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Tue 26th Sep - Tue 24th Oct

ART TALKS are regular sessions held on Tuesdays at 12pm in Nichola de la Haye Building, room NDH0020 at the University of Lincoln and are free and open to students, staff and the general public.

26th September  Chris Dobrowoski  

Chris Dobrowolski will be presenting his latest performative talk, Toy Stories, for the first of this year’s ART TALKS. Chris to find out more about the talk and Chris click here

About the show:

Meet Chris. Chris is a 54-year-old artist financially trapped in the house where he grew up. The garden shed has become his studio, where he tries to create works of art that will allow him to come to terms with the absurdities of modern living – or else to escape his daily life entirely. In the past, Chris has made full-size vehicles which have taken him on conceptual journeys. Recently, however, he has returned to the toys of his childhood -especially his Scalextric cars, via a glamorous commission with Central Bedfordshire libraries.

In this new show, he shares stories of his latest projects, from his efforts to make friends with Essex taxi drivers to his quest to understand more about his Polish heritage (without speaking a word of Polish). Toy Stories sees Chris dig up some metaphorical ghosts of the past, as well as a real German tank dating from the Second World War, and reminds us how little has changed in populist politics between then and now. Part stand-up comedy, part performance lecture, Toy Stories takes the audience on an irreverent adventure through art, contemporary politics and twentieth century history.


3rd October David Auborn  

David Auborn was born in Kent, England, and now lives and works in London. He took his BA in Fine Art/ Painting at Brighton University between 2009 and 2013, and his MA Fine Art/Painting at the Royal College of Art in London from 2016 to 2018. His recent solo exhibitions have been: ‘Eyrie’ at CAR DRDE, Bologna, Italy (2020) ‘The Thing That Moves’ (2019) and ‘Distant Matter’ (2017), both at Pierre Pournet, Bordeaux, France. Recent group exhibitions have included ‘Search Party’, Tatjana Pieters, Ghent (2023), ‘DREAM BABY DREAM’, Fitzrovia Gallery, London (2022), ‘A Hand Stuffed Mattress’ (2019) at Terrace Gallery, London and ‘Nouvelles Acquisitions’ (2019) at Maison Frugès – Le Corbusier, Pessac, France. He is also the founder and editor of ‘To The Studio’ podcast interviews. To find out more about David click here and to listen to the ‘To the Studio’ podcast click here.


10th October Victoria Sharples 

Dr. Victoria Sharples (she/they) is an artist, researcher & curator and is Co-director of GLOAM (gallery & studios) in Sheffield. She is a Lecturer in the School of Arts at the University of Derby & Co-leads NMRG (the New Materialist Reading Group) with Dr. Rebecca Howard.

Sharples’ practice meditates on post-humanist performativity & ecological philosophies relative to macroscopic & microscopic matter. Research areas include: microperformativity, forensic architecture, (im)materiality, (im)perceptibility, the technoscientific & necro-ecologies/economies. Sharples works with people and non-human bodies across spatial, temporal and linguistic situ facilitating international & interdisciplinary practice-led research projects with artists, scientists & spiritual practitioners. The works produced as part of this practice often take the form of time-sensitive performances where video, artefacts, photography, scores & sculpture record or account for the project though phonetic, numerical and audio-visual matter.

Sharples is a Member of British Art Network (BAN), The British Academy’s Early Career Researcher Network, SLSA (Society of Literature, Science & the Arts), DMARC (The Digital & Material Artistic Research Centre & University of Derby’s Early-Career Academics Forum. She is on the Community Board for Bloc Projects as part of GLOAM.

To find out more about Victoria please click here and to find out more about Gloam click here


17th October  Nyakallo Maleke  

Nyakallo Maleke is an artist and writer based in Johannesburg and has a studio at Bag Factory. Her practice is grounded on an expanded concept of drawing, which she uses as a tool for building narratives about space, vulnerability, movement and fiction in relation to the public space. Maleke’s drawings take shape across disciplines, and it manifests in the form of installations, performative gestures, sound pieces, printmaking and sculpture. Her work continues to be invested in materiality, often combining tools such as pencils and charcoal with a meticulous embroidery-like stitching that is depicted on unconventional surfaces such as wax paper and plastic dropsheet.Maleke completed a Master of Art in Public Sphere (with distinction) at the École de design et haute école d’art du Valais (édhéa), Switzerland (2019) and is an alumnus of the Asiko International Art School, Addis Ababa edition (2016) and graduated with BA Fine Art from Wits University in 2015. She has participated in group exhibitions at venues including NGO – Nothing Gets Organised, Johannesburg; Stevenson, Cape Town; Modzi Art Gallery, Lusaka, and the 13th Dak’art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal, in which she participated in the exhibition Canine Wisdom for the Barking Dog-The Dog Done Gone Deaf. Her first solo exhibition, titled Leaning Towards an Edge that Does Not Leak was held at the John Muafangego Art Centre in Windhoek, Namibia, in 2016. Maleke is also recognised as a fiction writer, and was recently shortlisted for the inaugural Toyin Falola Prize for her short story titled Eskia. In 2022 she participated in the Aichi Triennial in Aichi, Japan and the exhibition Echo, at Jenkins Johnson, USA.

To find out more about Nyakallo’s work please click here and to find out more about Bag Factory, click here


24th October Georgina Barney  

Georgina Barney’s current practice revolves around the dye and pigment garden on site in the old playground at Primary in Nottingham which she developed and maintains with Primary and Audrey Leach (Primary Gardens). She experiments with plant-dyeing and other processes such as extracting pigment and making paint.

Georgina’s background is that of a contemporary artist. Prior to a shift into the territory of craft, she spent over ten years exploring ideas of ‘Art and Farming’, participating in national discourses about art and the rural. Outcomes of this work were often participatory: in particular, working with the farming community and making connections between metropolitan art institutions and rural sites.

Georgina’s ongoing interests in place, the natural world, and drawing link this previous, more conceptually-driven chapter of work with her current one as a ‘maker’.

Georgina is also an experienced teacher with a commitment to sharing knowledge with diverse audiences. She delivers workshops with arts organisations including Primary, and privately. Georgina has been instrumental in helping and training Assunta Ruocco and Polly Lancaster to set up Pigment Patch on the Sculpture terrace, above Project Space Plus at the University of Lincoln. Pigment Patch is a space for growing and working with pigment and dye plants for students and staff to enjoy and experiment with on campus.

To find out more about Georgina please click here, to find out more about Primary please click here and about Pigment Patch here

  • Date:
    Tue 26th Sep - Tue 24th Oct 2023
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  • Nichola de la Haye Building, room NDH0020

    The session consists of a 45 minute presentation, and 45 minutes for questions and answers.