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zoleka, Veronica and Nombulelo with Keishkamma Guernica 2017, photograph by Joe Hague

Guernica Remakings

Motivated by the experience of collectively remaking Picasso’s Guernica as a protest banner Dr Ashmore researches collaborative remakings of Guernica

Nicola Ashmore, Ganesh, Balavendra Elias, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts

Living Cultures: Collected and Exhibited

Dr Nicola Ashmore's research on commissioned interventions in museum and gallery collections.

Nicola Ashmore, Source Community Project, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts

Creative development through place-based work

Dr Nicola Ashmore is interested in the creative development of students through place-based work

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Research activity

Repository holdings

Number of items: 23.

Ashmore, Nicola (2017) Guernica Remakings Nicola Ashmore, Brighton. ISBN 9781999741907

Ashmore, Nicola (2017) Guernica Remakings [Exhibition]

Ashmore, Nicola (2017) Guernica remakings: action, collaboration and thread Textile, 15 (4). pp. 376-395. ISSN 1475-9756

Ashmore, Nicola (2016) Remaking Picasso’s Guernica a banner part 3 [Digital and visual media]

Ashmore, Nicola (2016) Remaking Picasso’s Guernica a banner part 1 [Digital and visual media]

Ashmore, Nicola (2016) Remaking Picasso’s Guernica a banner part 2 [Digital and visual media]

Ashmore, Nicola (2016) Guernica a play part 1 [Digital and visual media]

Ashmore, Nicola (2016) Guernica a play part 2 [Digital and visual media]

Ashmore, Nicola (2016) Guernica a play part 3 [Digital and visual media]

Ashmore, Nicola (2016) Keiskamma Guernica part 3 [Digital and visual media]

Ashmore, Nicola (2016) Keiskamma Guernica part 2 [Digital and visual media]

Ashmore, Nicola (2016) Keiskamma Guernica, part 1 [Digital and visual media]

Ashmore, Nicola (2016) Guernica The Nature of the Beast part 1 [Digital and visual media]

Ashmore, Nicola (2016) Guernica The Nature of the Beast part 2 [Digital and visual media]

Ashmore, Nicola (2016) Guernica The Nature of the Beast part 3 [Digital and visual media]

Rajguru, Megha and Ashmore, Nicola (2016) Indian Living Cultures: Collected, Exhibited and Performed In: Farrelly, Liz and Weddell, Jo, eds. Design objects and the museum. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781472577238

Ashmore, Nicola and Moriarty, Jessica (2016) Living Archives - supporting creative practice students learning leaps in interdisciplinary workshops C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings, 4 (1). pp. 1-18. ISSN 2045-5216

Ashmore, Nicola and Moriarty, Jessica (2015) From student to artist: supporting students' creative development through place-based work Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 8 (1). pp. 37-54. ISSN 1753-5190

Ashmore, Nicola (2015) Commissioning artists: community engagement, ethnographic collections and changes in curatorial practices from the 1990s to 2000s in the UK Museum History Journal, 8 (1). pp. 59-72. ISSN 1936-9824

Ashmore, Nicola, Purbrick, Louise and Rajguru, Megha (2014) Remaking Picasso's Guernica [Exhibition]

Ashmore, Nicola and Rajguru, Megha (2014) Remaking Picasso's Guernica as a banner In: Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth, V&A Museum, London, 29-30 November 2013.

Ashmore, Nicola (2011) Making for Museums, Commissioning Living Cultures: 'A study of the 'Hindu Shrine' project at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery  and the 'Rekindle' video series at Manchester Museum, Manchester University' Journal of Museum Ethnography, 24. pp. 89-109. ISSN 0954–7169

Ashmore, Nicola (2011) Art and identity: interpretation and ethnographic collections in regional museums, Britain, 1997-2010 Doctoral thesis, University of Brighton.

This list was generated on Fri Nov 9 17:02:23 2018 GMT.


Further research and enterprise 

Articles in books

  • Co-authored with Megha Rajguru, 'Indian Living Cultures: Collected, Exhibited and Performed,' editors Liz Farrelly and Jo Weddell, Design Objects and the Museum, London: Bloomsbury, January 2016.
  • ‘Tales of place, Tucson, Arizona (2011),’ Phil Taylor, Confluence, Fragments and Urban Ghosts, 2012.

Articles in journals

  • 'Guernica Remakings: Action, Collaboration and Thread.' TEXTILE: Cloth and Culture, 2017. 
  • Co-authored with Jess Moriarty, 'From student to artist: Supporting student's creative development through place-based work.' JWCP 8.1. Placed-based Arts, 2016.
  • Co-authored with Jess Moriarty, 'Living Archives - supporting creative practice students learning leaps in interdisciplinary workshops.' C21 Literature Journal of 21st-century Writings, 2016.
  • Commissioning Artists: Community Engagement, Ethnographic Collections, and Changes in curatorial Practices from the 1990s to 2000s in the UK.' Museum History Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1, January 2015.
  • ‘From Four Corners of the East End,’ Etapes: Design and Visual Culture, No. 29, 2013.
  • ‘Making for Museums: Commissioning Living Cultures,’ Journal of Museum Ethnography, No. 24, 2011.

Conference proceedings published

  • 'Action, Collaboration and Creation: Remakings of Picasso's Guernica as an Antidote to Complicity,' in proceedings of the 2015 Understanding Conflict: Forms and Legacies of Violence Research Cluster, Complicity Conference, 31 March - 1 April 2015, forthcoming University of Brighton. 
  • With Megha Rajguru, '‘Living Cultures: Collected, Exhibited and Performed,’ in proceedings of the 2013 Annual Design History Conference, Towards Global Histories of Design: Postcolonial Perspectives, 5-8 September 2013, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India. 

Exhibitions and performances

  • Remaking Picasso's Guernica, FiLiArt exhibition (formerly Feminism in London), Institute of Education, London, exhibition co-contributor, 14 October -15 October 2017. 
  • Guernica Remakings exhibition, University of Brighton Gallery, Brighton, 31 July - 23 August 2017.
  • Remaking Picasso's Guernica, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, Garden Gallery, exhibition co-contributor, 8 November 2014 - 15 February 2015. This display coincided with the Conscience and Conflict exhibition which tells the story of how Picasso's Guernica came to Britain in 1938. Exhibition featured on the ITV News website: www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2014-11-10/art-shows-the-human-cost-of-conflict/
  • Public Sewings of Remaking Picasso’s Guernica as a banner
  • Pallant House Gallery, 19 October 2014
  • Working with Monica ross Symposium, Grand Parade, University of Brighton, 8 March 2014
  • Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, 13 february 2014
  • Subversive Stitch Revisited: the Politics of Cloth, V&A, London, 29 November 2013
  • Revisiting the new racism, Brighthelm Centre, Brighton, 5 October 2013
  • National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, 5 September 2013
  • Brighton Friends Meeting House, Brighton, 21 July 2013
  • Jubilee Library, Brighton, 23 June 2013 and 16 June 2013
  • Meltdown Festival, Curator Yoko Ono, Southbank Centre, London, online exhibition co-contributor, 2013. The large scale textiles piece, Remaking Picasso's Guernica, responded directly to the theme 'celebrating activism' and was featured on the festival's Guardian Witness website.
  • On Completion, Curator Louise Purbrick in Pavilion Parade, University of Brighton, Brighton, exhibitor, 28 May 2013. A collection of personal objects that represents some aspect of completion encompassing: achievement, endings, new beginnings, even loss of some kind.
  • Handbag, Creator Geraldine Pilgrim, Corn Exchange, Brighton, performer, 16 February 2013.
    A dance performance involving 100 women and a handful of men. In an empty space, a caretaker sweeps away the remnants of a previous event. A young woman enters and puts down her handbag. A beat begins, a mirror ball turns and the sound of a classic dance track fills the air...
  • AVAGO, Curator Maryrose Sinn, Grand Parade, University of Brighton, Brighton, exhibitor, 30-20 June 2011.
  • Picture this: postcards and letters beyond text, exhibition, at the Sussex Creativity Zone, University of Sussex, exhibitor, 25 – 26 March 2011. This international conference exhibition showcased works by sixteen visual artists who engage with postcards, letters and epistolary collections. 
  • Indian Summer, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, exhibitor, September to December 2009. Indian Summer combined a contemporary and historical response to the spectacle of colonial India, exhibiting the Sainsbury collection of Indian miniature paintings (1525 to 1850) alongside fourteen contemporary artists’ works.
  • PhD Research Students Arts, Architecture and Historical & Critical Studies exhibition, Centre for Research and Development, University of Brighton, exhibitor, March 2008.

Radio programme 

Conferences 

  • 'Guernica Remakings Screening,' Intertextual Textiles: Parodies and Quotations in Cloth, 30 November - 2 December 2016, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg. 
  • 'Guernica Remakings Screening,' CAPPE Radical Interventions: Politics, Culture, Society, 7 - 9 September 2016, University of Brighton, Brighton.
  • 'Guernica Remakings Screening,'  Raphael Samuel History Centre, Radical Histories / Histories of Radicalism, 1-3 July 2016, Queen Mary University of London, London.
  • 'International Remakings of Picasso's Guernica: Action, Collaboration and Creation'. Design History Society, "How we live,and How we might live": Design and the Spirit of Critical Utopianism, 11-13 September 2015, California College of the Arts, San Francisco.
  • 'Action, Collaboration and Creation: Remakings of Picasso's Guernica as an Antidote to Complicity.' Understanding Conflict: Forms and Legacies of Violence Research Cluster, Complicity Conference, 31 March - 1 April 2015, University of Brighton, Brighton.
  • With Megha Rajguru, 'Remaking Picasso's Guernica as a banner. A work of art; an act of protest,' Design History Society Conference, Design for War and Peace, 4-6 September 2014, University of Oxford, Oxford.
  • With Megha Rajguru, 'Remaking Picasso's Guernica as a banner. A work of art; an act of protest.' Subversive Stitch Revisited; The Politics of Cloth, 29-30 November 2013, London. 
  • With Jess Moriarty, 'Resisting the Gove-effect: Stories from cross-disciplinary workshops.' Towards a Progressive Arts Education: Inclusion, change and intervention conference, 6–9 November 2013, British Library and the University of the Arts, London.

  • With Megha Rajguru, ‘Living Cultures: Collected, Exhibited and Performed,’ Design History Society Conference, Towards Global Histories of Design: Postcolonial Perspectives, 5-8 September 2013, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India.
  • With Megha Rajguru, ‘Living Cultures: Collected, Exhibited and Performed,’ Festival of Social Science: Space / Power / Culture, symposium, 7 June 2013, University of Brighton.
  • With Jess Moriarty, ‘Living Archive – Stories from Creative Cross Disciplinary Workshops,’ Higher Education Academy Arts and Humanities conference, Storyville: Exploring Narratives of Learning and Teaching, 29-30 May 2013, Thistle Brighton.
  • ‘Touch – Collective Conversations at Manchester Museum,’ Museum Ethnographers Group annual conference, Brave New Worlds – Transforming Museum Ethnography, 15-16 April 2013, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.
  • ‘Commissioning artists: from institutional critique to community engagement, changes in curatorial practices from the 90s to the 00s,’ Museums and Galleries Histories Group biennial conference: Cultures of Curating: Curatorial Practice and the Production of Meaning c.1650-2000, 12-13 July 2012, Lincoln University.
  • ‘Commissioning Living Cultures: the impact of cultural diversity policies on museum practices, 1997-2010,’ Otherwise Engaged: Legacies and Questions of Marginal and Mainstream Visual Arts Strategies, symposium, 3 December 2011, University of Leeds.
  • ‘The art of interpretation,’ Faculty of Arts Research Festival: Provocations II Research Festival, June 2011, University of Brighton.
  • ‘Making for Museums: Commissioning Living Cultures,’ Museum Ethnographers Group annual conference, 12-13 April 2010, Museum of English Rural Life.

Funding & awards

  • Awarded the Impact Knowledge Exchange Fund, University of Brighton, 2017-2018.
  • Awarded the Output Dissemination Fund, University of Brighton, 2017.
  • Awarded the AHRC Translating Cultures and Care for the Future Research Innovation International Development bid funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund, UK - £100,000, AHRC, 2016 - 2018 
  • Awarded Rising Stars funding of £10,000, University of Brighton, 2015
  • Centre for Research Development, Research Student Division funds, University of Brighton, 2004
  • Awarded a place on the New Moves International Winter School, a one week performance laboratory led by Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie, Tramway, Glasgow, 2004
  • Awarded a place on the Dance 4 Camera, video production course led by Miranda Pennell, South East Dance, Brighton, 2004

Invited reviewer

  • Journal of Curatorial Studies, Vol.1, Issue 3, 2013, ‘Cultures of Curating: Curatorial Practices and the Production of Meaning 1650-2000, the Museums and Galleries Histories Group annual conference, 2012.
  • Journal of Curatorial Studies, Vol.1, Issue 2, 2012, 'Exhibitionism: A symposium on queer curatorial practice'. 

Invited external lectures and talks

  • Invited to speak about the Guernica Remakings research project at Dunhurst School, 27 April 2018.
  • Invited to speak about Picasso's Guernica and remakings of Guernica by the Keiskamma Trust, Hamburg, South Africa, January 2017.
  • Invited to speak about the Remaking Picasso's Guernica project at Birkbeck College, University of London, 10 December 2015.
  • Invited to speak about Picasso's Guernica and remakings of Guernica by the Keiskamma Trust, Hamburg, South Africa, July 2015.
  • Invited to speak about the Remaking Picasso's Guernica project at the Len Crome Memorial Conference organised by the International Brigade Memorial Trust, Manchester, 7 March 2015.
  • Invited to speak about the Remaking Picasso's Guernica project at Resisting the New Racism, Brighthelm Centre, Brighton, 5 October 2013.
  • Contributed to a careers programme widening views of career choices for women, Aman Setu School, Pune, India, 19 September 2013.
  • Spoke about participating in the first Design History Society conference outside of Europe, Sandesh, Gujarati News Channel, India, 5 September 2013 (interview aired 19:00).
  • Invited to speak at the Royal School of Needlework on the Impact of Design on the World, February 2012.
  • Introduced the Picture this: postcards and letters beyond text exhibition, at the AHRC funded international conference Picture this: postcards and letters beyond text, University of Sussex, 25 March 2011.
  • Talk About the Work - Indian Summer exhibition, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, October 2009.

Invited creative and production collaborator

  • Photographer and production development with Joe Hague, for Joe Got Cancer, Venue: Sussex Cancer Centre, Brighton, December 2017 - February 2018.
  • Created a screen dance piece with Rajyashree Ramamurthi, for Amidst Ten States, a solo dance performance, for Avarendra Sharma Festival of Dance, Delhi, 18 October 2013. Venue: ArtSphere, Pune, India, 16 September 2013.
  • Video documentation for Camp Bestival animation and firework finale with Kate Genevieve of Chroma Collective. Venue: Lulworth Castle, 2012.
  • Production manager for No Place, a site specific commission with Kate Genevieve of Chroma Collective for Brighton's White Night. Venue: Embassy Court, 29 October 2011. An immersive animation performance, in which Embassy Court becomes the setting for an interactive multimedia experience which explores the utopian ideals that underpin the modernist architecture of Wells Coates, Embassy Court’s architect, and which features live actors, video headsets and immersive sound design. 
  • Video documentation for Stacked Wonky dance company for a site-specific dance performance in Trafalgar Square, commissioned for the National Portrait Gallery’s Big Draw Day, October 2004. 

Invited curator

  • Picture this: postcards and letters beyond text, at the Sussex Creativity Zone, University of Sussex, 25 – 26 March 2011. This AHRC funded international conference exhibition showcased works by sixteen visual artists who engage with postcards, letters and epistolary collections. This artwork was displayed along with the eighty entries to the mixed-media Postcards Competition, run in collaboration with the publishers Myriad Editions.

Invited researcher

  • Researcher, commissioned by Etapes: Design and Visual Culture to write about four museums and art galleries in the East End of London offering insights into how they engage with professional creative audiences, February - March 2013.
  • Researcher and co-documentary maker with Usama Shehadeh, recording Lewisham pensioner’s understanding of benefits they received. Commissioned by the Ethnography Unit, Ipsos MORI for the Department for Work and Pensions, February - April 2009.
  • Researcher and co-documentary maker with Usama Shehadeh to create eight video documentaries, to provide an analytical view of the Connecting Initiative for Brighton and Hove City Council. This initiative brought artists from different disciplines together to collaboratively work with young people of secondary school age, September 2005 - February 2006. 
  • Evaluative research carried out on behalf of the University of Brighton and Arts Council England, South East into phase one of the regional funding scheme: Art at the Centre, which saw local councils use public art to rejuvenate areas, July 2004. 96 800x600 Normal 0 false false false EN-GB JA X-NONE

Invited to convene and chair panels

  • 'Contemporary Design,' Beneath the Surface, Brighton Postgraduate Design History Society, University of Brighton, 11 June 2014.
  • ‘Displaying South Asia 1901-2012.’ Design History Society conference, Towards Global Histories of Design: Postcolonial Perspectives, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, 5 - 8 September 2013.
  • ‘The Material Cultural of Sport: Design, History, Identity,' Design History Society conference, University of Brighton, 13-15 September 2012. 
  • ‘Word and Image 1,' Picture this: postcards and letters beyond text, the Sussex Creativity Zone, University of sussex, 25-26 March 2011. 

Invited member of conference steering group 

  • Picture this: postcards and letters beyond text conference, University of Sussex, 25–26 March 2011, 85 delegates from 10 countries, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
    An international conference that invited researchers, creative writers, visual artists, publishers and curators to come together to consider letters and postcards from a range of critical perspectives, and through creative practice. Speakers included: Ann Dumas (Curator of The Real Van Gogh, Royal Academy); Professor Nicholas Royle (University of Sussex); Artist and Professor Marcus Wood (University of Sussex). 

Website convenor 

Membership

  • Member of the Centre for Design History, University of Brighton 

Professional affiliations

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2012 to present
         
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