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Public Statues and Sculpture Association


Online Webinar: 15 May 2021, 10.00-14.10


10.00-10.10 Welcome and housekeeping

Session 1: Producing Protest – Engaging Young People in Activism

Chair: Dr Mark Stocker FSA, Art Historian, Curator and Deputy Chair of the PSSA

10.10-10.20 Robin Baillie, National Galleries of Scotland

IMAGE LIBERATION FORCE: Curating Young People’s Protest in the National Galleries of Scotland’s Ruined Exhibition, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 12 June – 29 August 2021

10.20-10.30 Lynn MacRitchie, Artist and Writer

‘An Artwork Formed in the Inter Communication of Participants’ – The Participation Art Event, Edinburgh College of Art, December 3-7, 1973

10.30-10.40 Rosa Santibañez Nuñez, University of Edinburgh

Artivism and Resistance: Rethinking the Art Praxis During the Chilean Student Movement of 2011-2012

10.40-10.50 Panel discussion and questions

10.50-11.00 Break

Session 2: Environmental Protest Art

Chair: Judith Liddle, Creative Producer and Disability Advocate

11.00-11.10 Xinrui Zhang, University of York

Everyone’s East Lake: The Chinese Green Public Sphere and Environmental Protest Art

11.10-11.20 Dr Alison Clark, National Museums Scotland

Climate Warriors: Art and Environment in the Pacific

11.20-11.30 Panel discussion and questions

Session 3: Art as a Response to Socio-Political Upheaval

Chair: Dr Holly Trusted FSA, Honorary Senior Research Fellow Victoria and Albert Museum and Co-chair PSSA

11.30-11.40 Dr t s Beall, Artist and Researcher

100 Years of #ChalkYourWalk – Tracing Creative Interventions in Scotland’s Public Realm by Suffrage Activists, Socially-engaged Artists, and Contemporary Performance from 1900–2020

11.40-11.50 Katharine Eustace FSA, Historian of Sculpture and Museum Curator (retired)

How Moire ro Naomh nan Eilean, Uibist a Deas, Our Lady of the Isles, South Uist, became a Symbol of Resistance: Father John Morrison, the Ministry of Defence, and Hew Lorimer 1953-58

11.50-12.00 Dr Anna McLauchlan, University of Strathclyde

Grappling with The Glasgow Effect: A Critical Artistic Pedagogy to Explode Destructive Success Fantasies

12.00-12.10 Kirsteen Macdonald, Independent Curator and Researcher

From Okinawa to Dundee – Chikako Yamashiro’s Political body

12.10-12.20 Panel discussion and questions

12.20-12.50 Lunch break

Session 4 – Protest in the Media and Digital Age

Chair: Dr Sarah Iepson, Community College of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

12.50-13.00 Dr Wendy McGlashan, Independent Researcher

John Kay (1742-1826) and the ‘Scottish Martyrs’: The Visual Culture of Radical Reform in Late Eighteenth-Century Edinburgh

13.00-13.10 Dr Victoria Irvine, Renfrewshire Leisure

‘Parliamentary Tactics’: The Cartoons of James Elder Christie and the Paisley Comic Serials of 1868

13.10-13.20 Adam Lockhart, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee

Scratching in Protest

13.20-13.30 Sarah Merton, London South Bank University

Our Feeds, Our Bodies: Pictures as Protest in the Body Positive Movement

13.30-13.40 Panel discussion and questions

Session 5: The Physical Body as a Site of Protest?

Chair: Claire Robinson, University of St Andrews

13.40- 13.50 Kirstin Mitchell, University of St Andrews

‘If you were there, you’d know’: The Contentious Redisplay of the Art of the HIV/AIDS Crisis

13.50-14.00 Alice Strang, National Galleries of Scotland

Obedience and Defiance: Paula Rego and the Legalisation of Abortion in Portugal

14.00-14.10 Panel discussion and questions

14.10 End

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Free Event – Online Webinar

Exploring the relationship between art & protest, & the role of art in confronting political, social, cultural & environmental issues.

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