Stephen Sutcliffe in the Herbert Read Archive, 27 June 2018


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Through video and conversation, artist Stephen Sutcliffe presents some of his ongoing research into the Herbert Read Archive at the University of Leeds.

Including examples of his past work, and a new video made with his father retracing his bread delivery round across North Leeds in the 1970s, the event will touch on ideas of cultural confidence, class and conformity. Sutcliffe will contrast his own family background in West Yorkshire with moments chronicled in the Read archive, such as the appointment of Michael Kustow as Director of the ICA in the mid-1960s. Collections Engagement Librarian Richard High will also give a brief introduction to the Herbert Read Archive an its acquisition.

Sutcliffe makes videos, installations and wall-based works that grapple with the representation of culture, identity and class in Britain over the last century – particularly in literature, theatre, film and broadcast media.

Born into a farming family in North Yorkshire, Sir Herbert Read was an English art historian, poet, literary critic and philosopher, known for setting new standards in British art criticism. Read co-founded the ICA in London and was a member of the Advisory Committee for The Gregory Fellowships in the Creative Arts at Leeds University in the 1950s.

6–7.30pm
Workshop Theatre
Cavendish Road
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT

Free
Book via eventbrite

Presented by Pavilion in collaboration with Leeds University Library Galleries.

Image: Herbert Read Archive, Special Collections at University of Leeds.