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8th November 2013, 2:46pm
Lincoln lecture series invites reflections from international art world
Dr Alec Shepley Luminaries of the art, design and heritage sectors will invite audiences to reflect on the role of the art school in 21st century society during a new series of free public lectures at the University of Lincoln.

Hosted in collaboration with the Royal Society of Arts, Lincoln School of Art & Design In Session is a new programme of symposia in which high-profile speakers will explore the importance and potential of today’s art schools, and the currency of creativity and artistic research.

The series, part of the University of Lincoln’s public lecture programme and led by Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Head of School of Art and Design, Dr Alec Shepley, will begin on Tuesday 19th November 2013.

The opening talk will see Dr Shepley present alongside Dr Jim Cheshire, Reader in Cultural Heritage at Lincoln, as they examine the history and achievements of the University’s oldest predecessor institution, the Lincoln School of Art. The lecture, entitled ‘The origins and re-imaginings of the art school in the 21st century’, will take place in the EMMTEC Auditorium on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool Campus, with registration from 5:30pm.

Lincoln School of Art & Design In Session continues the celebrations that mark the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln School of Art, founded as a private venture in 1863. A century and a half later it is a distinguished part of the University of Lincoln, and its anniversary has been celebrated with two fascinating retrospective exhibitions and the School’s move into a new £11million building.

Dr Shepley said: “2013 represents a historic landmark for the Lincoln School of Art and Design, and this year we are celebrating Lincoln’s artistic heritage and the significant contribution that our staff, students and alumni continue to make to the world of art and design. In Session is an ideal way to continue our celebrations and look to the future, as the unique programme will re-imagine the 21st century art school and foster debate about the prospects for these centres of creativity and innovation.

“We are delighted to have a number of international artists, designers and scholars joining us to lead the discussion and support this ambitious programme.”

In Session will include talks from Professor Simon Robertshaw, Dean of Arts and Digital Industries at the University of East London and Professor Anne Chick, Professor of Design at the Lincoln School of Art and Design on 3rd December 2013. On 4th February 2014, they will be followed by Professor Steve Dutton from the University of Lincoln and Rosie Cooper, Project Curator for Liverpool Biennial 2014.

Professor Paula Crabtree, Rector of Bergen National Academy of Art and Design in Norway, will speak on 11th March, and on 13th May 2014, Raqs Media Collective, a trio of leading international creative practitioners from New Delhi renowned for their contribution to contemporary art, will take to the stage.

Talks will explore themes including industry and sustainability, the digital realm, writing and performance, and the role of conservation and heritage. The programme will also include three day-long seminars in 2014, focusing on artistic research and postgraduate studies in art, design and conservation.

To register for your free place at the opening lecture on Tuesday 19th November, contact or call 01522 837100. The lecture will be held in the EMMTEC Auditorium on the University’s Brayford Pool Campus, starting at 6pm with refreshments served from 7.30pm.

Further details on the full programme can be found at

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