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In Conversation: Colour Is

Fri 5 August 2022, 8.20pm9.00pm

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In Conversation: Colour Is

As part of our After Hours evening, we are hosting a unique In Conversation event featuring contemporary artist and writer David Batchelor, artist and designer Morag Myerscough and art historian Professor Paul Smith.

Come and hear more about colour, its effects on the body, how it inspires artists and how it can be used politically, socially, emotionally, and therapeutically.

Part of our ‘summer of colour’, this event provides a unique opportunity to find out more about Morag Myerscough’s The Village, the colourful sculptural installation in our Old Town Meadow, and David Batchelor’s exhibition Colour is, currently on show in our first-floor galleries.

To attend this event, please book a ticket for our After Hours event using the ‘book now’ button.

David Batchelor

For three decades, Scottish artist and writer David Batchelor has been concerned, above all, with colour. His work reflects both a delight in the brilliant hues of the urban environment, and an inquiry into how we respond to this rapidly changing technological environment. His current exhibition ‘Colour Is’ is the largest survey of his work to date, and includes his pre-colour works from the 1980s, his earliest experiments with colour and found objects in the 1990s and his vivid multimedia installations from the 2000s.

Morag Myerscough

Morag Myerscough’s mantra is ‘make happy those who are near and those who are far will come’. Born and raised in Holloway, London, Morag has always lived in the city and has been fascinated by how colour pattern and words can change urban environments and people’s perceptions of spaces into places. From schools and hospitals to cultural hubs and town centres, Morag’s strong visual approach is instantly recognisable and elevates every context in which it is placed, transforming public spaces by creating engaging experiences for everyone. Morag is obsessed with ‘Belonging’ and talks about it around the world, working with local communities on projects that both build and reflect identity.

Professor Paul Smith

Professor Smith came to Warwick in 2005. He has been a professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol, a visiting professor at UC Berkeley, a visiting scholar and a scholar at the Getty Research Institute, and a summer fellow at the Clark Institute.  Paul works mostly on later nineteenth-century French painting, and the literature of the period. Particular interests include Baudelaire, Manet, Impressionism, Seurat, Cezanne, and stories and novels about art. He is also interested in how Adrian Stokes’s and Richard Wollheim’s aesthetic theories, phenomenology, Wittgenstein’s thinking, and neuroscience can illuminate pictures. A central focus of this recent work has been colour and colour theory. He is currently writing the online catalogue of the Cezanne paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago. He has written catalogue essays for the Museum of Fine Art, Budapest (2021); the Philips Collection, Washington DC (2014); the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (2006); the Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence (2006); and the Tate Gallery, London (a book on Cezanne in 1996 which sold 70,000 copies). Paul has just completed a book on the science, perception, and depiction of coloured shadows. He is a member of the University-wide Global Research Priorities group, Brain, Behaviour and Society: Art and Perception theme.