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Historian, writer and curator, Paul Greenhalgh will give the 8th annual Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture at the Royal College of Art, London on Monday 11th March, 2024.

Paul Greenhalgh is a historian, writer and curator. His previous roles include Director of the Sainsbury Centre (UK), Director and President of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington DC), President of NSCAD University (Canada), and Head of Research at the V&A Museum. In this lecture on ceramics past, Greenhalgh asks how ceramic artists of the past thought about their practice? How did they position their practice in their respective cultures? And how does this impact contemporary ceramic? This lecture will explore the underlying nature of ceramic history, arguing that it is a 'thing in itself,' rather than a branch of art history. The lecture will look at the theoretical and empirical characteristics of the ceramic past, to identify what makes it relevant today.

The Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture is presented by the Crafts Study Centre in partnership with 318 Ceramics to celebrate the life and work of renowned potter Emmanuel Cooper and is kindly facilitated by the Royal College of Art.

The lecture will take place in Lecture Theatre I at the Royal College of Art at 7pm on the 11th March 2024. The event is free but a ticket and advance booking is essential - click here to book.

For information on previous lectures/speakers of the Emmanuel Cooper Memorial Lecture click here.


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