Keynote Lecture by Kate Brindley: The Work of Daphne Wright
Thursday 30 August 2018 / 6.30pm, Lecture Room
In the context of the IMMA Collection: Freud Project, The Ethics of Scrutiny, Curated by Daphne Wright, this lecture survey’s Wright’s artistic practice to date, introducing key tenets that have preoccupied the artist since her burgeoning career in the 1990s. Exploring some of Wright’s artist most distinctive and emotive bodies of work in dealing with the essence and meaning of being human, Kate Brindley, Director of Collection & Exhibitions at Chatsworth House UK, reflects on Wright’s multimedia response to the work of Lucian Freud, and considers what this might bring to new readings of Freud’s work in the present.
About the Speaker
Kate Brindley is Director of Collections & Exhibitions, Chatsworth & Lismore Castle Arts. In January 2017 Kate become the first Director of Collections & Exhibitions for the Devonshire Group, a new role to lead the artistic content at Chatsworth and Lismore Castle Arts In Co.Waterford and development of the significant collections across the organisation.
Kate has over 25 years’ experience in the visual arts and museums sector including being Head of Arts and Museums for Wolverhampton where she led the RIBA award winning capital development of Wolverhampton Art Gallery. From 2005-2009 Kate was Director of Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives and lead for the South West Renaissance museums programme. Her achievements included developing M Shed, a £26million new museum, and the record-breaking Banksy V Bristol Museum exhibition 2009. Kate was Director of mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) until March 2014 where she led the international visual arts programme and a governance change to University control. She was CEO of the Arnolfini in Bristol for 3 years leading their successful finalist award for Museum of the Year in 2016. For 8 years she was one of only four national advisors for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Art Funding Programme, including being the key advisor for the influential ‘Our Museums’ initiative focussed on active participation in museums until 2016.
About the Exhibition
The Ethics of Scrutiny, curated by artist Daphne Wright, is the second exhibition to be presented as part of the IMMA Collection: Freud Project - a five-year loan of 52 works by renowned artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011); one of the greatest painters of the 20th-century. This exhibition takes aspects of Freud’s intimate studio practice as a starting point to explore themes of vulnerability, longing and loss that permeate the painter’s work, while also looking to the works of other artists who address on a wider scale the complexities of representation. More details here
Daphne Wright, born 1963, Ireland, is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London, and was elected as a member of the Aosdána, in 2011. She lives and works in Dublin and Bristol. Wright’s work manoeuvres things into well-wrought but delicate doubt – shifting between taughtness and mess, it sets imagery, materials and language in constant metaphorical motion. Wright has exhibited extensively in England and Ireland since 1994, with solo exhibitions at many venues. Most recent projects include, Prayer Project, The Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, 2017; Emotional Archaeology, R.H.A Gallery, Dublin, 2017.
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