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Talks in Contemporary Art & Lecture Lists

The Programme for Talks in Contemporary Art and the Lecture Lists for Hilary Term 2024 are now available. Talks in Contemporary Art are free and open to the public - please see details below on how to book a ticket. Curriculum lectures held in the Examinations School are open to members of the University but those held on Ruskin School of Art premises are generally closed, except to Ruskin students and appointed students.  

Hilary Term 2024

Talks in Contemporary Art

Convenors: Eve Ess and Sarah Jones

In the academic year 2023-24, the Ruskin will be hosting a series of talks by leading practitioners in international contemporary art (artists, writers, curators and others), which will be open to the University community and the public.  These talks will be held at the School's East Oxford building in Bullingdon Road, usually at 5pm on alternate Thursdays (even weeks) through the term.  Details of the full programme will be updated below.

Free and open to all Oxford University members and the public. Tickets become available 10 days before each event, please book at the link on Eventbrite: 

Ruskin students and staff are not required to book tickets to attend the talks.

  • Project Space, Ruskin School of Art, 128 Bullingdon Road, OX4 1QP.
  • 5pm
  • HILARY TERM 2024
  • Week 2, Thursday 25th January: Adam Farah-Saad
  • Week 4, Thursday 8th February: Dani Admiss CANCELLED
  • Week 6, Thursday 22nd February: Bhanu Kapil
  • Week 8, Thursday 7th March: Screenings of work by Larisssa Sansour, Rosalind Nashashibi and followed by questions and discussion.

Lecture Lists

Teaching begin on the first possible day after the beginning of Full Term unless otherwise stated.

Non-members of the University may not attend university lectures (unless they are announced as open to the general public) without payment of a fee, otherwise than by personal invitation of the lecturer concerned. Persons who are neither reading for a qualification of this University nor otherwise exempt, and who wish to attend lectures in any term, should apply to the Buildings and Events Manager, Examination Schools, for details of fees. At least three working days’ notice is required before a lecture permit can be issued, to allow liaison with the department or faculty concerned. Senior visiting scholars from other universities who wish to attend lectures, seminars, or classes should normally apply to the lecturer concerned directly, and not to the Buildings and Events Manager.


History and Theory of Contemporary Visual Culture

Convenor: Professor Jason Gaiger

Lectures held in the Examination Schools are open to any member of the University of Oxford. Those lectures and seminars etc held at the Ruskin School of Art are open only to Ruskin students, except by arrangement in advance. Please apply.


Examination schools:

Final Honours School (BFA2) - Wednesdays

'Writing as Making'
Dr Giulia Smith

  • 11am, Examination Schools
  • Week 1: 'Performative Writing'
  • Week 2: 'Narrating the Self'
  • Week 3: 'Parafiction'
  • Week 4: 'Critical Fabulation'
  • Week 5: 'Speculation'
  • Week 6: 'Post-truth'


Prelims (BFA1) - Mondays

'Art and Space Since the 1960s'
Dr Bill Roberts

  • 11am, Examination Schools
  • Week 1: 'Minimalism and the Post-Industrial City in the 1960s'
  • Week 2: 'Escaping the City: Land Art from the 1960s to Today'

'Contemporary Art and the Monument - (Re)Constructing History'
Dr Rachel Wells

  • 11am, Examination Schools
  • Week 5:‘The Artist as Historian: Memory, History and the Monument'
  • Week 7: ‘Potential History: The Monument Through a Lens'

last edited: February 20th 2024