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 and Facebook event
As part of their 250th anniversary celebrations, three Royal Academicians will take 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 will be hosted by the gallery or museum which houses the piece, and streamed live on their Facebook and YouTube page to art fans across the globe.
Sonia Boyce explores what a portrait of Ira Aldridge, the celebrated nineteenth-century black actor, currently on display in Gallery 5, means to her, as well as its relevance to her artistic process in conversation with broadcaster and RA artistic director Tim Marlow.
Objects of Obsession: A new digital series in partnership with the Royal Academy and The Space
We are excited to announce our new digital video series in partnership with the Royal Academy and The Space featuring leading British artists and their Object of Obsession: a work of art by another artist that has great meaning to them.
As part of the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary celebrations, three Royal Academicians will take part in a series of talks with broadcaster and RA artistic director Tim Marlow about their chosen Object of Obsession. The work may be one that has transformed or transfixed them, provoked an emotional response, inspired them, or perhaps changed their work.
Each talk will be hosted by the gallery or museum which houses the piece, and we are delighted that artist Sonia Boyce has chosen Othello, the Moor of Venice Created by: James Northcote from the Manchester Art Gallery collection.
Sonia will visit the gallery on Thursday 8th March to explore the reasons why Ira Aldridge’s portrait holds a personal meaning and relevance to her artistic process with broadcaster and RA artistic director Tim Marlow.
The revelatory encounter will be filmed and streamed live across our Facebook and YouTube page to art fans across the globe on the dates below. We will also stream the other talks from the series.
The series of talks aims to set up new and lasting collaborations between regional galleries to build their digital presence. The series aims to seed a new distribution network of shared digital content and shared effort between arts organisations to attract new online audiences.
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.
Friday 16th February
Cornelia Parker on Sketch of an Idea for Crazy Jane (1855) by Richard Dadd at Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Thursday 8th March
Sonia Boyce on Othello, the Moor of Venice (1823) by James Northcote, at Manchester Art Gallery
James Northcote Othello, the Moor of Venice, 1823
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