Lecture: Flesh

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15 May 2014, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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Catherine Bailey
by David Bailey, 1989
© David Bailey

Writer and art historian Simon Watney and novelist Salley Vickers discuss David Bailey’s portraits of women, wives and lovers in the context of photography and painting.

Simon Watney is  an art historian, writer, and campaigner. He was senior lecturer in the history and theory of photography at the Polytechnic of Central London from 1976-1986, leaving the academic world to concentrate on practical efforts in fighting AIDS. Amongst other roles, he chaired the Policy Group and the Health Education Group of the Terrence Higgins Trust, and was a founder-Trustee of The National AIDS Manual and of Gay Men Fighting AIDS. Simon is a member of the advisory committee of The Burlington Magazine and a trustee of The Charleston Trust.  He has published widely in photographic, art and cultural theory, and in recent years  has been much involved with the history, care and conservation of church monuments. His most recent book is 20 Sussex Churches (Lewes, 2007).

Salley Vickers' first novel, Miss Garnet’s Angel (2000), became an international word-of-mouth bestseller and a favourite among book clubs and reading groups. She has also written Instances of the Number 3 (2001), Mr Golightly's Holiday (2003), Sweet and Comfortable Words (2005), The Other Side of You (2006), Dancing Backwards (2009), the novella The Vacation (2012) and The Cleaner of Chartres (2012). A trained psychoanalyst, she  has worked, variously, as a cleaner, a dancer, an artist’s model, a teacher of children with special needs, and a university teacher of literature. She now writes full time and lectures widely on many subjects, particularly the connections between, art, literature, psychology and religion.

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