Manchester Art Gallery

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 set up 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.

Talk dates

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 by: James Northcote  at Manchester Art Gallery

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

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