ArtSense Workshop : The Arts and Imagination

Myths, metaphors and tropes: the narratives which guide studio practice 

Monday July 3rd, 2.00 – 5.00pm at the Art Gallery of South Australia Auditorium


This is a free, public outreach session of the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) Conference 2017, and is one component of a workshop on The Arts and Imagination which is being run by the ARC-funded ArtSense project as a stream within the AAP conference.

This is a joint session between ArtSense and the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, and is sponsored by the American Society of Aesthetics and the Art Gallery of SA.

The session is to be chaired by Professor Jenny McMahon (Philosophy, Adelaide).

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Speakers …

1. Michael Newall is a philosopher who is currently Director of Learning & Teaching for the School of Arts, and Director of the MA in Philosophy of Art & Aesthetics at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. His expertise spans art history and theory, and philosophy of art and aesthetics. In philosophy of art, he has a special concern with the philosophy and aesthetics of visual art. His interest in contemporary art and Australian art has developed in part from his earlier work as a critic and curator. Much of his current teaching and research explores the potential for productive meetings of the two disciplines of art history and philosophy of art. 


Michael will speak on the role of critique in studio practice.

2. Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro are visual artists who have received considerable recognition for their work, as evidenced by invitations to hold significant exhibitions in galleries and museums in Europe and Asia, including the Corcoran in Washington DC (2011-12); a mid-career survey of their work held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2012) and as Australia’s representative at the Venice Biennale in 2009. They are represented in Sydney by the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery and in San Francisco by the Wendi Norris Gallery. They have a show slated for the Art Gallery of SA in 2018. 

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Claire and Sean will speak on the source of their ideas.

3. Professor Jennifer Rutherford is the Director of the John M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide. She has published extensively on the role of metaphors, tropes and images in literature and the popular imagination, and is the author of Zombies (London, Routledge, 2013). 


Jennifer will speak on metaphor, specifically on the way metaphors are adopted from literature and come to dominate the concepts by which we understand experience.

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