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Great Minds: Rebecca Salter - Look Closer

Exploring the embodied language of abstract painting

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We're delighted to announce the next event in our Great Minds series with Rebecca Salter, artist and President of the Royal Academy of Arts and NTU’s Rev Dr Richard Davey (Senior Research Fellow in the Nottingham School of Art & Design, and Co-ordinating Chaplain), exploring how looking closer engages the senses.

  • From: Monday 17 October 2022, 6 pm
  • To: Monday 17 October 2022, 7.30 pm
  • Location: Metronome, Marco Island, Huntingdon St, Nottingham, NG1 1AP
  • Booking deadline: Monday 17 October 2022, 12.00 pm
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Rebecca Salter - Look Closer

At a time when there is a revival of narrative painting, Salter resolutely makes paintings that could be considered abstract. This conversation explores the embodied language of abstract painting: how the act of looking engages all the senses and demands a similar response to that of the distinctive aesthetics Salter discovered and embraced when living and working in Japan.

It focuses on the importance of peripheral vision, learning to notice the edges of things and the role of looking slowly to become aware of subtle shifts and tiny details. The conversation also highlights the importance of hearing those voices, whether abstract, female or diverse that have been overlooked and advocates for the importance of art education as an intrinsic way of learning.

About Rebecca

Rebecca Salter is first female President of the Royal Academy of Arts in London since the Academy was founded in 1768.

She studied at Bristol Polytechnic and then at Kyoto City University of the Arts in Japan, where she lived for six years. While living in Kyoto, Salter studied traditional Japanese woodblock printing and has since written two books on the subject. Her interest in printmaking is combined with her main practice in painting.

Salter had a major retrospective into the light of things at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut in 2011. She has also been artist in residence twice (2003 and 2011) at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Connecticut. In addition, she has undertaken several architectural commissions including 15 Sackville Street, London W1, and St George’s Hospital in Tooting. She has work in many private and public collections including Tate, British Museum, Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery.

Salter was elected as a Royal Academician in December 2014 and, in June 2017, was elected as the Keeper of the Royal Academy. On 10th December 2019 she was elected the 27th President of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Great minds don’t think alike. They innovate and advocate, they disrupt and inspire, and they do it all on their own terms. They’re the visionaries and the pioneers — the boldest, the bravest, and the brightest.

The Great Minds series is designed to entertain, inspire, and stir imaginations. Featuring distinguished thinkers, leaders, and innovators from every discipline and culture, Great Minds is a series for curious souls in search of a deeper understanding of the world.

Great Minds is brought to you by Nottingham Trent University’s arts programme, Curated & Created.

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Marco Island
Huntingdon St

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