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Against Architecture: In conversation with Professor Paul Gough


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  • TheGallery
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  • AUB Campus


Date and time: 18 January 2024, 17.00–18.00

Location: South House Lecture Theatre, AUB Campus

AUB Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Gough will be speaking with renowned artist Ian McKeever and invited panellists about the exhibition Against Architecture.

Panel members include:

  • Ian McKeever, RA – artist and AUB Honorary Fellow (2002)
  • Mark Prince – international contemporary art writer
  • Marie Frederick – Head of Estates Capital Projects, AUB
  • Dr Jennifer Scott – Acting course leader, Master of Architecture, AUB

The event will start with a formal welcome from TheGallery curator Violet M. McClean, followed by the panel discussion.

McKeever’s site-specific installation, originally shown at Matt’s Gallery (London) in 2017, is presented in a newly envisaged installation specifically made for the Upper Gallery at AUB. Using standard building materials, 3 x 2 stud walling timbers and sheets of plasterboard, often with the manufacturers’ markings left exposed, the artist creates what might be loosely called a labyrinth through the gallery. The space becomes a provisional structure of passageways, cul-de-sacs and multiple viewing points.

Onto these raw and often only half-closed walls, McKeever has placed a series of small photographic-painted panels. In doing so, he sets up an interplay between the specifics of space depicted or implied in the photographic-painted works and the broader space within the quasi-architectural structure that supports them.

Please note, seating is limited, therefore booking is essential. If you can't join us in person, please join the webinar instead.

Following the panel discussion, there'll be a drinks reception in TheGallery from 18.00-19.30. The drinks reception is an open event and no RSVP is required.

Meet the panel

Headshot of Vice-Chancellor Professor P Gough.

Professor Paul Gough

Principal and Vice-Chancellor, AUB

Headshot for I McKeever

Ian McKeever

Artist and AUB Honorary Fellow

Headshot of M Prince

Mark Prince

International contemporary art writer

Headshot for M Frederick

Marie Frederick

Head of Estates Capital Projects, Regeneration Specialist, AUB

Headshot for Dr J Scott

Dr Jennifer Scott

Acting Course Leader – Master of Architecture, AUB

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