University of Exeter: Artwork of Ingrid Pollard, 2022 Turner Prize nominee, explored through free online talk series


The Arts and Culture team at University of Exeter and talking on corners have joined forces with organisations across Devon to host a series of online events to explore the extensive practice of Ingrid Pollard, renowned as one of Britain’s important contemporary artists and photographers.

The talks and Q&A sessions will run each Tuesday evening for five weeks from September 20, and will feature a range of writers, scholars, artists and curators presenting on a range of Pollard’s work.

Guest speakers for the series include Ingrid Pollard herself, as well as Paul Gilroy, Divya P. Tolia-Kelly, Joy Sleeman, Ajamu X, Laura Guy and Mason Leaver-Yap.

All events are free to attend and will be chaired by project curator Ella. S. Mills, Creative Director of experimental, diy curatorial practice, talking on corners.

Ella S. Mills said: ‘I am thrilled to invite such a remarkable line up and range of speakers to unfold Pollard’s practice, expanding our understanding of her work.’

Ingrid Pollard’s work uses portrait photography and traditional landscape imagery to explore social constructs such as Britishness and racial difference. Her contributions to art during her career have broken new ground and forged pathways for younger generations, shaping Britain’s understanding and histories of art, society and culture.

The Ingrid Pollard Speaker Series is part of a wider project across Devon focused on Pollard, devised by talking on corners, and supported using public funding from Arts Council England.

As part of the wider programme, Pollard was commissioned to make a series of new work, Ingrid Pollard: Three Drops of Blood, now showing at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton until 29 Oct, which illustrates the intimacy, care, nuance and technical skill of Pollard’s extensive practice as an artist at the peak of her career.

The Ingrid Pollard in Devon Project partners include Thelma Hulbert Gallery, the Devon and Exeter Institution, where there is an accompanying display of Pollard’s work, Libraries Unlimited, Arts and Culture University of Exeter and Natural England. They have developed an incredibly varied associated programme of events.

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