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A Perpetual Class: In-conversation with Ruth Ewan

A Perpetual Class: In-conversation with Ruth Ewan
Wednesday 29 September, 6–7.30pm

Cooper Gallery

Join artist Ruth Ewan to discuss the histories and ideas which have provoked her new body of work for The Ignorant Art School with artist, educator and writer Felicity Allen.

This is a limited capacity in-person event.

Register via Eventbrite for free tickets.

This event forms part of The Ignorant Art SchoolSit-in Curriculum #1


Speakers' Biographies 

Felicity Allen
is an artist, educator, and writer working across the studio, the social and the institutional. Recent work includes her sixth series of Dialogic Portraits with the research project People Like You: Contemporary Figures of Personalisation;  and developing the concept of the Disoeuvre, which questions the dominant concept of the artist’s oeuvre as progressive and studio-based (for instance in The Disoeuvre, Ma Bibliothèque, 2019). She is the editor of Education (Documents of Contemporary Art, Whitechapel/MIT, 2011) and led the public engagement programmes in the Hayward Gallery and Tate Britain (1999-2010).  A founder member of the Women's Art Library, Allen has held lecturing positions at various leading art schools and was a guest scholar at the Getty Research Institute (2011-2012).

Ruth Ewan is an internationally celebrated artist whose research-led and critically engaged practice has drawn attention within contemporary art and socio-political history. Engaging with the circulation of radical ideas and social movements, her work explores the processes by which ideas take form and spread from individuals to society.

Ewan’s work is recognised internationally and she has shown extensively at major venues including; Edinburgh Art Festival (2018 & 2020); Pitzhanger Gallery (2020); Yorkshire Sculpture Park (2019); CAPC, Bordeux (2019); Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration, Paris (2019); Victoria and Albert Museum (2018); 32nd São Paulo Biennial (2016); Camden Arts Centre, London (2015); Tate Britain (2009 & 2014); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Glasgow International (2012); Dundee Contemporary Arts and Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla (2011); The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (2010); the New Museum, New York (2009). She has realised projects for The High Line, New York (2019); Glasgow Women’s Library (2018); Create, London (2012); Art on the Underground (2011); Frieze Projects (2009) and Artangel (2007&2013). In 2016 she was awarded the Arts Foundation Yoma Sasburg Award for Art in Urban Space.



This event takes place on the second floor of Cooper Gallery.

The gallery is on two floors. First floor has ramped access and disabled toilet.

Second floor is accessible via lift and for wheelchair access via a stairclimber.

Advanced notice is required to arrange assistance from campus staff to operate the stairclimber. Please email in advance if you require lift or stairclimber access so we can arrange support.  

Large print versions of the exhibition information handout are available, please ask our Guides.


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Funding support:

The Ignorant Art School at Cooper Gallery, DJCAD is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and the Henry Moore Foundation. 

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