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Symposium: Art, Conflict & Remembering
November 6, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Accompanying our Art, Conflict and Remembering exhibition, which displays commemorative murals created by the Bogside Artists in Derry, Northern Ireland, this symposium invites conversation around the role of arts in conflict and remembering. The panel includes a representative from the Remember Oluwale campaign, Pauline Mayers from The Mayers Ensemble, visual artist Gillian Holding and former Master of the Armouries Guy Wilson.
Remember Oluwale makes a point of engaging with artists and the arts in all their forms to communicate its message and provoke reflection. David Oluwale lived in or near Leeds from 1949 to 1969. Like other British Africans, he laboured and danced. Then he was incarcerated in prisons and mental hospitals, ending up as a rough sleeper. He was hounded to his death by two Leeds policemen. Remember Oluwale infuses this grim tale with the intelligence, creativity and beauty of artistic creation as it asks the city to work with all those who are as disadvantaged today as Oluwale was then. It aims to make Leeds a city of hospitality, refuge and social justice.
Pauline Mayers describers herself as an Artistic Provocateur, challenging the world through body and word. Her What If I Told You wove through Pauline’s own story that of James Sims, self-ascribed “father of modern gynaecology” who operated on slaves without anaesthetic.
Gillian Holding is a visual artist and regular exhibitor at Left Bank Leeds. Over the last seven years, she has been exploring a range of subjects including the overlooked everyday; unnoticed urban edgelands; conflict and identity; and the power of the establishment post-2009. These are linked by an over-arching exploration of a fundamental dissonant cognitive state throughout society as we try to make sense of conflicting simultaneous beliefs.
Guy Wilson is a historian and was Master of the Armouries 1988-2002 and Head of the Royal Armouries. The RA’s millennial commission The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace composed by Karl Jenkins for which Guy compiled and wrote the libretto reflects on the passing of ‘the most war-torn and destructive century in human history’ and looks forward in hope to a more peaceful future. The Armed Man is dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo conflict, whose tragedy was unfolding as it was being composed.
Free tickets are available via Eventbrite. Doors open 15 minutes before the event begins.
This event is part of a series looking at conflict and reconciliation. Please see our other listings for details.
All money raised through this event will support Left Bank Leeds Charitable Trust, charity no. 1146734.