Winchester School of Art

Launch of Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media

1 February 2012


5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Lecture Theatre A (above the WSA Gallery; Westside Building)

Winchester School of Art
University of Southampton
Park Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8DL



WSA is very proud and excited to announce the launch of its new research centre: the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media.

To mark this occasion, the Centre will be hosting an evening of talks on Wednesday, 1st February 2012, 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Speakers will include Winchester Centre’s newly appointed Professor, Turner Prize nominated artist Jake Chapman, artist and Head of School Bashir Makhoul, and art historian Jonathan Harris, Director of Research at WSA.

Newcastle University’s Professor of Cities and Society, Stephen Graham will also speak on the topic of ‘Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism,’ which explores the import of visual technologies and practices in the complex intersection of urbanism, militarisation and artistic practice. Professor Graham will be introduced by Winchester Centre Co-Director Ryan Bishop, who will explore the links between Graham’s theoretical work and Makhoul’s upcoming solo exhibition at the Yang Gallery in Beijing this spring.

A drinks reception will follow the talks in the WSA Gallery.

Winchester Centre embodies the ethos of research-led practices in Art, Design and Media at Winchester School of Art. The Centre highlights historical, contemporary and future roles for art, design and media within globalization. Its members build sustained collaborations with international partners in public service, the creative industries and civil society. Critically concerned with art and design practices of making, thinking and representation, the Centre actively engages in education and enterprise, exploring the contribution of media, materials and technologies to the improvement of human societies globally.

Led by recently appointed professors Ryan Bishop, Sean Cubitt, Jonathan Harris and Bashir Makhoul, Winchester Centre will make a decisive contribution to the work of WSA and the University at large, as well as to the larger communities of Winchester, Southampton and Southeast England.

More information about the Winchester Centre’s activities, research interests and events can be found at http://www.soton.ac.uk/wrc

Admission is free and all are welcome.