Landscape Now

This international conference, was the third in an annual series organised collaboratively by the Paul Mellon Centre, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. It considered how the pictorial representation of the landscape has long played an important role in the history of British art.

Introduction and Welcome

Mark Hallett (Director of Studies, Paul Mellon Centre), Amy Meyers (Director, Yale Center for British Art) and Melinda McCurdy (Associate Curator, British Art, The Huntington Library)

Panel 1 - Local Landscapes

Anna Reid (PhD candidate, University of Northumbria): ‘The Nest of Wild Stones: Paul Nash’s Geological Realism’

Anna Falcini (Associate Lecturer in Contemporary Art Practice, Bath Spa University; Ph.D. Candidate in Fine Art Practice, University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury) ‘Re-illuminating the landscape of the Hoo Peninsula through the media of film (the porousness of past & present’)

Panel 3 – Liquid Landscapes

Stephen Daniels (Professor Emertitus of Cultural Geography, University of Nottingham) ‘Liquid Landscape’

Kelly Presutti (Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks) ‘Strategic Seascapes: John Thomas Serres and the Royal Navy’

Gill Perry (Emeritus Professor of Art History, The Open University) ‘Landscaping Islands in Contemporary British Art: Floating Identities and Changing Climates’

Panel 4 – Landscape and the Anthropocene

David Matless (Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Nottingham) ‘The Anthroposcenic: landscape imagery in erosion time’

Mark A. Cheetham (Professor of art history, University of Toronto) “Outside In: Reflections of British Landscape in the Long Anthropocene”

Keynote Lecture: Tim Barringer

Tim Barringer (Chair & Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale University) ‘Thomas Cole and the White Atlantic’

Panel 5 – Anglo-American Landscapes

Matthew Hunter (Associate Professor, Department of Art History and Communication Studies McGill University) ‘Drawing By Numbers: Anglo-American Landscape and the Actuarial Imagination’

Julia Sienkewicz (Assistant Professor of Art History, Roanoke College in Salem) ‘On Place and Displacement: Benjamin Henry Latrobe and the Immigrant Landscape’

Panel 6 – Re-Making Landscapes

Val Williams (Professor of the History and Culture of Photography and Director of Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC), University of the Arts London, London College of Communication) & Corinne Silva (Research Fellow, PARC, University of the Arts London, London College of Communication) ‘The Re-making of the English Landscape: in the footsteps of WG Hoskins and FL Attenborough’

David Chalmers Alesworth (Visual Artist, Landscape Consultant, Researcher of Garden History and an Art Educator) ‘The Garden of Ideas’

Panel 7 - Exhibiting Landscape

Gregory Smith (Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre) The ‘connoisseur’s panorama’: Thomas Girtin’s Eidometroplis and aNew Iconography for the City’

Nick Alfrey (Honorary Research Associate, Department of History of Art, University of Nottingham) ‘1973 and the future of landscape’

Discussion: Landscape Now?


Mark Hallett (Paul Mellon Centre)

Tim Barringer (Yale University)

Sarah Monks (Lecturer in Art History, Director of Admissions (School of Art, Media and American Studies), University of East Anglia)

Alexandra Harris (Professorial Fellow, Department of English, University of Birmingham)

Amy Concannon (Assistant Curator, British Art, 1790-1850, Tate Britain and Doctoral Candidate, University of Nottingham)