The Merz Barn project at the Royal Academy
Wednesday 30th March. 11am to 8.30pm
11am - 1.00pm The Merz Barn in context exhibition: the history and background to Kurt Schwitters’ Merz Barn project in Cumbria; displays by other leading Cumbrian arts, heritage and cultural organisations.
1.00pm Official opening and VIP reception: Tim Farron MP (MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Chairman of the Liberal Democrat Party/Coalition Government) and Charles Saumarez Smith, CEO Royal Academy.
Tim Farron MP wil then introduce His excellency Derek Leask New Zealand High Commissioner in London and Rosanna Raymond artist/curator LITTORAL Trustee. The artists' representative from Cumbria and NW England wil then present the cheque to His Excellency the High Commission for New Zealand as gesture of solidarity and in support for the artists and arts community in Christchurch who have suffered as a result of the recent earthquake in New Zealand.
1.15pm The Langdale Valley 'Merz Barn - Driftwood' Song, by Langdale Primary School, ChapelStile, Langdale
2.30pm The Merz Barn effect: capitalising on the extraordinary public response to the Merz Barn art project at the Royal Academy.
Keith Wilson - RCA co-curator of Schwitters' Merz Barn and RA Modern British Sculpture show
Ian Hunter - Director of the LITTORAL Trust The future plans for of the Merz Barn project 2011 - 1015
Andrew Shepherd - Architectural Association Architectural Heritage Restoration Dept.; the restoration of the Merz Barn in Cumbria
4.00pm The future of the Merz Barn and the Lakes Cultural Heritage; promoting future projects about Kurt Schwitters; connecting with Cumbria’s other rich artistic, museum, and cultural heritage assets. Opportunities for London and SE region artists in at the Merz barn Cumbria; commissions and artist residentials at the Merz Barn; Cumbrian Cultural Embassy in London. Seminar and roundtable. Presenters Bill Llloyd - Irene Faith
"Off the Wall" a new documentary film about the Merz Barn produced by Celtic Storm Films Carlisle
7.30pm The legacy of Kurt Schwitters in England; A Kurt Schwitters Museum in Cumbria?
Bill Feaver Keynote public lecture and presentation by the Times's leading art critic. What is to be the cultural heritage and creative legacy of Kurt Schwitters in England? Panel/respondents: Mel Gooding (curator/art writer) and Nicholas Wadley (artist/art historian). Rosanna Raymond artist/curator LITTORAL Trustee. Chair: Iwona Blaswick (Director, Whitechapel Art Gallery)
NB Please contact Littoral to reserve a place at the 7.30pm evening lecture and seminar with Bill Feaver
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