'A is for --': keynote address for 'Watch Words: The Furnivals and Text (as) Art in the Long Sixties' conference.

  • Eley Williams (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


One of the invited keynote speakers for the 'Watch Words: The Furnivals and Text (as) Art in the Long Sixties' conference, hosted by the University of Bristol. Taking the Furnivals’ work as a point of inspiration, this conference will explore the intersection of text and art during the long sixties (ca. 1958-74, cf. Arthur Marwick, The Sixties), considering connections to a range of contemporary cultural, political, economic, and technological concerns. We will also consider contemporary critical and creative responses to the Furnivals’ work. The one-day symposium co-organised by Dr. Natalie Ferris, Lecturer in 20th- and 21st-century Women’s Writing at the University of Bristol, and Greg Thomas, arts journalist and author of Border Blurs: Concrete Poetry in England and Scotland (Liverpool UP, 2019). The art press Bricks From The Kiln will produce textual documentation for the event. The other keynote will be presented by Professor Stephen Bann, Emeritus Professor of History of Art at the University of Bristol and editor of Concrete Poetry: An International Anthology (1967). The Furnivals’ erstwhile curator and publisher Bernard Moxham will also be in attendance. Conference supported by the Paul Mellon Foundation.
Period22 Apr 2023
Event titleWatch Words: The Furnivals and Text (as) Art in the Long Sixties
Event typeConference
LocationBristolShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational