• 4 July 2018
  • 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • Part of Bedford Square Festival
  • Paul Mellon Centre

A breakfast talk by Hammad Nasar (Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre)

This talk focuses on the exhibition Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition at Manchester Art Gallery (May 25, 2018 - April 22, 2019)

Speech Acts highlights the role of museums in fashioning and circulating collective stories through the art works they collect and the exhibitions they arrange. It is centred on the exemplary case of an art space founded and run by the artist Li Yuan-chia in Cumbria. By looking at the friendships and networks that fuelled at the LYC Museum & Art Gallery (1972-83) the exhibition explores if a museum can be both, an artwork, and a hub nurturing art and community.

Speech Acts is drawn primarily from four public collections in Manchester and Bradford, and is part of the research project, Black Artists and Modernism. It is an invitation to engage with the juxtaposition of works considered ‘collection highlights’ with those rendered invisible or viewed through the narrow lenses of biography and difference, and consider how new meanings can emerge from such encounters.

This event is part of Bedford Square Festival 4 July - 7 July 2018


The aim of the Bedford Square Festival was to promote the culture based around a London Square, sharing this with our neighbours in Bloomsbury and beyond. We wanted to open the doors of the grand facades of the buildings in the Square and celebrate the culture that we pride ourselves on - art, literature, architecture, history, education, and more!

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