Visual Intersections 6 Summer School
13 June 2022 - 15 June 2022
9:00PM - 5:00PM
Hotel Indigo, Durham and Bishop Auckland
A View of Durham Cathedral from the riverbank
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The Centre for Visual Arts and Culture (CVAC) at Durham University, with support from the Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme, presents our Sixth Visual Intersections Summer School. We encourage proposals from doctoral students and early career researchers working in any discipline or field, whose work extensively deals with visual materials. The Summer School is part of an ongoing series in which scholars in a range of diverse fields gather annually to discuss and celebrate innovative work and research in Visual Cultures. It will be held as an in-person event and will take place at Durham University from 13th June – 15th June 2022. Some assistance with travel and accommodation costs for speakers will be available.
The objective of the Summer School is to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue between postgraduate students, early career academics, and professionals in the cultural sector and to foster an interactive and inclusive environment for early career scholars. It will focus upon examining relationships between curatorship, museum collections and memory, exploring opportunities to integrate research with filmmaking, and opening discussions around Visual Cultures research-related career sectors. There will be opportunities to participate in interactive panels and keynotes, visits to museums and sites around County Durham, which will include tours and interactive workshops, and discussion and networking opportunities throughout our three-day programme.
If you have any queries regarding the application process, please email rhodri.I.sheldrake@email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Summer School
The Summer School, which is supported by the Leverhulme Trust, is part of an ongoing series in which scholars in a range of diverse fields gather annually to discuss and celebrate innovative work and research in Visual Cultures.
The Summer School will take place both in Durham and also in Bishop Auckland. On 13 and 15 June. The Summer School will be held at Hotel Indigo, Durham - the principal venue for our keynote and panel sessions. We are delighted to welcome Dr Domenico Sergi, Senior Curator, Museum of London to given the keynote address. On 13 June there will also be a visit and object handling session at the Durham University Oriental Museum.
On 14 June, the Summer School will travel to Bishop Auckland and visit two of County Durham's newest museums and galleries. We will visit and host a panel session in the Spanish Gallery, home to the UK's largest collection of 16th and 17th century Spanish artworks outside London, including work by El Greco, Murillo and Velazquez. Following this we will also visit the Mining Art Gallery, which includes more than 420 works by prominent local artists such as Tom McGuinness and Norman Cornish. Both of these spaces are part of The Auckland Project, an organisation dedicated to revitalising Bishop Auckland by using art, faith and heritage to fuel long-term change and regeneration.
Travel and Accommodation
Travelling to Durham
InterCity trains from most major centres in the country call at Durham daily along the main East Coast Main Line, including the London North Eastern Railway. Transpennine Express offers frequent links to Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, while Cross Country links Durham directly with Scotland, the Midlands and the South West and Northern Railways also use this line.
Durham is just over 3 hours from Birmingham, 2½ hours from Manchester, 1½ hours from Edinburgh and 45 minutes from York.
The number 40b Cathedral bus service runs Monday to Friday during morning and afternoon rush hours, to provide a service to Upper Mountjoy (Science Site). Access to the Hill Colleges is possible using this service by alighting at the New Inn stop (along Church Street) and taking a short walk up the hill. This service runs from Durham Railway Station via the Bus Station, along New Elvet on to Stockton Road and onto Upper Mountjoy (Science Site) and return. There will be other stops along the route and these are listed, along with the full timetable, on the Green Travel website.
A taxi will take you from the station to any College within 5 minutes and you can walk to the city centre in 10 minutes.
Durham City Centre is only two miles from the A1(M). Leave the motorway at Junction 62 on the A690 Durham - Sunderland Road and follow signs to Durham City Centre.
Durham is 264 miles from London, 187 miles from Birmingham, 125 miles from Edinburgh and 67 miles from York.
There are several express coach services daily from most major cities. Durham is well served by both regional express services and the local bus network. From Durham City Bus Station - a short walk from the Railway Station - a bus service runs every 15 minutes past the Colleges on South Road.
Durham is 30 minutes' drive from Newcastle Airport and about 40 minutes from Durham Tees Valley. Both have regular domestic and international flights. Durham is linked to Newcastle Airport by rail and metro. Travellers into Durham Tees Valley can take the Arriva 12 bus service that links the airport to Darlington Railway Station, with regular connections to Durham.
Scheduled ferry services link the River Tyne to The Netherlands
Accommodation in Durham
In addition to the options below, there are many smaller hotels and B&Bs in and around the city. Please see the search facility provided by Durham's Tourist Information service
Please find the confirmed schedule below:
Day 1 | Monday 13 June 2022 – Hotel Indigo, Durham
10:00 – 11:00 Registration, Tea and Coffee upon arrival
11:00 – 11:15 Welcome and Introductory Remarks
11:15 – 12:45 Museums, Critical Theory and Activism Panel Session
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 15:00 Keynote Address, Dr Domenico Sergi, Senior Curator, Museum of London
15:00 – 15:30 Tea and Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:00 Walk to Oriental Museum, Durham University
16:00 – 17:30 Workshop at the Oriental Museum
17:30 – 18:00 Walk to Dinner Venue
18:00 – 20:00 Dinner at Turkish Kitchen, Durham
Day 2 | Tuesday 14 June 2022 – Bishop Auckland
10:00 – 11:00 Travel to Bishop Auckland
11:00 – 12:30 Post-war Politics of Visual Cultures Panel Session, Spanish Gallery, Bishop Auckland
12:30 – 13:30 Free time for lunch in Bishop Auckland
13:30 – 14:30 Visit to the Mining Art Gallery, Bishop Auckland
14:30 – 15:30 Tour of the Spanish Gallery
15:30 - 16:30 Power and the Sacred in Early Modern Visual Culture Gallery Discussion
16:30 – 17:00 Free time in Bishop Auckland
17:00 – 18:00 Return to Durham
Day 3 | Wednesday 15 June 2022 – Hotel Indigo, Durham
10:00 – 10:45 Film-making Panel Session
10:45 – 11:00 Tea and Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45 Film Workshop with Alan Fentiman, Film-maker in Residence, Durham University
11:45 – 12:00 Tea and Coffee Break
12:00 – 13:00 Imagining the Mediterranean Panel Session
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Communities and Curation Panel Session
15:30 – 16:00 Tea and Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30 Careers in Academia and the Arts
Dr Zoë Roth, School of Modern Languages and Cultures Durham University
Dr Kaja Marcezwska, Head of Collections Research, The National Archives
17:30 – 17:35 Concluding Remarks and Close by Rhodri Sheldrake Davies & Irini Picolou