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London Art Worlds: Mobile, Contingent and Ephemeral Networks, 1960-1980

International Times cover Feb-March 1967

Friday 29 November 2013, 10.00AM to 6.30pm

A one-day conference 

Confirmed speakers include: Elena Crippa (Tate), Antony Hudek (Liverpool John Moores), Dominic Johnson (QMUL), Carmen Juliá (Tate), Courtney Martin (Brown), Lucy Reynolds (Central St Martins), Joy Sleeman (UCL), Andrew Wilson (Tate).

Bringing together new research on the national and international networks that came to characterise the London art world during the 1960s and 1970s, this conference at the University of York aims to trace the many informal, impromptu and experimental relationships that exist alongside, and fragment, more established institutional histories of British art in this period.

The day will explore a diversity of practices, movements and spaces, ranging from painting, sculpture and film through to land art, performance and activism, addressing in particular the impact of feminism, international exchange – specifically with Latin America – and changes in art education on the works produced during these two extremely lively and innovative decades, when understandings of the ‘art world’ were challenged and reformulated in multiple ways.

Papers will include studies of Alexander Trocchi’s Project Sigma, Stephen Willat’s Control Magazine, Expanded Cinema at Gallery House, the emergence of the artist performance-lecture, and the performances of COUM Transmissions, and the day will end with a roundtable discussion to which all are invited to contribute.

The conference is free and open to all. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To register for the conference or for more information please contact the conference organizers Jo Applin, Catherine Spencer and Amy Tobin at or visit for more information.

London Art Worlds has been generously sponsored by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Centre for Modern Studies at the University of York. 



Location: Berrick Saul Building, University of York