After three consecutive years of the Outset / RCA Acquisitions Fund, Outset is delighted to engage in a new project with the Royal College of Art, the RCA / Outset Visual Cultures Lecture Series.
Founded in 1837, the RCA is the world’s oldest art & design university in continuous operation and is unique in being the world’s only wholly postgraduate art & design university. It has 900 students studying at Master’s level and 100 M.Phil and Ph.D students.
With the advent of a 225 seat lecture theatre in the Dyson Building in 2012, the RCA is now launching an ambitious lecture programme in visual cultures to stimulate and encourage debates, ranging from the built environment to contemporary fine art practice.
The newly appointed Dean of Fine Art, Professor Ute Meta Bauer, an internationally acclaimed curator and educator, aims to heighten the dialogue around art and visual cultures and encourage a much greater interplay between critical theory and practice, and other RCA departments.
Bauer initiated and directed lecture series in Visual Arts and Cultures at MIT with an onsite audience of approximately 2,000 annually. The Visual Cultures Lectures Series is also an attempt to open the ongoing activities and debates in Fine Art at the RCA to the wider community in London. While the programmes of the School of Fine Art will focus more on the fine arts, its lecture series will embrace the role of art in society, humanities, urbanism, the environment, as well as social science as they pertain to visual culture.
This unique moment in the College’s history presents an extraordinary opportunity to create a new platform for discourse, both live and broadcast. It is the RCA’s ambition that the new lecture programmein Visual Cultures will acquire significant critical attention and become over time an invaluable archive of thought and debate.
The inaugural lecture was given by Yinka Shonibare MBE on 23rd October. Further lectures are held by guest speakers Lucy Orta (27th November 2012), Willie Doherty (4th December 2012), Elmgreen & Dragset (15th January 2013), Sissel Tolaas (19th February 2013) and Tomas Saraceno (12th March 2013).