits.

Goya took the genre of portraiture to new heights. His technical and stylistic innovations enabled him to portray his sitters with extraordinary vividness and insight.

This study day, held in collaboration with the Open University, will explore portraits by Goya and other artists in the context of Napoleonic Europe; showing how portraiture engaged with social and political issues. It will also consider why Goya has been such a key figure for modern and contemporary artists from Manet to Jake and Dinos Chapman.

The programme is available online.


£25/£14 concessions/£10 Members and OU students.  Book tickets from the National Gallery website.

Open Arts Journal Launch event

Monday 21 October 2013, The Open University Camden Town, London

The Open Arts Journal hosted a research seminar and reception at the OU Camden, London to mark the Journal’s launch this summer.

They welcomed Professor Marsha Meskimmon (Loughborough University), who spoke about her article published in Issue 1, ‘The Precarious Ecologies of Cosmopolitanism’. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion including: Professor Berthold Schoene and Dr Ellie Byrne (guest editors of our inaugural issue, and both at Manchester Metropolitan University) together with Open Arts Journal editor-in-chief Dr Leon Wainwright (OU Art History), and Q&A.

The event was recorded and is hosted on the Open Arts Archive:
Professor Marsha Meskimmon

Professor Berthold Schoene and Dr Ellie Byrne

For more details about the Journal please go to the Open Arts Journal website

Exhibition: Australian Art at the Royal Academy

21 September – 08 December 2013

Organised with the National Gallery of Australia

“Marking the first major survey of Australian art in the UK for 50 years, this exhibition spans more than 200 years from 1800 to the present day and seeks to uncover the fascinating social and cultural evolution of a nation through its art.”

“Two hundred works including painting, drawing, photography, watercolours and multimedia shed light on a period of rapid and intense change; from the impact of colonisation on an indigenous people, to the pioneering nation building of the 19th century through to the enterprising urbanisation of the last 100 years.”  the Royal Academy

The exhibition argues that the story of Australia is inextricably linked to its landscape and that this deep connection has provided a rich seam of inspiration for Australian artists for centuries. This is a fascinating, if controversial show that seeks to represent a wide range of Australian art. Some have argued that it is too ambitious, and presents just one ‘history’ of Australian art.

For more details please go to the Royal Academy’s website

Exhibition: Daniel Silver ‘Dig’

12 September – 3 November 2013

The Odeon Site, 24 Grafton Way (off Tottenham Court Road), London WC1E 6DB

11am – 6pm, Tuesday – Sunday, Admission: Free

Gill Perry recommends this exhibition is interesting because it’s work by a modern sculptor who draws on and reworks anthropological and classical references.

(Commissioned by the arts charity Artangel)

For more details go to Artangel’s website

Michael Landy: Saints Alive, Student study day

Friday, 1 November 2013 – 11:00am – 3:00pm

Venue: National Gallery London

Speakers: Colin Wiggins, Gill Perry, Jenny Sliwka, Michael Landy

This study day will discuss the work of Michael Landy and his exhibition Michael Landy: Saints Alive, which runs between 23 May and 24 November 2013 in the Sunley Room.

A series of large-scale kinetic sculptures bring a contemporary twist to the lives of the saints. Saints are more often associated with traditional sacred art than with contemporary work, but Michael Landy, current Rootstein Hopkins Associate Artist in residence at the National Gallery, has been inspired to revisit the subject for this exhibition.

Landy’s large-scale sculptures consist of fragments of National Gallery paintings cast in three dimensions and assembled with one of his artistic hallmarks – refuse. He has scoured car boot sales and flea markets accumulating old machinery, cogs and wheels to construct the works. Visitors can crank the works into life with a foot pedal mechanism.

Sainsbury Wing Theatre, Level -1
Tickets £5

11am Introduction – History of the Collection
Colin Wiggins, Special Projects Curator

11.20am Colin Wiggins in discussion with Michael Landy
12noon Lunch (not provided)

1.15pm Saints: The Forgotten Stories
Jenny Sliwka , Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Fellow in Art and Religion

1.45pm Playing with Michael Landy
Gill Perry, Professor of Art History, The Open University

2.15pm Discussion
2.45pm Close

To book a place please go to the National Gallery website

Lichtenstein study day now online

Footage from the recent collaborative study day organised by The Open University with Tate Modern is now available on the Open Arts Archive.

This study day explored issues raised by a major Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at Tate Modern. His extraordinary body of work was the springboard for a critical exploration of ideas around the meaning of pop in the US and UK and its legacy for contemporary art and culture. Curators, academics and artists contributed to the debates.

Speakers include: Hal Foster, art critic and historian, Iria Candela, Curator, Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, Tate Modern, David Mellor, University of Sussex, Leon Wainwright, The Open University and Lisa Tickner, The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Summer party!

The Open Arts Archive is looking forward to tonight’s Summer Party and MK Calling preview tonight at Milton Keynes Gallery. 

MK Calling (28 June – 8 September) is the Gallery’s summer programme of exhibitions and performances, featuring 100 artists, musicians and performers from Milton Keynes. This dynamic season of painting, video, dance, music, poetry and much, much more will showcase MK’s finest emerging and established talent.

The MK Calling preview and MK Gallery’s Summer Party with free hog roast and live jazz will take place on Thursday 27 June, 6-10pm. Everyone is welcome. There will be speeches by Anthony Spira (MK Gallery’s Director), Hedley Swain (Area Director, ArtsCouncil South East) and Peter Geary (MK Council Cabinet Member for the Arts) at 7pm.

More information about the event is available on the Open Arts Archive or from Milton Keynes Gallery.

Art and climate

The Two Degrees festival takes place this week (17-22 June) at Toynbee Studios in London, offering a range of activities examining the connection between art and climate change. This is a topic addressed by the Radical Nature Study Day back in 2009, available to view on the Open Arts Archive, but is no less current today.