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14 May 2007 PR 07/67

Two of Britain’s most renowned war artists lead ground-breaking exhibition

Two of Britain’s most renowned and challenging war artists – Loughborough University’s Mario Minichiello and official British war artist John Keane – are leading a new, landmark exhibition of artists working in the area of conflict.

The two artists are also due to give public lectures on their work on Saturday 19 May.

Entitled ‘Conflict’, the exhibition, at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe, presents pieces by 17 contemporary artists who have created work in response to war or world events.

Mario, who is exhibiting his controversial 28 foot long drawing collating the events of the war in Afghanistan, is interested in how the media shapes our ‘western’ view of conflict abroad. At the lecture he will talk about his exhibited and broadcast work, ‘War in Afghanistan’, and the role of visual artists in the reporting of warfare.

John Keane, who was appointed as official British war artist in 1991 during the Gulf War, will talk about how his work has developed over the last 25 years, ranging from Northern Ireland and the Gulf War to the recent topics of the Moscow theatre siege and Guantanamo Bay. At the exhibition John is showing works from his ‘Inconvenience of History’ series, created in direct response to visits to countries in conflict.

Mario’s work has appeared regularly in national newspapers such as The Guardian and Financial Times and also on the BBC’s Newsnight programme. He is currently senior lecturer in Visual Communication at Loughborough University School of Art and Design.

Mario’s lecture will take place from 12 noon to 1pm in the Gallery Room, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe. Entry to both lectures is free, but places should be booked in advance by calling 01724 297070 or enquiring at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre reception. The event has been deemed suitable for those aged 16 and over.

The ‘Conflict’ exhibition runs until 9 June. Entry is free.

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Notes to editors

  1. A preview of Mario Minichiello’s exhibited work can be found at http://domain742622.sites.fasthosts.com/artconflict/artfirst.html
    Further examples of his work can be viewed at http://domain742622.sites.fasthosts.com/mm2001/index.html

  2. A preview of John Keane’s ‘Inconvenience of History’ series can be found at http://www.christian-aid.org.uk/news/gallery/johnkeane/index.htm
    More of Keane’s work can be viewed at http://www.flowerseast.com/FE/Artists_Originals.asp?Artist=KEANE

  3. The ‘Conflict’ exhibition includes the work of the following artists: Richard Bartle, Tony Bennett, Nick Crowe, Norman Cowie, Rowan Dejardin, John Dowling, Simon Fell, Christian Glaeser, Chris Holden, Ianworks, John Keane, Tony Kemplen, David Kirshner, Alastair Mackie, Mario Minichiello, Nigel Morpeth, Gautam Narang.

  4. The 20-21 Visual Arts Centre (St. John’s Church, Church Square, Scunthorpe DN15 6TB, Lincolnshire) is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm (closed Bank Holiday Mondays), W: www.northlincs.gov.uk/NorthLincs/Leisure/arts/20-21VisualArtsCentre/Exhibitions/

  5. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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