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Northern Peripheries

  • The Pier Arts Centre 28-36 Victoria Street Stromness Orkney (map)


This coming week the Pier Arts Centre will host a two day event organised by the Northern Peripheries Research network.

The Transcultural and Transnational Northern Peripheries workshop will take place at the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness Orkney from the 7th to 9th October and will include a number of events open to the public.

The Northern Peripheries network brings together a group of visual artists and scholars from discrete arts disciplines (fine art and photography, art history and film studies) as well as from the humanities and social sciences (anthropology, archaeology, human and cultural geography) in order to explore historical, present and future representations and practices in relation to a series of locations – primarily edges, borders and island locations in the UK ‘north’.

Carol Dunbar, Pier Arts Centre Education Officer, said ‘We are delighted to be hosting this event. It continues and develops the strong links that the gallery has established with Academic institutions across the UK.’

Ysanne Holt is a Reader in Art History at the University of Northumbria and editor of the journal Visual Culture in Britain said ‘We’re looking forward to timely conversations about past and present cultural practices and how these relate to experience of place, identity and the ethics of sustainability.’

The Keynote speaker at the event will be Dr Tim Edensor from Manchester Metropolitan University, whose areas of interest include theories of identity and space, leisure and tourist practices.  His talk is entitled, ‘Apprehending everyday Northern Space: The rhythms of coastal peripheries’.

The workshop will also include a variety of other presentations from local and visiting speakers including writer and PHD student Alistair Peebles and archeologist and researcher Antonia Thomas amongst others.

Carol Dunbar continued ‘The themes and topics for discussion during the workshop  are very pertinent to areas of research currently being undertaken locally, including activity by the Centre’s Piergroup, whose exhibition, A Good Prospect, surveying changes within the local landscape, will act as a topical backdrop to the Northern Peripheries workshop’.