Monthly Archives: November 2014

Upcoming Studio talk on Narrative, Art and Democracy

As part of the International Centre for Art and Narrative, York Theatre Royal and York St John University jointly curate a series of talks. For each event we bring together different voices that provide different perspectives for an engaging, stimulating and convivial evening of debate.

The next event on Monday 3rd November, 7.00pm at York Theatre Royal considers Narrative, Art and Democracy and asks Can you have democracy without art? Is there democracy within art? What democratic importance of sharing stories? What is the relationship between narrative and cultural difference?

Speakers include:

Paul Allen, broadcaster.

Damian Cruden, artistic director of York Theatre Royal

Jonothan Neelands, professor of Creative Education, University of Warwick

Zodwa Nyoni, Channel 4 writer in residence, West Yorkshire Playhouse.


This event is free, please book via the Theatre box office in advance or on the night:

Personal Archive # 1 Exhibition at York St John


Theatre Lecturers Jules Dorey Richmond & David Richmond have exhibited their work ‘Personal Archive #1’ at York St John University as part of the International ‘Cultures of Memory Symposium  II‘. (8th – 11th October) Here they talk about the reasons behind opening up their personal archive:

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We have often claimed that our work occupies the space that lies in the void and the nexus between fine art (the object) and performance (the living body). This work-in-progress is offered as a furthering of a conversation, which began at last years Cultures of Memory Symposium and is conceived in response to a constellation of events:


In an after show discussion we were thanked for opening-up our personal archive, which immediately excited us as we had not thought about our work in this way before.

In October 2013 we journeyed to Zagreb to the Museum of Broken Relationships and wondered what a museum of unbroken relationships would look like.

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This is the first step of our collaborative practice-led PhD. We are interested in the small, everyday detritus of life and the various memories and associations that these simple objects invoke. Whilst agreeing with Kuhn when she asserts that, ‘[T]elling stories about the past, our past, is a key moment in the making of ourselves,[1] we are aware that this idea is problematised within embedded lives. Lives in which time lived together out-weighs time lived apart. Slippages and gaps of memory provoke doubt, contestation, frustration, and, an unsettling feeling of an unknowable and unstable sense of the past and the present

[1] Kuhn, A. Family Secrets: Acts of Memory and Imagination (1995) p2