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9th May 2013, 11:20am
The changing face of the art institution
Professor Steve Dutton University of Lincoln Professor and Artist Steve Dutton will explore the complex relationship between art institutions and the practice of art during a free public lecture.

In his inaugural lecture in the Lincoln Academy series, Professor Dutton will invite his audience to consider what might be interpreted by the term ‘art institution’ in the context of today’s ever-changing cultural and political landscape.

The event, which takes place on Tuesday 14th May, will see Professor Dutton respond to a recent rise in the number of artists and groups setting themselves up in a form of educational model. He will explore the new possibilities open to staff, students and cultural practitioners, as they produce their own institutions on their own terms.

Professor Dutton, who is Professor of Contemporary Art Practice in the Lincoln School of Art & Design and sits on the national Artists’ Interaction and Representation Council and The Collection’s Visual Arts Advisory Board, said: “My upcoming talk will expand on the thinking (and doing) that has characterised my work throughout my career, namely trying to understand a practice of art as something always in motion, as an energetic producer of new ways of approaching the world”

As an artist, Professor Dutton has exhibited internationally, and his talk will also expand on some of his own work such as his collaboration 'Dutton and Swindells', and projects including ‘The Institute of Beasts’  and ‘The Stag and Hounds’, which was nominated for the prestigious Northern Art Prize.

The lecture, entitled ‘A Space for Purposelessness: The Artist’s Institute and the Institute of Art’ takes place at 6pm on Tuesday 14th May 2013 at the University of Lincoln’s EMMTEC auditorium. Registration starts at 5.30pm.

This talk is part of the University’s Lincoln Academy series of free public events. Admission is free but places should be booked in advance by calling 01522 837100 or e-mailing

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