Cover from the exhibition ‘Dada 1916-1966’, held at the Walker Art Gallery in 1968
It’s always exciting when you get new neighbours, and around a five minute walk from the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool’s newest cultural quarter is stirring! The soon-to-be-launched ‘Fabric District’ is located between London Road and Islington. At its heart is a fabulous new space called The Tapestry http://thetapestry.co.uk/
Later this month a series of exhibitions will launch at The Tapestry Gallery, and we are thrilled to be hosting an afternoon of related talks next week in the Walker Art Gallery’s Rex Makin Lecture Theatre. The free talks, which will take place on the afternoon of Friday 11 May, have been organised by the legendary Professor John Hyatt, Associate Dean for Scholarship, Research and Knowledge Transfer at Liverpool John Moores University. The talks are part of ‘Time Tunnel’, a free festival of world-first international exhibitions and events that John has curated.
The talks will bring together Professor Colin Fallows (ART LABS, School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University) in conversation with John McCready about McCready's collection of Situationist material. The professional photographer John Walmsley will talk about his professional life. And in a UK-first, John J Heartfield will be speaking about the major influences that affected the art of his grandfather, the German Dada artist John Heartfield, covering his personal philosophy and the importance of political art today. Heartfield has an historic connection with the Walker Art Gallery – his work was included in a 1968 exhibition at the Gallery called ‘Dada 1916-66’. Dada-ism was a precursor of Surrealism that came out of the shocked response to the Great War. Deliberately anti-art, Dada set out to make no sense, and cause outrage.
Professor John Hyatt with a poster of John Heartfield from the LJMU Library Archive
We asked John Hyatt to tell us about the importance of Heartfield’s work: “As the world reels under the deluge of fake news and as software is being developed to fake videos and insert new faces into situations where they never were, it is more than ever important to look back at the work of John Heartfield. He invented photomontage, alongside experiments by other artists such as Alexander Rodchenko, and developed a new use of recombined photographs to make a political point. Yet, he was always in the pursuit of Truth not obfuscation, attempting to reveal what politicians would prefer to hide.”
Details of the afternoon’s programme of free talks can be found here http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/events/displayevent.aspx?EventId=36535
You can find out more about Time Tunnel here http://timetunnel.johnhyatt.co.uk/exhibits/
We look forward to seeing you for what promises to be a fascinating, powerful and thought-provoking afternoon of speakers.