Picturing Shakespeare: Shakespeare and the Visual Imagination
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- 32 - Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory
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- M - Exhibition
- Teesside University, Middlesbrough, UK
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- Output has been delayed by COVID-19
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- Part of the Picturing Shakespeare exhibition was due to be shown in Trinity College Dublin in April 2020, to form the focus of a conference event at the university. It was also to be shown in Tokyo Keizai University in November 2020 and Tsukuba University, Japan, in December 2020. These activities were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but the intention is that they will take place once restrictions are lifted.
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- This research project juxtaposed different media in order to demonstrate movements, trends, approaches and attitudes to Shakespeare over a period of 300 years. Building upon the work of Sillars (2008, 2015, 2018) and Menges (2011) who have explored Shakespeare in painting and illustration, and Minami and Yoshihara who have explored him in comics and Manga, the research and exhibition of Picturing Shakespeare, wove together innovative approaches to produce new understandings of the visualisation of Shakespeare himself, his plays and his characters.
The Picturing Shakespeare: Shakespeare and the Visual Imagination exhibition (2019) shared project research by juxtaposing conventional imagery of the author with artefacts, from advertising to everyday objects. The centrality of the visual in creating popular perceptions of Shakespeare, and the significance of widely owned artefacts in cementing Shakespeare’s iconic status in different countries and contexts, were explored in this way. Works from Britain, Ireland, Japan, America, Germany, Russia, India and Czechoslovakia, from high art to humorous kitsch, charted the progression of specific imagery through innovative curatorial comparisons, from rare art object to widely disseminated illustrations, toys, household objects and ornaments.
The research and curation provided the focus of an international conference at Teesside University with Keynote Speaker Professor Stuart Sillars (University of Bergen), the world’s leading expert on Shakespeare in illustration, and participants from Japan, China , America, Canada, Ireland, Czechia, Poland, Norway, Philippines and the UK. It was supported by a grant from the Daiwa Foundation and by Tokyo
Kezai University. In the research and curation of the exhibition, Paterson created a globally significant addition to the field, leading directly to confirmed invitations to tour the exhibition and surrounding discourse to Ireland and Japan. Paterson and the new research group have plans in place for when Covid 19 restrictions allow travel.
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