50 Years On: The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies

David Batchelor, Kieran Connell, Stuart Hall, Matthew Hilton, Darryl Georgiou (Illustrator)

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Abstract

To mark the 50th anniversary of the institutional origin and now the global discipline of Cultural Studies, this publication and the exhibition it accompanies explores the continuing and persistent influence of Birmingham’s now defunct Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies on artist’s practicing today. Georgiou was a contributing artist to the publication.Representing the relevance of the Centre’s vast body of work, this publication examines the key areas of study – class, gender, race and style – through the work of contemporary artists including Trevor Appleson, Mahtab Hussein, Sarah Maple, Sarah Silverwood and Nick Waplington. In addition, it includes a series of never-before-seen works in Britain by alumni students David Batchelor and Janet Mendelsohn. A foreword by former Director of the Centre, the acclaimed theorist Stuart Hall, is published here posthumously. In it he states: ‘The artists featured in this collection are not working in ‘cultural studies’ – not formally at any rate. Like all good artists, however, they are engaged with the political and cultural contexts of their time. A great deal has changed since we began our experiment [at the Centre] five decades ago but as the work of these artists demonstrate, the kind of questions that we were interested in remain pertinent.’ Published on the occasion of the exhibition 50 Years On: The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at mac birmingham, 10 May – 29 June 2014.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherMAC Birmingham
Number of pages64
ISBN (Print)9781907796173
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Bibliographical note

50 Years On: The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (2014) ISBN: 9781907796173
Artist(s):
Trevor Appleson
David Batchelor
Orde Eliason
Darryl Georgiou
Nick Hedges
Brian Homer
Mahtab Hussein
louis+jesse
Mahasiddhi
Sarah Maple
Alan McLean
Janet Mendelsohn
Sarah Silverwood
Nick Waplington

Author(s)
David Batchelor
Kieran Connell
Stuart Hall
Matthew Hilton

Darryl Georgiou's photo-artwork is entitled SoHo Road, Sari Shopping ©️Darryl Georgiou, 1988 (used on the front cover of the US edition of Monica Ali’s Brick Lane, 2003).

The book was published on the occasion of the exhibition 50 Years On: The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at mac birmingham, 10 May – 29 June 2014.

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Batchelor, D., Connell, K., Hall, S., Hilton, M., & Georgiou, D. (2014). 50 Years On: The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. UK: MAC Birmingham.