Crossing Borders Conference – November 5 2016

Crossing Borders: a conference on art and literature to accompany:

Four Painters in Raymond Williams’ Border Country

at MOMA Machynlleth

Saturday 5 November 2016

This one-day conference considers depictions by artists and writers of everyday life and the borders between people, whether national, local, social or generational. It accompanies the exhibition Four Painters in Raymond Williams’ Border Country, which features contemporaries of Williams working in South Wales from the 1930s to the 1950s: Joan Baker, Charles Burton, John Elwyn and Bert Isaac. The speakers include academics, curators, artists, and writers. £15 (£10 unwaged) includes tea and coffee

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10am     Coffee

10.15      Welcome and introduction

Morning Session : Art and Literature in the 1930s to 1950s

10.30       Dr Peter Wakelin, exhibition curator, Four realist painters in South Wales: Baker, Burton, Elwyn, Isaac

11.00      Professor Daniel G. Williams, Swansea University, Raymond Williams and the Image

11.30       Peter Lord, independent scholar, Related Landscapes: some lines of communication in Welsh painting from the ‘30s to the ‘50s

12.00      Dan Gerke, Swansea University, Raymond Williams on Realism

12.20      Break to visit the exhibition

Afternoon Session : Borders and Crossings in Art and Literature

13:30       Dr Mary-Ann Constantine, Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies, ‘Boundaries, drawn by the eye’: Crossing borders in Romantic-era Wales

14:00      Clare Davies, Swansea University, T. S. Eliot, Raymond Williams and Satellite Cultures

14:20       Dr Luke Thurston, Aberystwyth University, Unhomely Borders

14.50      Tea

15:15       Discussion with contemporary writers and artists: John Barnie, Jon Gower, and Marged Pendrell chaired by Mary-Ann Constantine

16.15       End