What Photography Is

November 11, 2013 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events | 0 Comments |
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The inaugural Andrew Carnegie Lecture at the University of Edinburgh, entitled "What Photography Is," will be delivered by leading art historian James Elkins on Thursday 16 January 2014. The lecture series will continue with separate events taking place at the Universities of St Andrews, Glasgow and Aberdeen later in 2014. Professor Chris Breward, Principal of Edinburgh College of Art said: “It is a privilege to host this series of events commemorating the enormous contribution Andrew Carnegie made to higher education in Scotland. By allowing the University access to key arts practitioners and researchers, the lectures will allow us to develop and enhance the research culture of Edinburgh College of Art as a whole, and contribute to a wider global arts agenda.” Tickets are free and available to book online at the website below.

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Press Release

Carnegie legacy lives on in lecture series with artistic slant

Scotland’s first Andrew Carnegie Lecture is to launch at the University of Edinburgh as part of a ten-year initiative promoting international discourse in the arts.

The inaugural lecture will be delivered by leading art historian James Elkins, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in the Playfair Library on Thursday 16 January 2014.

Professor Elkins’ lecture, entitled What Photography Is, during which he will draw from his book of the same name – focusing on photography’s limitations and agendas.

The Andrew Carnegie Lecture Series will be delivered annually over the next ten years by a leading international speaker that will help to inform and critique art and creative practice.

Funding for the lecture series was provided as part of the centennial celebrations of Carnegie Corporation of New York, created in 1911 – one of the many institutions and organisations established by the Scottish-born philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Steel magnate Carnegie donated much of the wealth he generated by to help improve society, with a particular focus on education. This also led to the foundation of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland in 1901.

Professor Chris Breward, Principal of Edinburgh College of Art said: “It is a privilege to host this series of events commemorating the enormous contribution Andrew Carnegie made to higher education in Scotland. By allowing the University access to key arts practitioners and researchers, the lectures will allow us to develop and enhance the research culture of Edinburgh College of Art as a whole, and contribute to a wider global arts agenda.”

The lecture series will continue with separate events taking place at the Universities of St Andrews, Glasgow and Aberdeen later in 2014.

As well as giving a public lecture, each speaker will take part in a number of student workshops, seminars and one-to-one meetings with staff and students.

Tickets are free and available to book online: http://jameselkinslecture.eventbrite.co.uk/

Following his visit, an interview with Professor James Elkins will be podcast and available online. A publication will also mark the visit to form a distinctive series of commemorative materials to mark the Scotland-wide endeavour.



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