DETOURS Discussion
Presented by The Common Guild and The Glasgow School of Art in association with PAR+RS

Event Type:

Off-site event


The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow G1 3NU


8 Feb 2012
09:30 - 18:00



DETOURS Discussion

DETOURS Discussion

Event info

DETOURS Discussion
A one-day symposium about programme and place

How does context affect a programme? Does it at all? Should it? And can a programme affect a context?

This event brings together a range of views around these questions from leading international curators and museum directors.

Speakers include: Toby Paterson, artist, with an interest in architecture, which he deconstructs both materially and politically, Andrea Schlieker, freelance curator, lecturer and writer and curator of the British Art Show 6 and Folkestone Triennial 2008 & 2011, Nina Möntmann, editor of 'Art and its Institutions: Current conflicts, critique and collaborations,' and Mike Crang, Professor at Durham University with an interest in cultural geography, as well as Simon Groom, Director of the National Galleries Scotland and Katrina Brown, Director of the Common Guild and the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2010 & 2012.

There are many contextual factors that can affect contemporary art programmes, from local politics and finance, through institutional history, to current cultural ambitions and geography. Whether in and for building-based, formal institutions, or in more porous situations including 'public art' commissioning, context plays a part in the making of a programme. The 'Detours' discussion is an opportunity for those involved in programming to hear from colleagues about their approaches in different contexts. Is it appropriate or relevant today to imagine that a programme can instill change in a given context? Or is an over-attention to context a constraint to creative programming?

Supported by Creative Scotland.

You can listen to the speakers' contributions to the symposium below.

Nina Möntmann's clip includes introductions by Katrina Brown (The Common Guild) and Susan Brind (Glasgow School of Art).