Manchester Art Gallery

Sonia Boyce RA: Objects of Obsession

Royal Academician Sonia Boyce reflects on the art that has inspired her work.

Manchester Art Gallery
Thursday 8 March 2018, 6.30pm–7.30pm

Online live-stream via Facebook and Youtube

Objects of Obsession: A new digital series in partnership with the Royal Academy and The Space

As part of the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary celebrations, three Royal Academicians took part in a new series of digital talks about their chosen Object of Obsession: a work of art by another artist that means something special to them.

Each revelatory encounter was hosted by the gallery or museum that houses the piece, and was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube to art fans across the globe.

At Manchester Art Gallery, Tim Marlow and Sonia Boyce RA explored what a portrait of Ira Aldridge, the celebrated 19th-century black actor, means to Sonia.

The Royal Academy, an international institution that has pioneered/embraced the opportunities that digital technology has brought; both in its relationship with global audiences and in the potential for collaborations with other institutions.

Objects of Obsession is brought to you in partnership with The Royal Academy of Arts and The Space.

Cornelia Parker: Objects of Obsession

Friday 16th February
Cornelia Parker on Sketch of an Idea for Crazy Jane (1855) by Richard Dadd at Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Sonia Boyce: Objects of Obsession

Thursday 8th March
Sonia Boyce on Othello, the Moor of Venice by: James Northcote at Manchester Art Gallery

Bob and Roberta Smith: Objects of Obsession

Wednesday 21st March
Bob and Roberta Smith at New Art Gallery Walsall

 


Bob and Roberta Smith

As part of the Royal Academy’s Objects Of Obsession series, Bob and Roberta Smith visited The New Art Gallery Walsall where he spoke to Tim Marlow and explored the reasons why the First Portrait of Esther by Sir Jacob Epstein holds a personal meaning and relevance to his artistic process.

The full interview will be live streamed on the gallery’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/newartgallerywalsall
 

 


Sonia Boyce

On Thursday 8 March we live streamed the conversation between artistic director of the Royal Academy, Tim Marlow and Sonia Boyce RA. They started by exploring what a portrait of Ira Aldridge, the celebrated 19th-century black actor, means to Sonia and its relevance to her artistic process. The portrait is currently on display in Gallery 5.
 

 


Cornelia Parker in conversation with Tim Marlow

Cornelia Parker visited Bethlem Museum of the Mind to talk about why Sketch of an Idea for Crazy Jane by Richard Dadd holds personal meaning and relevance to her own artistic process. Cornelia was in discussion with broadcaster and Royal Academy of Arts artistic director Tim Marlow as part of the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary celebrations.
 

 


 
Objects of Obsession