CANCELLED: Autumn Art Lecture - Art in the Time of COVID-19: Museums and Collections

2 December 2021, 6.30 PM - 2 December 2021, 7.45 PM

Alison Bevan (Director of the Royal West of England Academy); Andrew Ellis (Director of Art UK); Helen Legg (Director of Tate Liverpool)

Online - Crowdcast

CANCELLED: Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled as a result of industrial action taking place that day.


This year’s Autumn Art Lectures – brought to you by the University of Bristol Faculty of Arts in partnership with Bristol Ideas – are themed around ‘Art in the Time of COVID-19’.

This series of lectures brings together contemporary artists, scholars and museum professionals to reflect on the impact of pandemics – both in the past and in the present – on the ways in which we create, engage with, and think about art and art-making. During the series, we will consider the longer history of art and diseases, the ways in which contemporary artists have reckoned with and worked through the COVID-19 pandemic, and the implications and new possibilities that opened up as we were forced to reimagine the form and function of our public collections amid lockdowns and enforced closures. We will look to the past – from the Black Death to the Third Plague – to provide context to our present as we begin to imagine what the future might look like for artists, collections and the publics that they serve.

In this session, leaders of major galleries and institutions – including the Royal West of England Academy, Tate Liverpool and Art UK – will join us to discuss the implications and possibilities opened up by the COVID-19 pandemic for the ways in which their organisations think about and engage with their publics.

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A Sick Call, from Illustrated London News (Matthew James Lawless)

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