June 21, 2006 - Situations - Curating Post-Nation Symposium: Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September 2006
June 21, 2006

Curating Post-Nation Symposium: Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September 2006

Hew Locke, Black Queen, 2004.
Courtesy Cherrybrisk Collection, London
© Hew Locke and DACS Photo: FXP Photography

Curating Post-Nation Symposium
Rethinking the Survey Exhibition
for the Biennial Age

Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September 2006
Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
To book tickets, please email boxoffice [​at​] arnolfini.org.uk
or call: 44 117 917 2300


Occurring every five years, the British Art Show is the most ambitious survey of new and recent developments in art from the UK. The curators of the sixth incarnation of the survey exhibition set out to distinguish key influences on current British practice, and in doing so, observed the increasingly diverse cultural makeup of what is considered British art. Their selection reflects a multiplicity of artistic strategies and their determination to introduce a dynamic and changing element to the exhibition as it tours from one city to the next.

Timed to coincide with the final weekend of the British Art Show in Bristol, UK, this symposium will explore the structure of national survey exhibitions, their potential to reflect on new tendencies in contemporary art and to produce dynamic contexts for the consideration of artists living or working within a defined geographic context. By bringing together acclaimed curators and critics to reflect on the international context of biennale curating and new institutionalism, it will also explore, through a range of position papers and discussions, potential alternatives to conventional exhibition models.

The symposium offers the opportunity to see the British Art Show across Bristol from 11am on Friday 15 September and will then commence at Arnolfini from 3.30pm. Evening performance by artist Doug Fishbone.
Alex Farquharson & Andrea Schlieker: Co-curators, British Art Show 6 Chrissie Iles: Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Co-Curator of the Whitney Biennial 2004 and 2006 Nina Möntmann: Curator and author of Art and its Institutions: Current conflicts, critique and collaborations, Black Dog Publishing Neil Mulholland: Reader in Contemporary Art Theory, Edinburgh College of Art Hans-Ulrich Obrist: Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery, London Ralph Rugoff: Director, Hayward Gallery, London

Moderators: Claire Doherty: Director of Situations and Senior Research Fellow in Fine Art, University of the West of England, Bristol Mark Godfrey: Art Historian and Critic, and Lecturer in History and Theory of Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London
To purchase tickets, email boxoffice@arnolfini.org.uk or call 44 117 917 2300
Curating Post-Nation is organised by Situations in association with the Bristol Visual Arts Consortium (BVAC) and the Hayward Gallery, and is funded by Arts Council England South West.

Situations is a research and commissioning programme led by the University of the West of England, Bristol, and is dedicated to the investigation of place and context in contemporary art. For further information visit www.situations.org.uk

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