Public Symposium – APT Gallery Deptford

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Public Symposium ~ 14th April 2016 ~ APT Gallery Deptford ~ 6pm-8pm

An exhibition on the effects of wellbeing on contemporary visual arts practice, curated by Angus Pryor

This interdisciplinary symposium will explore and discuss some of the issues and themes suggested by the exhibition, including the iconography and content of specific works on display. There will be an open Q&A session with participation warmly invited from the audience and members of the general public. All very welcome.

Symposium Panel Contributors:

Professor Janet Sayers – (Keynote speaker) is Emeritus Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology at the University of Kent at Canterbury where she works as a Clinical Psychologist for the NHS. Her books include Freud’s Art (Routledge 2007) and Art, Psychoanalysis, and Adrian Stokes: A Biography (Karnac 2015).

Angus Pryor – BA Hons MA (Panel Chair) is Reader in Fine Art and Head of the School of Art & Design, University of Gloucestershire. Angus completed his Art & Design Foundation at Wimbledon School of Art, his BA Hons. at Bath College and his MA at what was then the Kent Institute of Art & Design. Angus was previously Director of Fine Art at the University of Kent before moving to his present position in 2013.

Tony Gammidge is an Artist, Filmmaker, Art Therapist, Lecturer at Brighton University and Arts in Health practitioner. Tony has worked principally in psychiatric and forensic settings. Since 2008 he has been running video and animation projects in secure units, prisons and in psychiatric treatment centres. In this work he collaborates with service users to make short animation films which aim to give participants a voice and a chance to tell their own story in their own way. Over 25 films have been made as part of these projects many of which have won Koestler awards – www.tonygammidge.com

Dr Grant Pooke is a Senior Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Kent. Grant has teaching interests which span contemporary art, Cold War visual cultures and approaches to the teaching of art history. His publications include Art History: The Basics (co-author, Routledge 2008), Contemporary British Art: An Introduction (Routledge, 2011) and Narratives for Indian Modernity: The Aesthetic of B.M. Anand (co-author, Harper Collins, 2016).