Dialogues on conflict - Feminist Perspectives and Art Practice

Date posted: April 1, 2014

Heather Phillipson, Splashy Phasings, HD video, co-commissioned by Random Acts/Channel 4, Northern Film & Media and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, 2013. Image courtesy the artist.

Heather Phillipson, Splashy Phasings, HD video, co-commissioned by Random Acts/Channel 4, Northern Film & Media and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, 2013. Image courtesy the artist.

Dynevor campus, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Swansea

Friday, 16th May 2014, 1pm – 5.30pm


Helena Reckitt, Emely NeuSue Williams, Heather Phillipson & Holly Ingleton

Feminist Perspectives and Art Practice: How has Feminism influenced contemporary art practice and is Feminism still relevant to artists today? This seminar brought together curators, artists and academics to explore and discuss the frictions and struggles surrounding gender, feminism and activism.

Feminist Perspectives and Art Practice is the first of three seminars in the Dialogue series which aims to focus on a range of themes from the art practice of a selection of shortlisted artists in Artes Mundi 6. Each seminar will bring together a range of speakers, academics, theorists and professionals to touch on and open up discussions.


Helena Reckitt : A curator and critic whose research interests include the histories of feminist and queer art. Helena is currently Senior Lecturer in Curating at Goldsmiths and has edited books including Art and Feminism, Phaidon Press, London, 2001.

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Sue Williams: An artist with a recognised body of work which is both raw and strong and is charged and challenging in its links to contemporary lives and the sexualisation of western society.Recent exhibitions include POKE ME’ painting installation Oriel Ffin Y Parc Gallery, Llanrwst, North Wales.

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Heather Phillipson works across video, sculpture, sound, text and live events. Recent solo exhibitions include Bunker 259, New York; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee; Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; and a new commission for the Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva.  Heather is also an award-winning published poet.

Sue Williams and Heather Phillipson in discussion – HERE


Emely Neu: A performer whose work revolves around interviewing as an artistic practice. Emely curated the book Let’s Start a Pussy Riot in collaboration with members of Pussy Riot, which aimed to create and activate responses with different voices and generations to create an inspiring dialogue.

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Holly Ingleton : A sound artist and feminist sound studies scholar. She is an Associate Lecturer of Sound Cultures at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Music Studies at City University London. Holly is the editor of hernoise.org and one of the founding collaborators of Sound::Gender::Feminism::Activism.

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Chaired by Angela Maddock, Senior lecturer, University of Wales, Trinity St David.


About Dialogues on Conflict

Artes Mundi’s ‘Dialogues on Conflict’ seminar series will explore some of the themes by Artes Mundi 6 shortlist artist and will take place across Wales in the 6 months leading up to Artes Mundi 6 exhibition and prize.

Artes Mundi 6 includes the work of 9 outstanding international artists: Carlos Bunga, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Omer Fast, Theaster Gates, Sanja Iveković, Ragnar Kjartansson, Sharon Lockhart, Renata Lucas and Renzo Martens.  The exhibition opens on October 25th 2014 and will take place at National Museum Wales, Chapter and other venues and spaces across the city.

The subjects of the dialogues will be drawn from the recurring themes running through these artists varied practices.  The three events will take place in partnership with universities and galleries across Wales beginning at Dynevor campus, University of Wales, Trinity St David, Swansea followed by two more in this series at MOSTYN, Llandudno and Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown.

Each of the three events will explore dominant themes such as public space, social control, activism, identity, war in relation to the overall theme of Conflict. Artists, curators, writers, journalists, war correspondents and architects from Wales, the UK and further afield have been asked to take part and discuss these themes from their own work and perspective.

Future Dialogues

Forthcoming seminars include Conflict through the Eye of the Lens, MOSTYN and Urban Space: Exposing the Politics of Social Control, Oriel Davies Gallery.

Dialogues on Conflict series is funded by Arts Council Wales, Audience development grant in partnership with University of Wales, Trinity St David Swansea Campus, Oriel Davies Gallery, MOSTYN.

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