11.00am – 12.30pm, free , no booking necessary

The Tuesday Talks series invites leading artists, thinkers and curators to explore the driving forces, influences and sources of inspiration within contemporary art. The series is programmed by Professor Pavel Büchler and is supported by the Manchester Metropolitan University.

18 January
Alec Finlay

Nominated for the Northern Art Prize 2010, Alec Finlay is an artist, poet and publisher. Much of his work reflects on our interaction with nature and considers how we, as a culture, or cultures, relate to landscape in an era of climate change. The range of forms that he has employed is incredibly diverse: neon text; foundobjects; innovative poetic forms; major interventions working with windmillturbines; multiples, as well as print and web-based media.

25 January
Roderick Buchanan

Roderick Buchanan is a Scottish artist working in the fields of installation, film and photography. Well-known as one of the artists that brought Glasgow to international attention in the 1990s, much of Buchanan’s work is based around portraits of groups and individuals; exploring symbols of cultural allegiance and identity. His work is held in the collections of the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland and was featured at the 2001 Venice Biennale. He lives and works in Glasgow.

1 February
Gabriel Coxhead

Gabriel Coxhead is an art critic and has written for Frieze, Time Out and The Financial Times. Coxhead recently curated No New Thing Under the Sun at the Royal Academy, London, which brought together selected historical pieces from the Royal Academy’s Collection with works by contemporary artists. The exhibition offered a wide variety of ideas to do with life and death: from the cynical to the celebratory and from the rational to the magical. Ultimately it pointed to a broader philosophy about the nature of art itself, asking: canthere be anything new under the sun?

8 February
John Reardon

John Reardon’s practice is public, cross-disciplinary and works collaboratively through a kind of ‘community building’or ‘barn raising’. Each project produces objects, books, events, images, online material, publicity, further projects etc., and while these can vary from project to project in form and content they use a common approach by endeavouring to build ‘contingent’ forms of community around an idea. Reardon currently teaches part time as project leader of an MA Art & Politics in the Department of Politics at Goldsmiths.

15 February
Ingo Gerken

Ingo Gerken’s exhibition Born After 1924 opens at Castlefield Gallery on 17 February and takes a publication co-edited by Kurt Schwitters and El Lissitzky as its starting point. Often referring to his work as ‘activating’ art-historical contexts, Gerken’s exhibition will be a physical manifestation of his collages including work by other invited artists, such as Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Gregor Schneider and Kurt Schwitters, as ‘articulations’ or ‘punctuations’ of his own practice. Gerken lives and works in Berlin.

22 February
Lucy Byatt

Lucy Byatt is Head of National Programmes at The Contemporary Art Society (CAS), she is interested in the evolution of cultural ecologies and the way in which cultural institutions structure themselves in response to policy and survival. Her role at CAS is to lead on strategy forpublic collection development which requires close working with over 63 museums that hold over 90 collections of art and craft. Prevoulsy she has worked asDirector of Spike Island in Bristol, and while based in Scotland established two independent commissioning agencies and completed an MFA at the Glasgow School of Art.

1 March
Dutton and Swindells

Steve Dutton and Steve Swindells have worked together on projects since 1998. Their current work centres around the Institute of Beasts, which stems from the opposing ideas of an ‘Institute’ as being something ordered and organised and ‘Beasts’ as being unknown, erratic and mythologised. Previoulsy they have involved live animals in the art making process, from chasing rabbits in car headlights to an installation of chicken hutches made from artworks. They are currently in residence at PSL, Leeds.

8 March
Mihnea Mircan

Mihnea Mircan is a curator based in Bucharest, Romania. His recent projects include Since We Last Spoke About Monuments, at Stroom Den Haag, History of Art, The, at the David Roberts Art Foundation, London, and the publication A Wooden Bicycle Against a Background of Masterpieces, co-edited with Alon Levin at Kunstverein Hamburg. He has been appointed as artistic director of Extra City in Antwerp.