Journeys with “The Waste Land” Symposium

“What are the challenges for artists, audiences and institutions?”

Journeys with “The Waste Land” Symposium

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Turner Contemporary participants

This symposium looks at the challenges for curating in the future, considering the virtues, intricacies and pitfalls of collaborative curating. Contributors include Rachel Anderson (Idle Women), Fran Edgerly (Assemble), Nicholas Thornton & Grace Todd (National Museum of Wales), Professor David Herd (University of Kent), Sarah Turner (University of Kent) and Tess Denman Cleaver.  There will be a mixture of discussion and workshops to explore developing exhibitions with audience participation at the forefront. The day will end with a reading from “The Waste Land” by Fiona Shaw and a drinks reception.

Coventry have followed the collaborative, community development theme pioneered by Turner Contemporary and are pleased to support the symposium.  The highly complex poem “The Waste Land” by T S Eliot lends itself to a many faceted interpretation and there is room in the exhibition for many angles and ideas to be expressed.  It will be interesting to see how the two exhibitions differ in their content.  Turner Contemporary is a larger exhibition and not all the works are transferring to Coventry.  However the core works are to be shown alongside other works in addition that illustrate an idea or a theme that has surfaced in our local deliberations.  Coventry are working with the themes of Fragmentation and Journeys and our local interpretation of those themes chimes with Coventry City’s themes of Peace and Reconciliation and Regeneration.  Wasteland promotes regeneration and the endeavour aims to project an optimistic future, especially with the prospect of Coventry City of Culture 2021.

The list of suggested events in support of the exhibition is growing!  Have you considered adding something to the experience?  Please get in touch if so!  If you would like to be included in the publicity time is of the essence!




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