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Merz North 4

Wednesday 22 March 2017, 10.30AM to 5.00ppm

MerzNorth is a loose organisation of artists, curators and academics from the North of England with an interest in the legacy of the artist Kurt Schwitters and the site of his final art work, the Merz Barn, in the Lake District.

York is hosting the fourth gathering of MerzNorth to consider the theme of 'Merz. Memory and the Museum' in advance of the reopening of the refurbished Hatton Gallery in Newcastle this autumn, with the Merz Barn Wall given pride of place in its new displays and further plans for the original site of the barn in Elterwater.

Contact Michael White ( for more details.


10:30-11:00 Arrival: Coffee and Tea

11:00-11:15 Introductory comments - Collecting Nothing: Dada Museums  

  • Michael White (University of York)

11:15-12:00 Updates on the Merz Barn and Merz Barn Wall

  • Rob Airey (Hatton Gallery)
  • Ian Hunter (Littoral Artists Trust)

12:00-13:00 Mediating Culture

  • Gareth Beale (Centre for Digital Heritage, University of York)
  • Jessica Schouela (University of York)

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Merz Sites: Project Space and Research-based Practice

  • Jackie Haynes (University of Cumbria)
  • Cian Quayle (University of Chester)
  • Heather Ross (University of Central Lancashire)

Chaired by Mark Wilson (University of Cumbria)

16:00-16:15 Coffee and Tea

16:15-17:00 Final discussion and next steps


With support from the Culture and Communication Research Theme, University of York and the History of Art Department, University of York.


Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building

Admission: All welcome