Image credit: Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore, Father-land, 2018. Film Still.

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  • Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

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When stepping out of our comfort zones, creative and critical ‘outside the box’ thinking can thrive with a freedom seldom found in the everyday university context.

Contemporary Cyprus is the mutual backdrop for a diverse range of artistic responses; a land where the legacies of British colonisation are evident alongside Oriental and Hellenic culture, and a land divided between Mediterranean Europe and the Middle East, with Europe’s only United Nations buffer zone running through its capital city, Nicosia.

A number of artists from the University of Plymouth have undertaken artist residencies at Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre (NiMAC) over the course of five years, investigating and questioning histories and narratives located beyond that which is immediately visible.

Following an introduction from Liz Wells, Professor in Photographic Culture, the artists will bring their work to life in this exploration of research in response to place, the complex layers of Cypriot culture, and critically reflecting on the positives and challenges of artist residencies from their personal experiences. 

Carole Baker | Sensing the Familiar

Christopher Cook | No Man's Flowers

Stuart Moore and Kayla Parker | Father-land

Simon Standing | Transitions I - IV

Liz Wells | On Being Out of Place

The presentations will take place 14.00–15.30 in Jill Craigie Cinema. This will be followed by networking and refreshments in Roland Levinsky Building, immediately outside of the cinema, until 16.30.

This event will also showcase the ‘Layers of Visibility’ exhibition, curated by Liz Wells and Yiannis Toumazis, Director of NiMAC, that took place in October 2018 in Cyprus. The exhibition will be available for touring in the UK from Spring 2019 onwards.

Gain a new insight into Arts research and an understanding of how you can revolutionise your own research process.

Who is this event for?
This event will be of interest to researchers across disciplines who may seek new collaborations. It may also be suitable for those with an interest in Conflict Studies, post-colonial studies, or municipal re-development or place-making.

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Land/Water and the Visual Arts

As a research group it operates as a forum for interrogation of nature and culture, aesthetics and representation.

Land/Water consists of artists, writers and curators who embrace a diversity of creative and critical practices. As a research group it operates as a forum for the interrogation of nature and culture, aesthetics and representation. Questioning imagery and practices relating to land, landscape and place is central to our ethos. As artists, writers, curators we work individually exploring space and place as a point of departure for experimenting in new modes of communication through picturing. We generate work that addresses a range of issues. These include environmental change, sustainability, journey, site and regional specificity.

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