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Sailing the Black Atlantic: Ships in the artworks of Yinka Shonibare and Keith Piper

Date 18.07.13

Time 18.30 - 20.00

Location The Floating Garden

Synopsis

Join Elizabeth Robles, Department of History of Art, University of Bristol on a boat tour to the Floating Ballast Seed Garden.

Details

Led by Art Historian Elizabeth Robles, find out about the role ships play in the work of two very different contemporary artists Yinka Shonibare and Keith Piper, and explore themes of shipping, migration and trans-Atlantic exchange in the cycles and circuits of the ‘Black Atlantic’.

Elizabeth Robles is a third year PhD candidate working with Dr. Dorothy Rowe in the History of Art department at the University of Bristol. Her project, titled 'Disruptive Aesthetics: Black British Art since the 1980s', encompasses an art historical reassessment of objects and creative practices that have, with few exceptions, been consumed by discourses of cultural theory and identity politics.

This event has been part funded by AHRC through the AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund pilot scheme, working with Research Fellow Catherine Hunt, University of Bristol.

£6 / £5 Concessions, free under 12's. To book tickets call Arnolfni box office on: +44 (0)117 9172300 / 01 or email:: boxoffice@arnolfini.org.uk / www.arnolfini.org.uk

Boat tour leaves from Arnolfini. Booking is required via Arnolfini box office.

Steven Claydon’s work brings together objects recalling historical artefacts, cultural ephemera and geological samples, skillfully mixing different cultures and periods of history. Merging reality with fiction, and appearing at once meaningful and useless, Claydon’s works oscillate between an idea of truth and fantasy, seeming to offer a fragmented image of a future civilisation’s past. He will talk about his practice and new commission in Bristol.