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23 July 2019

Life Science Image Award Prize-Giving Ceremony - Winners Announced

The official prize-giving ceremony and exhibition of the Life Science Image Awards 2019 announced the winners in each of the categories: Health and wellbeing, Health and technology and Beauty in Medicine. This is the overall winner, 'White Blood Cells in Colour’ by Paul Vulliamy. The other winners were Maria Ramos, Vladislav Skovorodov, Nay Aung, and Tamara Pemovska. Congratulations to all the winners! 

See all of the winning and shortlisted images here

 

27 June 2019

Once Upon Us: A cross-disciplinary conversation on ancestral memory 

Inspired by the latest medical research on how our environment influences our genetic expression and how memories could move across generations through DNA coding, Once Upon Us explores the blurring boundaries of our individuality across space and time.

Where and when do we start? Where and when do we end? Are the boundaries of who we are really as defined in time and space as we think?

From 26 June to 7 July, on the front lawn of the Queens’ Building in Mile End, a participatory and sensory installation transmits memories gathered from across the world. The interaction of sound, reflections and changing light becomes a metaphor for the dance that involves the present we are, the past we contain and the future we are creating.

On 27 June, in the Pelston Lecture Theatre, audience and leading experts from different fields (from epigenetics to psychology and wisdom traditions) engage in a thought-provoking conversation about the interplay of ancient and new theories on the theme of ancestral memory.

 Once Upon Us is a composite art project by Immuto collective in collaboration with sound artist Alessandro Baldessari, choreographer Riccardo Buscarini, Professor Vardhman Rakyan, London Festival of Architecture and Queen Mary University of London.

Book tickets and find out more here

 

27 June 2019

Life Science Image Award Exhibition and Prize-Giving Ceremony

The official prize-giving ceremony and exhibition of the Life Science Image Awards 2019, celebrating the outstanding images entered around the themes of: Health and wellbeing, Health and technology and Beauty in Medicine.

27 June - Neuron Pod, Whitechapel Campus, 2pm

More information here

 

May-July 2019

New Event Programme Released

Our new programme for events from May - July 2019 is available to download below and hard copies are across campus. 

Our major events in June include the Tate Exchange, Queen Mary's annual takeover of the Tex Space at Tate Modern. Entitled 'Ideas in Motion: Borders, Bodies and the Universe', it explores moving without constraint, unhampered by injury or ill-health, unrestricted by national borders or proof of citizenship. 

We will also host Nish Kumar this semester and got involved with Mental Health Awareness Week with a discussion panel and Conference. We also have a number of workshops and events in the local community. 

Download: Event Programme May - July 2019 [PDF 5,009KB]

News - 'Should Wellbeing be taught at universities?' now available as a podcast 

Podcast available now: Should Universities Teach Wellbeing?

Following the panel discussion on mental health on 14 May, the recording is now available on both Apple and Soundcloud! 

Discussing the responsbilities of universities with regards to mental health services for students. Can universities teach wellbeing, and what is the role of the arts and humanities in this endeavour?

There is, apparently, a mental health crisis in higher education. Student referrals for counselling are soaring, and according to one study, 40% of PhDs are depressed or anxious. Students in Bristol took to the streets to demand better mental health services, while the universities minister declared the purpose of universities should no longer just be knowledge, but also well-being. What are universities' responsibilities in this area? What should students expect and demand? Can universities teach wellbeing, and what is the role of the arts and humanities in this endeavour?

Listen here: Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud

19 June 2019

Barts and Queen Mary Science Festival 19th June 2019

All are welcome to a family friendly science festival from QM, for anyone interested in science and medicine from teenagers to adults. Lots of exciting events, displays and activities to show how much fun science can be.

19 June -  Octagon, Queen's Building, Queen Mary University of London, London E1 4NS.

Children should be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times and should have the permission of their school to attend as appropriate.

For more information please email: sciencefestival@qmul.ac.uk and click to book tickets.  

 

11 - 16 June 2019

Ideas in Motion: BORDERS, BODIES, AND THE UNIVERSE QMUL at Tate Exchange

QMUL researchers and collaborators take over the fifth floor of the Blavatnik Building at Tate Modern for a week in June, showcasing work, presenting talks and running activities as part of Tate Exchange with the theme of “Movement”.

Imagine moving without constraint, unhampered by injury or ill-health. Imagine being unrestricted by national borders or proof of citizenship. The universe might feel like it could expand without limit, but human beings seem constantly to come up against barriers. Researchers from across Queen Mary University of London share their work and invite you to explore the different ways we move and the obstacles we face.

More information here.  

Download the Brochure Tate [PDF 3,886KB] and read about the event here

 

18 June 

Plastics FORMcard workshop with designer maker Peter Marigold 

A chance to work with FORMcard, a unique mouldable bio-plastic that becomes malleable when immersed in hot water. Led by FORMcard inventor and Raw Materials: Plastics resident designer maker Peter Marigold, this hands-on workshop will use FORMcard to mimic natural materials, a sentiment which inspired the original invention of plastics in east London.

An opportunity to learn about the history behind the invention of plastics and use skills of observation and dexterity to make and mould, this workshop is a chance to learn and play with materials.

Follow Peter Marigold's instagram page to find out more about FORMcard.  

 

15 - 16 June 2019

Festival of Communities 2019

The annual Festival of Communities returns to Tower Hamlets for its’ fourth year exploring learning and living across the borough. With a host of free hands-on activities showcasing research, creativity, and community initiatives, there’s a little something for everyone.

Stepney Green Park and People’s Palace*, 11.30am

More information here

22 May 2019

Networks of Knowledge: Exhibition Opening Night 

The exhibition “Networks of Knowledge” puts the spotlight on the institute’s Library and Pamphlet collection and presents for the first time some highlights from this resource to the public.

The Leo Baeck Institute’s Library is a rich scholarly resource, with many books and pamphlets of distinguished provenance. A large part of the library was gifted to the Institute by its first director, Robert Weltsch (1891-1982). The majority of the Institute’s collection of political pamphlets from the interwar period stems from Weltsch‘s bequest. Another significant acquisition was made in 2012, when the LBI’s second director Arnold Paucker (1921-2016) gifted his private scholarly library to the Institute. Since its foundation, the LBI has comprehensively collected the scholarly literature relating to its field of research, the history and culture of German-speaking Jews.
In 2017, the LBI and QMUL Library Services forged a new strategic partnership. The LBI’s collection is now housed in the Mile End Library, providing easier access for scholars and students alike, who are invited to draw on this rich resource for their studies and research.

In four sections, the exhibition presents documents from the history of the LBI, documents concerning networks of Jewish émigré scholars in London and their exchanges with the continent, and collection strongpoints such as family memoirs and anti-Semitic propaganda.

Opening Night
22nd May 2019, 5 p.m.
Queens’ Building, Queen Mary University of London, Entrance Hall
Followed by a Wine Reception 

Exhibition
29th April – 22nd December 2019

21 May 2019

Oskar Kokoschka. Artist of the Century

The life and work of Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) is a protest against monotony - the monotony of existence. 

In his latest book the literary scholar and Professor of German Rüdiger Görner illustrates the fascinating and contradictory versatility of this epoch making multi-talented Austrian artist. The biography offers new and unexpected insights into the life of the famous and influential painter, poet and playwright.

As part of the Queen Mary Visual Cultures Forum  series the author will talk about his publication and discuss the personal, artistic and political dimensions of Oskar Kokoschka with Dr Emilie Oléron Evans.

21 May - 7:00pm - Austrian Cultural Forum

Book tickets here. 

17-18 May 2019

Mad Hearts: The Arts and Mental Health

A two- day conference organised by Arts and Culture and the MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health at Queen Mary University of London. This two-day conference explores productive, radical, contemporary encounters between the arts and mental health, bringing together clinical, artistic and research perspectives that offer a re-interpretation of contemporary mental health science and practice.

Thematic sessions will range from the importance of narrative and meaning making in mental health, to the pedagogical use of the arts as progressive intervention, and arguments for a radical shift in mental health practice. The programme is enriched by theatre performances on the theme of mental health and an art exhibition. Delegates will have the opportunity to contribute their responses through a 'long table' discussion; this will provide the stimulus for the panel discussion with stakeholders and international experts that will round off the conference. We welcome mental health professionals, researchers and any members of the general public interested in the way the arts can contribute to mental health.

For more information please contact: Maria Turri m.turri@qmul.ac.uk

17th and 18th May - Queen Mary - ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre

Book tickets here. 

14 May 2019

Creative hubs and urban policy: A symposium on creative work and the city

Creative hubs and clusters are essential sites of cultural and creative production and consumption. These now global sites very much represent the urban regional growth promise of the creative and culture sector. This symposium investigates the role of urban policy in sustaining creative hubs in what seems like a precarious and vulnerable time for such site of cultural production. This event will also mark the launch of ‘Creative Hubs in Question: Place, Space and Work in the Creative Economy’ - edited by Professor Rosalind Gill, Professor Andy Pratt and Dr Tarek Virani.

13:00 – 19:00

Stour Space. 7 Roach Road, London, E3 2PA

Book tickets here

 

14 May 2019

Should Universities Teach Wellbeing?

A panel discussion about university responsibilities in mental health services for students. Can universities teach wellbeing, and what is the role of the arts and humanities in this endeavour?

There is, apparently, a mental health crisis in higher education. Student referrals for counselling are soaring, and according to one study, 40% of PhDs are depressed or anxious. Students in Bristol took to the streets to demand better mental health services, while the universities minister declared the purpose of universities should no longer just be knowledge, but also well-being. What are universities' responsibilities in this area? What should students expect and demand? Can universities teach wellbeing, and what is the role of the arts and humanities in this endeavour?

Panelists:
Shamima Akter, QMSU Incoming Vice President Welfare
Prof Kam Bhui, QMUL Head of Centre for Psychiatry and Deputy Director of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Barts and The London
Dr Jules Evans, QMUL Centre for the History of Emotions
Kevin Halon, QMUL Counselling Manager
Niall Morrissey, QMUL Mental Health Co-ordinator
Prof Barbara Taylor, QMUL History
Dr Tiffany Watt Smith, QMUL Drama (Chair)

Tue, 14 May 2019

18:30 – 20:30 BST

 

Book tickets here. 

8 May - 4 June 2019

Alive in the Universe 

Professor David Berman from the Physics and Astronomy Department will give a performance “On Time” at this 28-day festival in Venice, exploring life and the universe through video, performance and installation, including over 200 one minute art-films. Each day features a different theme, which all explore the universe through the creative arts. 

Launched by curator and art dealer Caroline Wiseman in 2018 at the London Art Fair, ALIVE IN THE UNIVERSE is a global network of people who encourage human creativity; for the creative human is the flourishing human. Flourishing humans make a flourishing world.
ALIVE IN THE UNIVERSE is the current overarching theme of the year long creativity activities devised and produced by Caroline Wiseman in the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout, in Aldeburgh, Suffolk on the east coast of England. Admired by many as a ‘tiny art temple by the sea’ the Lookout has hosted an impressive and diverse mix of international artists, musicians, writers, philosophers and scientists for residencies and producing new work, inspired by their time in the Lookout.

 

7 - 10 May 2019

Dog Without Feathers by Deborah Colker Dance Company


In partnership with People's Palace Projects, acclaimed Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker brings her award-winning show to London for four nights. The show uses movement, music and film to explore the mythology and influence of the Capibaribe River and combines classical, contemporary, popular and ritual dances.

Inspired by poet João Cabral de Melo Neto’s masterpiece 'Cão sem Plumas', which traces the mythology and people of Brazil's Capibaribe River while evoking all the rivers of the world, the piece is about life on the edge, dehumanisation and exuberance in the face of suffering and tragedy.

Dog Without Feathers won the international Prix Benois de la Danse 2018. Colker also choreographed the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

 

Book tickets here

27 March - 4 May 2019

UK Asian Film Festival

The 21st UK Asian Film Festival brochure is here, with a programme packed full of film screenings and events in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leicester, London and Manchester.

There were a number of events in conjunction with Queen Mary - but lots more happening across London through April and May. 

Follow the link to the website to download the full Brochure for 2019. 

Photo Credit: Motions Media

 

5 April 2019

Women in Cinema Collective and Miminal Cinema

‘9 Pencinemakal’ - A Package of Nine Visual Experiences from Women

Every single film in this package of nine Malayalam short fictions is a different experimental attempt in the language of cinema. In the realm of cinematic visual language, they are a step ahead in their craft and narratives. Though, independent expressions of Malayali women from various socio-cultural backgrounds, every bit of this package do demonstrate an honest approach towards cinema as an art form. Regardless of their differences in storytelling, content, craft and inherent politics, all of them drew me to them as a viewer, owing to their genuineness in expression. Appreciating and celebrating gender equality is as important as discussing it. Thus, here we are creating a space for woman filmmakers and thereby bringing gender sensitivity in to the semantics of filmmaking.

This event has been organised in collaboration with The Centre for Film and Ethics and Film Cultures, Queen Mary, University of London. There will be a post-screening discussion and Q&A featuring Archana Padmini (actor/filmmaker/curator of Women in Cinema Collective short films), Prof. Valentina Vitali (University of East London) and Amrit Wilson (author/activist), chaired by Dr. Anat Pick (Queen Mary University).

Time: 15:00 - 20:00

Venue: Arts One Theatre

Please register on Eventbrite

April - July 2019
Keep up to date with events on this page, or follow our Instagram page @qmularts.

Tate Exchange - Queen Mary

Arts & Culture Programme 

April - July 2019

Welcome to this semester’s Arts & Culture Programme at Queen Mary.

As usual, we have lots of events going on, including the Annual Arts Lecture, with guest speaker, Nish Kumar. Last semester, we welcomed the London Chamber Orchestra to Queen Mary, the fourth Arts Council England National Portfolio Company that finds a home on one of our campuses.

This semester, we have a number of events in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Week, including a panel discussion on the mental health crisis in Higher Education and 'Mad Hearts: The Arts and Mental Heath', a two-day conference that explores productive, radical and historical encounters between the arts and mental health - book tickets here. There is also a celebration of the benefits of music on mental health: 'Music of an Unquiet Mind' coming up in June. The Festival of Communities 2019 sees the fourth iteration of the festival for and with the community of East London and Queen Mary.

Our major events in June include the Tate Exchange, Queen Mary's annual takeover of the Tex Space at Tate Modern. Entitled 'Ideas in Motion: Borders, Bodies and the Universe', it explores moving without constraint, unhampered by injury or ill-health, unrestricted by national borders or proof of citizenship. The universe might feel like it could expand without limit, but human beings seem constantly to come up against barriers. Researchers from across Queen Mary University of London share their work and explore the different ways we move and the obstacles faced. Find out more on their website.

The Annual Arts Lecture 2019 welcomes Nish Kumar, comedian and presenter of 'The Mash Report'. This is part of Queen Mary's Public Lecture Series. Tickets are selling fast, so click here to book.

To follow our news and not to miss this event, please email: qmul-arts@qmul.ac.uk and ask to be placed on our mailing list.

 

 

UK Asian Film Festival
26 March 2019

Side-by-Side: London Chamber Orchestra and Queen Mary - A Celebration

To celebrate the newly enhanced and important relationship between QMUL and London Chamber Orchestra, we present a concert that demonstrates the way in which professionals and students can work together for the benefit of all!  Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring received its UK premiere at the People’s Palace, so it is fitting that we include that masterwork, together with Prokofiev’s enchanting Peter and the Wolf and Mozart’s exhilarating Symphony no 40.  Alongside this evening event, leading QMUL academics explain how music impacts on human wellbeing.  A time to celebrate indeed!

Time: 7:00 - 9:00pm

Venue: The Octagon, Queen Mary University of London E1 4NS

Please register on Eventbrite

27th &28th March 2019

Can you beat The Aurora?

GCHQ will be in the People's Palace on 27th and 28th March showcasing their own interactive LED installation and promoting job opportunities post university. The installation includes state of the art technology and specific brand messaging that appears at certain perspectives when observing the LEDs. The aim of the installation is to create a unique spectacle, engage students and promote their summer placements and graduate positions. Come and get involved.

Please note: the dates of this event have changed and it will now take place on 27th-28th March in the Foyer of the People's Palace, 8am-5pm.

27 March 2019

Queen Mary Wasafiri Writers Live: Chloe Aridjis Reading & In Coversation with Boyd Tonkin

Chloe Aridjis is a Mexican-American writer based in London. She is the author of three novels, Book of Clouds, which won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in France, Asunder, set in London's National Gallery, and Sea Monsters, published in February 2019.

Boyd Tonkin is an author, journalist and critic who is Special Adviser to the Man Booker Prize, which he chaired in 2016. He writes on books and arts for international media.

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: The Chaplaincy, Queen Mary University of London E1 4NS

 

29 March 2019

MUSICAL RHAPSODIES

With QMUL Orchestra, Barts & The London Music Society Orchestra, QMUL Choir The final concert of the academic term brings the university’s two orchestras together to perform two very different masterworks. George Gershwin’s ever popular Rhapsody in Blue features soloist Roy Wang. Excerpts from Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem together with his mighty first symphony bring the concert and the term’s intense work to a climactic end. The concert is directed by Dr Michelle Castelletti and Dr Paul Edlin.

Tickets available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/musical-rhapsodies-tickets-54915883887

January - March 2019
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Downlad the Arts & Culture Programme brochure below:
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Reveries about Language, Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani Mina Ray

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Cartaz Camões Annual Lecture 2019 [PDF 581KB]

Arts & Culture Programme 

January - March 2019

Welcome to this semester’s Arts & Culture Programme at Queen Mary.

As usual, we have lots of events going on between January and March - from music concerts, film screenings, art sessions and installations to performances. This semester we are welcoming the London Chamber Orchestra to Queen Mary, the fourth Arts Council England National Portfolio company that finds a home on one of our campuses. To mark the occasion, we will have a special event, Side-by-Side: London Chamber Orchestra and Queen Mary – A Celebration on 26 March. Books your ticket(s) here.

This semester will also see the opening of the brand-new Centre of the Cell’s Neuron Pod which will increase the Centre’s and Queen Mary’s ability to interact with the local community. If you are curious about this new cell that has been lovingly baptized ‘the hedgehog’, please come to one of the events that we are hosting there this semester – Johann Science Bach – The Cell/O on 13 and 27 February (register here), and the workshop Creative Interventions in Dementia Care on 18 March.

The Queen Mary Confucius Institute has also several events on offer to bring Chinese language and culture closer to you. After kicking off the events programme with colourful performances at the Chinese New Year concert, there will be a Chinese Calligraphy Workshop on 26 February, a Chinese Painting Workshop on 12 March and a Tai Chi Class on 22 March. You can find more information in our event brochure or on the Confucius Institute’s website.

Dive into the notion of time in Time Tries All Things, a dual screen video and sculpture installation and collaboration between Irish filmmaker and artist Grace Weir, the Institute of Physics and our very own David Berman, Professor of Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary (more information here). Or you could fully immerse yourself into the multilingual poetry experience Reveries about Language by Jasmina Bolfek-Radovani in collaboration with Professor Catherine Boyle and sound artist Alo Allik on 20 March (register here).

Check out full details of all of the events in our brochure: Arts & Culture Materials_Programme Jan-Mar 2019 web PDF [PDF 1,402KB]

Coming Soon – Save the date!

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Annual Arts Lecture will be given by comedian/presenter Nish Kumar on 5 June 2019.

To follow our news and not to miss this event, please email: qmul-arts@qmul.ac.uk and ask to be placed on our mailing list.

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Johann Science Bach - The Cell/O

Confucius - Thai Chi workshop

Tai Chi Workshop, Confucius Institute
25 January 2019

Chinese New Year Concert

This is a special concert featuring famous Chinese Artist Xiao Di and her friends to celebrate Chinese New Year. Combining Chinese traditional music and Western instruments, this pioneering event paves the way to close collaboration among different cultures and styles in music. During the concert, except the Chinese folk songs played by Western & Eastern instruments, you can also enjoy the marvellous Face Changing Show and Chinese dance. Everyone is welcome to join us for this unique event.

Please register on Eventbrite using the QR Code on the poster: CNY 2019- Year of the Pig [PDF 810KB]

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Winter 2018
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Korea: Divisions and Borders

Wasafiri Issue 96, Winter 2018 is out now, featuring fiction by Chang-rae Lee, poetry from Han Kang, and much more.

Korea: Divisions and Borders' was guest edited by Phillip Y Kim and Krys Lee, who say that "The stark dichotomy between the two [Korean] nations sets up psychic and social tensions that exist nowhere else in the world. For storytellers and journalists, the narratives that arise from the dramatic contrast are unique, poignant and compelling. ... Some of the delineations that we examine include North and South Korea, tradition and modernity, realism and fantasy, family and the individual, and insularity and globalization.

Visit Wasafiri's website HERE.

Autumn 2018

Picturing the Past - Exploring QMUL's Archive Collections

‘Picturing the Past’ is Queen Mary’s Archive new exhibition that can be found on the second floor of our Mile End campus Library. Inspired by photographs, sketches and plans, the exhibit journeys back visually into the past of the archive collection.

Highlights of the exhibition include photographs from the history of Queen Mary and Westfield Colleges, such as students meeting Queen Mary of Teck, and from the staff and student protests in the 1970s and 1980s. Also included are three beautifully illustrated rare books from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, covering the topics of plant anatomy, James Cook’s voyages around the world and African geography. Papers of three artists have also been selected for their visual appeal. This includes sketches by James Smetham (1821-1889), a Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painter, contained in letters to his friend William Davies. There are also prints of paintings by John Martin (1789-1854), best known for his epic religious scenes.

For full details, please visit the Archive's webpage HERE.

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Sketch by James Smetham showing him addressing William Davies and others, 1855 (Ref. JS/1/18)
7 November 2018
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Tristram Hunt (V&A) and Paul Nurse (Francis Crick Institute) in Conversation

The Two Cultures Dabate: Science and the Arts in the Twenty-First Century

7 November 2018, 6pm-9pm

Location: Great Hall, People’s Palace, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End

Sir Paul Nurse, Director of the Francis Crick Institute, and Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, revisit the “Two Cultures Debate” and set out the future of the arts and the sciences.

This event explores the place of the arts in science and technology today. Almost 60 years after C.P. Snow's landmark lecture, we revisit the idea of "the two cultures". Do scientists speak a different language to that of artists? Has art grown too obscure and could it ever be instructive to scientific advancement? Or are the arts and sciences more perfectly fused in a future increasingly shaped by design technology? In this debate, we ask how far intellectual life really has been split between the arts and sciences, and whether there is space for STEM to become STEAM.

Join the conversation and book Tristram Hunt & Paul Nurse in Conversation.

 

STEAM Ahead with Arts & Culture this Autumn

Diann Bauer - Queen Mary University of London Art Commission with the Nunnery Gallery

24 October - 31 December 2018

Location: Arts Two Building, Mile End Road

A video/digital-based art installation on the Mile End campus by the artist Diann Bauer

Very small in space and very brief in time, particle collisions replicate a moment equally small and brief at the origins of time and space.  These scales are exotic to humans, yet we are embedded in them. This new video work explores the discrepancy between what we know about the world and how that world appears to us, drawing from the ideas of physicist Carlo Rovelli and science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson.  An installation in collaboration with the Nunnery Gallery’s exhibition Visions in the Nunnery (28 Sept – 16 Dec).

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Diann Bauer 2018 (picture courtesy of the artist)
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Anna Xambo, artist.

The Raw & The Cooked

28 September 2018 (10am-12noon) and 29 September 2018 (10am-4pm)
Location: Cafe1001, Brick Lane, London E1.

Digital music event, live coding and DIY instrument building with the Media & Arts Technology Centre

The RAW and The COOKED is a two-day event exploring new approaches to musical creativity. Fostering an open source ethos to sharing knowledge and developing new skills, the event brings together the best of today's pioneering musical movements. This event, hosted by the Media & Arts Technology Centre for Doctoral Training at Queen Mary University of London, fuses practical workshops and demonstrations of Live Coding and DIY instrument/modular synth building. Complete beginners and experts are welcome.  The daytime sessions are followed live performances in the evening.

Soundstack 2018

Friday, 5 October
Location/time: Call & Response Enclave, Deptford, London SE8 4NT (10am – late)
Location/time: Queen Mary University London, Mile End (10am - 6pm)

A three-day series of workshops and masterclasses on the art and technologies of spatial audio

From Ambisonics to object-based audio, this event explores the world of spatial sound. A series of workshops and masterclasses will introduce you to four artist-engineers working across binaural and multichannel audio at the cutting edge of 3D and interactive applications for VR, AR, installations and performance. You’ll hear about software and techniques, as well as the aesthetic potential of immersive audio. This is an intermediate-level event that assumes some understanding of Max/MSP, Pure Data, Unity and Spatial audio concepts. For full details see the Soundstack website.

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The Goldberg variations

10 October 2018, 7.30 – 9.00pm
Location: The Octagon, Queens Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End.

Bach’s mathematical methods: performance and discussion

For the opening concert of City of London Sinfonia's Bach and the Cosmos series, Oxford Mathematician James Sparks and CLS's musicians take the audience on a visual journey through JS Bach’s most numerical piece: the Goldberg Variations. With musical examples and numerical explanations, James Sparks explores how Bach uses mathematical methodologies to exhaust the permutations of every theme in his 30 Variations. As the piece transforms, different sections of the Orchestra are illuminated, highlighting Bach’s beautifully mathematical music.

To Book click HERE.

Wind, Rewind: Women Behind the Lens

24 October 2018, 7pm-8.30pm

Location: Great Hall, People’s Palace, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End

Panel discussion in collaboration with the Nunnery Gallery’s exhibition Visions in the Nunnery

This year’s Visions in the Nunnery exhibition, dedicated to showcasing international moving image and performance work, features the artist, Tina Keane. Keane’s film work was instrumental in the women’s art movement and known for pushing digital boundaries in the 1970 and 80s. This panel discussion focuses on Keane’s work with a screening of one of her films, before exploring the role of women in the development of film art. Chaired by Dr. Jenny Chamarette, panellists include artist Diann Bauer and Keane expert, Richard Dyer. Book for Wind, Rewind: Women Behind the Lens.

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Frankenreads

31 October 2018, 5–9pm
Location: Arts Two, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End.

Frankenstein themed events to mark Hallowe’en and the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel

The School of English & Drama at Queen Mary University of London mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” in suitably scary style on Halloween.

Frankenscreening: Frankenstein's dreams of cinema: Frankenstein is haunted by cinema - even though film was still to be invented in 1818. The monster learns about human relations by watching them from a distance - like a cinema-goer, mutely gazing at the beautiful agents before him. This talk explores the cinematic aspects of Shelley’s novel.

Fancy Dress Frankenstein Lecture: One of the earliest example of science fiction, Frankenstein is a novel that has always been ahead of its time, toying with ideas of early feminism and exploration. It also anticipates the ethical questions of modern medicine. As advances in AI and prosthetic technology transform our ideas of the human, we ask how does Mary Shelley’s monster stand up against modern science? Monster Munch Mingling Hallowe’en Party with drinks and snacks. Halloween costumes very much encouraged.

Book your place for Frankenreads.

Tristram Hunt (V&A) and Paul Nurse (Francis Crick Institute) in Conversation

The Two Cultures Dabate: Science and the Arts in the Twenty-First Century

7 November 2018, 6pm-8pm
Location: Great Hall, People’s Palace, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End

Sir Paul Nurse, Director of the Francis Crick Institute, and Tristram Hunt, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, revisit the “Two Cultures Debate” and set out the future of the arts and the sciences.

This event explores the place of the arts in science and technology today. Almost 60 years after C.P. Snow's landmark lecture, we revisit the idea of "the two cultures". Do scientists speak a different language to that of artists? Has art grown too obscure and could it ever be instructive to scientific advancement? Or are the arts and sciences more perfectly fused in a future increasingly shaped by design technology? In this debate, we ask how far intellectual life really has been split between the arts and sciences, and whether there is space for STEM to become STEAM.

Join the conversation and book Tristram Hunt & Paul Nurse in Conversation.

Antarctic triangle - Autumn Programme 2018
London Bound - Autumn Programme 2018

London Bound. Being Human. A Festival of the Humanities

15-24 November 2018
Location: Multiple Queen Mary University of London sites.

Queen Mary University of London to be one of six Being Human Festival Hubs

The Festival of Humanities is a national forum for public engagement with humanities which highlights how academic research can inspire and enrich our lives. As one of only six Festival Hubs around the country, Queen Mary researchers take over a series of London venues to explore the city that is home to over 8 million people. Our theme is “London Bound”. Highlights will include mock excavations, tea tasting, creative writing workshops, walking tours exploring Ghosts of the East End and a medical history trail through the Royal London and Mile End hospitals.

Keyboard Evolution – from Clavichord to Magnetic Resonator Piano

20 November 2018, 1pm–8.15pm
Location: Octagon, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End

Art and science entwine in an exploration of the evolution of keyboard instruments from early clavichord to cutting edge technologies.

Expert scholars in musicology, performance, science and medicine lead us through a series of interactive workshops and performances. Discover how the keyboard has evolved over five hundred years. Witness the historical progression of keyboard music and experience at first hand the differences between clavichord, harpsichord, early and modern pianos and modern digital keyboards. Hear brand new music for the extraordinary Magnetic Resonator Piano. Professors Elaine Chew and John Irving together with Dr Andrew McPherson are joined by world-renowned pianist Rolf Hind.

1pm: Short talk & concert. Music & Heart with Professors Elaine Chew and Pier Lambiase. Music by Joseph Haydn, Cheryl Frances Hoad, Jonathan Berger, Dorien Herremans and Frédéric Chopin

2.30pm – 5.15pm: Interactive workshops with Professor Elaine Chew, Professor John Irving, Dr Andrew McPherson and Rolf Hind

5.30pm: Concert. The Early Keyboard (John Irving). Music by W.A. Mozart, J.S. Bach and Beethoven

7pm: Concert. The Modern Keyboard (Rolf Hind) includes world premiere of new work for Magnetic Resonator Piano. Music by Rolf Hind, Julia Adolphe, Ed Nesbit, Olivier Messiaen, Gyorgy Ligeti and Paul Max Edlin

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Anger, Fast and Slow - Autumn Programme 2018

Anger, Fast and Slow

22 November 2018, doors open 6.00pm
Location: Arts Two Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End.

QMUL Centre for the History of Emotions Annual Lecture

Dr Will Davies (Goldsmiths) will give a lecture entitled ‘Anger, Fast and Slow’. Anger has become a politically transformative emotion in recent years, raising questions about why everyone is so angry, and how – if at all – this relates to economics and media. Efforts to resist this emotion with ‘rationality’ or facts have struggled in the democratic domain. Davies argues that a form of post-liberal subjectivity has emerged, supported by neuroscience as much as by social media or populism, in which thinking, knowing and feeling are never fully separable. Developing themes from his new book, Nervous States: How feeling took over the world, this lecture considers anger and the relationship between affect and violence.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in the Arts Two Building. All welcome. Tickets are free but booking is essential. Please contact a.arnold-forster@qmul.ac.uk with any queries.

11-16 June 2018
Arts Week June 2018 - Floating Ink
Arts Week June 2018 - Textiles
Arts Week June 2018 - La Mer

Arts & Culture Week - June 2018

In June 2018, Art's and Culture hosted the first Arts Week since the new arts and culture strategy was launched in September 2017.

Kicking off with the Annual Arts Lecture given by Maria Balshaw, Tate (see below), other events included:

  • "Floating Ink" A Raw Materials: Textiles Workshop with Freya Gabie

  • Raw Materials: Textiles with Jan Cullen
  • La Mer (Four hands, Two dancers, Two Films), a contemporary dance workshop and performance of Debussy's La Mer in collaboration with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
  • The Pink Singers - Anniversary concert of Europe's longest established LGBT+ choir (35 years!)

Images and videos of the workshops and performances will be available in the forthcoming Gallery section on this website - watch this space!

 

8 June 2018

Inaugural Arts and Culture Lecture

Dr Maria Balshaw has delivered the first Arts and Culture lecture at Queen Mary. Dr Balshaw, who is Director of Tate, has taken up the role of honorary professor in the School of Business and Management.

During the lecture Dr Balshaw discussed the relevance of Arts and Culture for education and wider society. “It’s ever more important that universities and cultural organisations support creative education since it helps provide skills for life,” she said.

Read the full story HERE.

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12-13 May 2018
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'Everybody is only as free as their soul is'.

Arts & Culture at the Festival of Communities

The annual Tower Hamlets Festival of Communities returned for 2018 on Saturday 12 May to Stepney Green Park and on the second day on Sunday 13 May at Queen Mary’s Mile End Campus.

Hosted by Queen Mary University of London and Tower Hamlets’ organisations, the festival explored living and learning across our borough and allowed visitors to get hands on with research through games, sports, crafts and other family friendly activities and events.

Arts & Culture was present on both days to raise awareness of its arts and culture strategy, and to get lots and lots of children and adults drawing. Our artist wall included over 180 drawings at the end of the festival!

1-6 May 2018

Queen Mary takes over Tate Exchange

From 1-6 May 2018, Queen Mary University of London took residence at Tate Exchange in the Blavatnik Building at Tate Modern.

Our activities aimed to explore how memory is produced, especially in relation to material, objects and places. Themes included the role of sensuality in memory, digital technologies of mass production and artisanal modes of making, and their role in the production of cultural heritage. We organised displays, screenings, and workshops, engaging visitors in discussions about the role of objects in the production, conservation and recollection of their memories, and those of their communities. A particular focus was on migration, and the challenges of producing and conserving a home and identity in circumstances of displacement.

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5 March 2018
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Arts & Culture at Queen Mary – Newsletter #2

Our second newsletter launched a questionnaire to gather information from colleagues, students, partners, collaborators and Tower Hamlet residents about what challenges they think arts and culture can help us face today as a community and what they would like to get out of their cultural experiences at Queen Mary. We also asked which artists they would like to see at Queen Mary for a performance, talk, seminar or workshop.

You can still take our Activity Survey!

To view or download the PDF version of our first newsletter, please click download.

29 November 2017

Legends of Jazz – The National Youth Jazz Orchestra

On 29 November 2017, the People’s Palace opened its doors to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) of Great Britain, performing ‘Legends of Jazz’.

TNYJO’s flagship band is the UK’s premier youth (under 26) jazz orchestra, performing around 40 concerts annually, nationally and internationally. NYJO has helped launch the careers of many renowned musicians, including Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Mark Nightingale, Laura Jurd and Gwilym Simcock, as well as Dave Arch (leader of the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ band) and most of his band members, Martin Koch (musical supervisor for the London Olympics and Paralympics), and many others. The NYJO gave a vibrant and lively performance, celebrating the jazz classics written by masters such as Ellington and Monk.

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8 November 2017
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Launching Arts & Culture at Queen Mary University of London

On 8 November 2017 we launched the arts and culture strategy with an event that celebrated the transformative cultural experiences that students, staff and members of the public enjoy at Queen Mary. The launch brought together artists from the Queen Mary community with international leaders from the cultural sector, partner organisations, staff and students. It attracted about 200 visitors.

Our headline speakers were:

  • Colin Bailey, Principal and President of Queen Mary University of London
  • Stella Hall, Creative Producer and member of Queen Mary’s Council
  • Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England
  • Frances Bowen, Dean, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary

A range of performances showcased the diversity of art forms practiced at Queen Mary, including dance, music, poetry and the performing arts.

Performers included: Lois Weaver, performance artist and Professor of Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary (anchor of the night); dancer Showmi Das performing ‘My Saree’s Story' by director/artist Rokshana Khan; the Chinese Music Studio; singer-songwriter Saida Tani and artists; pianist Kate Ryder performing pieces by Queen Mary’s Dr Andrew McPherson; poet Nick Makoha; and Queen Mary Associate Research Fellow and performance artist Dickie Beau.

19 October 2017

Arts & Culture at Queen Mary – Newsletter #1

The arts and culture newsletter was launched mid-October 2017. Its aim is to inform Queen Mary’s staff and students, as well as our collaborators and wider community, about the artistic and cultural activities at Queen Mary, and opportunities that may arise in the arts and creative sectors within Queen Mary as well as externally. The newsletter is circulated once a quarter.

To view or download the PDF version of our first newsletter, please click download.

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31 July 2017
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The new Arts & Culture Strategy 2017–2022

Based on an extensive consultation with our colleagues, partners and stakeholders, Queen Mary University of London adopted a new arts and cultural strategy in 2017.

The strategy’s vision is to develop Queen Mary as a world-leading centre of excellence in arts and culture within Higher Education. It is based on three overarching themes – creative leadership, global research, and community engagement – and encapsulates four strategic aims:

  1. To develop QMUL’s role as an institution committed to diversity, inclusion, and well being through artistic and cultural research
  2. To contribute to the creative economy and enhance student employability
  3. To support quality partnerships and build capacity for students and staff to engage in cultural activities
  4. To communicate the range and value of QMUL’s cultural work

The strategy reflects Queen Mary’s values of pursuing social justice and encouraging inclusion, diversity and well-being. It provides a framework for Queen Mary’s aspirations and continuing activities in arts and culture.

Through the arts and culture, we:

  • foster innovation and creativity
  • pursue social justice
  • create and disseminate knowledge
  • listen, collaborate, and co-create
  • encourage inclusion and diversity
  • nurture our students
  • engage with our local, London, UK and international communities.
3 April 2017

Queen Mary University of London signs creative partnership with Arts Council England

On 3 April 2017, Queen Mary University of London and Arts Council England signed an agreement to work together on creative leadership, global research programmes, and community engagement. It is the first time that the Arts Council has signed such an agreement with a London university.

The agreement is based on a mutual and long-standing commitment to diversity and the wellbeing of communities. It is a major opportunity for Queen Mary to benefit from the Arts Council’s global reputation in the arts, and to shape cultural policy in London and internationally. The partnership will benefit from the University’s excellent research capacity, its contributions to the creative economy by supporting education and innovation, and its position and role as a ‘place-maker’ in the East End.

Professor Simon Gaskell, former President and Principal of Queen Mary said: “We’re honoured and excited to sign this agreement with the Arts Council. The story of Queen Mary University of London began 130 years ago with the foundation of the People’s Palace in Victorian East London. The People’s Palace was set up to provide education and cultural entertainment in an area where opportunities were few and education was beyond the reach of most people. The values at the heart of that endeavour remain at the core of our mission. We believe that universities have a vital cultural role in society and in local communities. Fundamentally we embrace the idea that the arts are a public good, and should be for everyone.”

Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: “Our great higher education institutions such as Queen Mary University of London are vitally important custodians of art and culture. This is a hub of excellence in its community and a really significant partner for the Arts Council. It’s ranked ninth nationally for its research quality, and the diverse, vibrant community on its doorstep is reflected in its classrooms and corridors with staff and students from 162 countries. Queen Mary is perfectly positioned to be the ‘place-maker’ around and from which partnerships can form. We’re very excited to see the impact of our work together, both internationally and locally.”

News item 1 - ACE MOU Darren MatthewDarren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England and Prof Matthew Hilton, Vice-Principal HSS, Queen Mary University of London at the reception
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