OCASA is considering supporting a day of lectures for OCA students that would explore ten key ideas that have influenced contemporary art. Given sufficient interest, the study day would take place at the Hilton Hotel in Leeds on Saturday 10 May between 10.00 and 18.00.
Students could attend at a day rate of £50, which includes a two-course lunch and tea and coffee. Alternatively, they could choose to stay overnight on Saturday 10 May. This would include an additional three-course dinner and Sunday morning breakfast and would include the day course and come to a total of £110 per person for single occupancy or £75 per person for two people sharing a room.
The hotel is 5 minutes’ walk from Leeds railway station. It has a fitness suite and swimming pool, which is free for guests. It is also less than fifteen minutes’ walk from Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute with their stunning collections of twentieth century art. Attendees could visit these briefly at lunch time on Saturday 10 May.
Both venues do not open until 1300 on Sunday. However, if students choose to stay overnight they could visit the Hepworth in Wakefield by train on the Sunday morning – it opens at 10 and is about 30 minutes’ journey time from Leeds – and come back and see Leeds Art Gallery on the Sunday afternoon.
The talks will be given by Gerald Deslandes, an OCA tutor in art history and visual studies. He would be happy to accompany students to the Hepworth and Leeds Art Gallery if more than 10 people chose to stay overnight.
The talks relate to key ideas in the development of modernism and postmodernism since 1900 and will each include a minimum of 60 images of artists’ work. The themes and timetable is as follows:
10.00 – 10.45: Progress, the City and the Machine
11.00 – 12.00: ‘Primitivism’ and the Unconscious
(12.00 – 14.00 Lunch and an opportunity for independent visits to Leeds Art Gallery)
14.00 – 14.45 Consumerism and Language
15.00 – 16.00 Feminism and Multiculturalism
(16.00 – 16.30 Break)
16.30 – 17.30 Postmodernism and Globalisation
17.30 – 18.00 Round-up and Close
(19.00 – 20.00 Dinner for those staying overnight)
Leeds Hilton has agreed to hold rooms until the 31 January. Hence Gerald would like to know if people are interested as soon as possible. He will let the people that contact him know if the event will take place by the 10 February. For details of the lectures see Gerald’s website here. To express a firm interest in attending please leave a message on the same website here.
Image Credit: William Roberts: Jazz Party, Collection of Leeds Art Gallery