Pleasures, Desires, Gazes

Garden, A. (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


This two-day programme of events was developed in partnership with with Clare Gormley, Assistant Curator of the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) Belfast and designed to coincide with the exhibition of the work of the Canadian-born painter, Ambera Wellmann. Day one was to consist of a symposium that drew together academics, artists, activists and health education professionals from across the UK and Ireland; day two was to consist of a half-day workshop led by a leading art practitioner working at the cutting edge of the intersection between sex education, creative practice and the medical humanities. Both events were to be open to the public and free to attend.

This exhibition of Wellmann’s work is the first solo showing in the UK and Ireland. Channelling a queer, feminist gaze, Wellmann’s paintings, which usually focus on bodies and moments of intimacy, subvert the dominant way of looking that has defined Western art history. Asking vital and compelling questions about desire, pleasure and the gaze, this exhibition of Wellmann’s work engenders a unique and timely opportunity to initiate a critical conversation about how we think and feel about these topics in our post-#MeToo moment.

Organised in partnership with Clare Gormley, Assistant Curator at the MAC.
Period21 May 202022 May 2020
Event typeWorkshop
LocationBelfast, United Kingdom