Arts Week at Birkbeck

Arts Week at Birkbeck will have a wide range of events, including lectures, readings, concerts, film screenings, performances, walks, workshops, panel discussions and exhibitions. These events are open to everyone – and free to attend.  During arts week several of our members here at the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies will be involved in some of the events going on.

Tuesday 21 May 2019 12.00-7.00pm
Victorian Dolls and Fashion: Exhibition and Workshop
Room 122, Birkbeck, School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD

This exhibition gives you the opportunity to get hands on with nineteenth-century dress. Feel free to handle, undress and examine the dolls dressed in clothing from throughout the century. Costume maker Claudia Vogt, who is also doing an MA in Victorian Studies at Birkbeck College, will be there for the duration of the event demonstrating historical garment making techniques, and there will even be the opportunity for you to have a go yourself. This exhibition aims to highlight the painstaking skill and slow process of the nineteenth century dressmaker.

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Wednesday 22 May 2019 7.40-9.30pm
The Ballet of the Nations
Birkbeck Cinema, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD

Film and panel discussion

This event shows a striking and beautiful new film made by Impermanence Dance Theatre. It takes its title and inspiration from The Ballet of the Nations (1915), a pacifist allegory by Vernon Lee (Violet Paget, 1856-1935), published with a ‘Pictorial Commentary’ by Maxwell Armfield. It evokes the political and theatrical culture of the early twentieth century while raising still current and urgent questions about nationalism, war and the power of art.  

The film showing will be followed by a panel discussion and audience questions. Panel members will include:

Dr Grace Brockington (University of Bristol); Roseanna Anderson and Josh Ben-Tovim (Directors); Robert Bentall (Composer). Chaired by Dr Carolyn Burdett (BBK).

Please join us for this exciting event:

Friday 24 May 2019 6-7.20pm
Notable absences: the marginalisation of nineteenth-century women in the digital world  
Keynes library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD

Digital representations of the nineteenth century tend to marginalise women. Seeking to improve this imbalance are our speakers: Christine Yao (UCL) on women of colour and Helen Rogers (LJMU) on working-class women, introduced by Flore Janssen and Alexis Wolf of Editing the Long Nineteenth Century: Recovering Women in the Digital Age, a series of Wikipedia edit-a-thons based at Birkbeck.

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