Duncan Grant/Lothar Götz/Lincoln

Duncan Grant/Lothar Götz/Lincoln

21st Century Perspectives on Murals and Art for Public Spaces

18 March 2016
10:00am to 4:00pm

In 1953 Duncan Grant was commissioned to decorate Lincoln Cathedral’s Russell Chantry with a set of murals depicting St Blaise, the patron saint of wool workers. This day conference is organised alongside an exhibition at The Collection Lincoln of Grant’s preparatory drawings for the murals, highlights from the Methodist Art Collection and a true to scale re-imagining of the Chantry chapel by contemporary artist Lothar Götz.

Grant is known for his decorative and narrative schemes for civic, domestic and religious interiors, whilst Götz makes intensely coloured, geometric and architecturally related paintings, informed by the specific circumstances, inhabitants or histories of a place.

The day (hosted at The Collection, Lincoln) brings together artists, curators and historians to provide a context for Grant’s Lincoln murals and Götz’s response, looking at both their heritage and their significance today. The conference will also explore more widely the commissioning and role of contemporary art in public spaces, whether sacred or secular.



10.00 Coffee and registration

10.30 Welcome Conference Chair, Professor Ann Sumner, University of Leeds & Ashley Gallant, The Collection

10.35 Linda Tilbury, formerly Visitor Officer at Lincoln Cathedral: an introduction to the Duncan Grant murals and their history

10. 55 Dr. Jim Cheshire, Reader in Cultural History, University of Lincoln: ‘A Historical Perspective on New Art in Ancient Churches’

11.15 Lothar Götz, Artist: re-imagining of the Russell Chantry and other works

11.45 Simon Martin, Artistic Director Pallant House, Chichester: ‘Patron of Art: How Walter Hussey Brought Modern Art into Churches including work by Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and John Piper’

12.15 Lunch and visit to Lincoln Cathedral

2.00 Tamsin Dillon, Curator 14-18 NOW, WWI Centenary Art Commissions & Kings Cross Art Programme: a contemporary perspective

2.30 Breakouts

3.30 Plenary

4.00 Close


Professor Ann Sumner, Conference Chair. Ann Sumner is currently leading the Public Art Project at the University of Leeds. She was formerly director of the Birmingham Museums Trust, The Barbour Institute, University of Birmingham and Head of Fine Art at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. Most recently she was Executive Director of the Brontë Society. She is a Trustee of the Methodist Art Collection.

Ashley Gallant leads on the contemporary art programme at The Collection and Usher Gallery and is the project curator of The Russell Chantry: Lothar Götz / Duncan Grant exhibition.

Linda Tilbury is former Visitor Officer for Lincoln Cathedral. Linda has lectured widely on the Grant murals and been driving force behind various projects and publications on the Russell Chantry Murals, including their restoration. She is author of Duncan Grant Studies for the Lincoln Cathedral Decorations, Bloomsbury Workshop, 2012.

Dr Jim Cheshire is reader in cultural history at the University of Lincoln. His research examines the literary and visual culture of the nineteenth century and thematically is centred on Victorian medievalism. He has recently been working on the relationship between the literary and material culture surrounding the career of Alfred Tennyson and co-authored Stained Glass of Lincoln Cathedral (Scala 2012).

Lothar Götz has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, including recent solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Memmingen, Germany and the Contemporary Art Society, London. In 2010 he contributed a major work to an international showcase exhibition on wall painting at the Miró Foundation in Barcelona. Public commissions include Piccadilly Circus underground station in 2007; a collaboration with Caruso St John Architects at the Arts Council England offices in 2008 and a commission at Haymarket Metro Station, Newcastle in 2009. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Sunderland. Götz is represented by Domobaal, London & Petra Rincke Gallery, Dusseldorf. He has a solo show at Pallant House, Chichester in 2016.

Simon Martin is Artistic Director, Pallant House, Chichester. Simon is an art historian, curator and writer specialising in Modern British Art. He is a Trustee of the Charleston Trust and a member of the Fabric Advisory Committee of Chichester Cathedral and the Churches Conservation Trust Arts Advisory Panel.

Tamsin Dillon is a curator. Her current roles include: Curator, 1418-NOW, working on a number of ambitious large-scale public commissions for 1418-NOW, the UK-wide cultural programme marking 100 years since WW1; and, with curator Rebecca Heald, working to develop the next phase of Kings Cross Art Programme, commissioning new works for a range of sites across the Kings Cross development area She was Director of Art on the Underground from 2002-14, commissioning contemporary art for the millions of people that use London Underground every year. She is a founding member of the Board of Trustees, Turner Contemporary Gallery, Margate; a member of the Commissioning Group for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London and a member of the Arts on the Waterways Advisory Group for the Canal and River Trust in the UK.

The cost of this one day conference is £30 (£15 Concessions and CVAN, EM Members).
FREE University of Lincoln Students and Cathedral Tour Guides.

Lunch and entrance to Lincoln Cathedral is included in the ticket price.


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Monday 11th January – Friday 5th February, 2016

Curated by Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen

Open Mon –Fri, 10am – 4pm

Private view Tuesday 26 Jan 5-7pm

Public lecture by curators Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen Wednesday 27 Jan, The Collection, Lincoln, free entry.

This mobile exhibition/publication brings together posters by a range of artists which were commissioned in response to Voltaire’s Micromégas text
of 1752, a seminal work in the genre of science fiction which functions as a commentary on human foible, scientific superstitions and anti-utopias.

The large-scale posters form a component of the exhibition, and when folded, an element of the publication. The exhibition and publication investigate notions of portability, reproduction, distribution and presentation in contemporary art practice and curation with reference to Marcel Duchamp’s Boîte en Valise.

Micromegas: Powers of 10 brings together works by Pavel Büchler, Dora Garcia,Jonathan Monk, Scott Myles, Thomson & Craighead, Marco Stout, Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen, and a text by Mark Dorrian.

A second edition: Micromegas: Vagabond Flux contains digital print posters by Bik Van der Pol, Jonn Herschend, Jacques Longuecolline, Mick Peter, Laure Provost,Stefanos Pavlakis & Tobias Kauer, Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen and booklet with essay by Emma Bolland.

Curated by Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen, the project also explores issues central to their art practice; recycling, appropriation, reproduction, re- presentation and artist-led curatorial practice. Each component of the project contributes to an exploration of the innovative possibilities of visual publishing, of how and why an artist’s publication is able to exist in parallel to other structures in art discourse as a distinct yet crucial marker.