Monthly Archives: February 2014

Seminar series, film screening and Q&A with Mieke Bal


The Departments of English and Creative Writing and Linguistics and English Language are pleased to present the latest speaker, Professor Mieke Bal (University of Amsterdam), in their interdisciplinary research seminar series. Professor Bal is a cultural theorist, critic and video and she will be speaking at a number of events:

Weds 26th March, Auditorium, The Storey (, 6-7.30pm, showing of Madame B(, followed by a lecture and Q&A, 8-9pm. All Welcome!

Thursday 27th March, supervisions with PGR students, 10am-12pm (LICA B138). Please contact Arthur Bradley ( if you would like to book a tutorial with Professor Bal.

Thursday 27th, Postgraduate Research Seminar 1-2pm, Bowland North Seminar Room 07: ‘Telling, Showing, Showing Off:  the social issues of display’ (the reading for this seminar can be obtained

For more information, please contact Sharon Ruston (

Talk: Corsets, Capes and Women in White, Catherine Spooner, Dukes art centre


Date & Time

Mon 24 Feb 2014 – 19:00


The Gallery, Dukes arts centre, Lancaster

Costumes are central to the pleasures of Gothic film, from Bela Lugosi’s cape to Helena Bonham-Carter’s corsets. But they are more than just spectacle – they are often a key part of what makes a film ‘Gothic’. This talk will trace the history of costume in Gothic cinema and explore the meaning behind some of its most iconic looks.

Dr Spooner is a Senior Lecturer with Lancaster University’s English and Creative Writing Department, who specialises in Gothic in literature, film and popular culture. She has published three books on the subject and contributed to the British Film Institute’s Gothic: The Dark of Heart of Film compendium.

Talks are in The Dukes Gallery Places and are free but please book a ticket from the Box Office.

Liminal Landscapes: assembly, enclosure & the West Lancs coast – artist’s film screening and Q&A

Liminal Landscapes: assembly, enclosure & the West Lancs coast

David Jacques in conversation with Dr. Les Roberts


Tuesday 11th March, 2014

6pm – 8pm

Lecture Room 3, Foster Building,

University of Central Lancashire,

Preston, PR1 2HE

Free – click here ( to book a ticket


In Certain Places is proud to present an evening with artist David Jacques, in conversation with Dr. Les Roberts, lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool.


N.B: Due to the storms on Wednesday 12th February, this event has been rescheduled. Please note the change of venue to Foster Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Click here ( for a map of the campus.


The event, which is the second in the Practising Place programme, will also present Jacques’ new film, The Dionysians of West Lancs. Described by the artist as ‘a phantom ride’ along the West Lancashire coast, the film weaves together historical topography, rave culture and Greek mythology to examine the age-old tension between enclosure and freedom of assembly which continues to shape this landscape.


These themes will be further explored by Les Roberts, who will present his research into sites of liminality, including the treacherous terrains of the Dee Estuary and Morecambe Bay.

Through conversation, Jacques and Roberts will discuss the power struggles, both past and present – such as the current controversy surrounding ‘fracking’ – which define such places, and outline a political reading of liminal landscapes.


About the speakers:


David Jacques is a multi-media artist primarily involved with film. His practice engages with the subject of History, its narrative interpretations and the interplay between factual and fictional strategies of representation. His interest in deconstructing and re-apportioning the subject often results in the exploration of forgotten, marginalised and socially / politically disruptive sources. In 2010 he won the Liverpool Art Prize and was shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize. Recent screenings of his work include; Tate Liverpool ‘Art turning Left’, 17th International Video Festival VIDEOMEDEJA, Novi Sad Serbia, WNDX Film Festival, Winnipeg Canada 
and Sheffield Fringe at BLOC Projects Sheffield. He lives and works in Liverpool.


David Jacques on Vimeo:


Les Roberts’ research interests and practice fall within the areas of urban cultural studies, cultural memory, and digital spatial humanities. His work explores the intersection between space, place, mobility, and memory with a particular focus on film and popular music cultures. He is author of Film, Mobility and Urban Space: a Cinematic Geography of Liverpool (2012), editor of Mapping Cultures: Place, Practice and Performance (2012) and co-editor of Locating the Moving Image: New Approaches to Film and Place (2013), Liminal Landscapes: Travel, Experience and Spaces In-between (2012), and The City and the Moving Image: Urban Projections (2010).


For information on research activities and publications see


Practising Place is a new two-year programme of public conversations, designed to examine the relationship between art practice and place. Each event will be hosted at a different venue in the North of England, and will explore a specific aspect of place by bringing artists together with people from different backgrounds, who share a common area of interest.


Practising Place forms part of the In Certain Places ( project, which is based at the University of Central Lancashire and funded by the Arts Council of England.


Click here to visit the Practising Place ( website.

Film-related vacancy in LICA in ‘Digital Fine Art’, Lancaster University

Lecturer in Digital Fine Art

Institute for the Contemporary Arts
Salary:   £32,590 to £45,053
Closing Date:   Monday 31 March 2014
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  A923

Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Digital Fine Art. We are looking for a dynamic fine art practitioner working in digital fine art. We are interested in applications from candidates working in any aspect of fine art involving digital technologies including digital photography, video, film, interactive or network art. You will be expected to teach fine art and other contemporary arts students; pursue 3* or higher level research; and develop collaborative research networks both within, and beyond the University.

Fine Art at Lancaster has an excellent record in teaching and research. RAE2008 placed Art and Design research in the UK’s top 3 with 80% of our research classed as world (4*) or internationally (3*) leading. Art and Design is currently ranked in the top three in the UK (2nd in The Times, 3rd in The Guardian, and 2nd in the Complete University subject league tables). As a result of buoyant recruitment and cutting-edge research Lancaster University is continuing its investment in fine art. We wish to encourage a wide and diverse range of applications, and are open to broad interpretations of the role in question.

You should state which grade of post you are applying for and base your application on the relevant job description and person specification.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Professor Charlie Gere (T: +44 (0)1524 594446, E:
Dr Martyn Evans, Director of Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (T: +44 (0)1524 510875, E:

For general information about the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts, please

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

The advert and application details can be found here:

The Life and Times of Mitchell and Kenyon


In April and May, the Dukes arts centre in Lancaster is putting on a new play telling the story of the Blackburn film-makers, Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon. Details can be found here:

The Dukes will also be screening a selection of their films shot in the local area on the 27th March with live musical accompaniment. details of the screening can be found here:

As background, this 2005 newspaper article tells the story of the discovery of a cache of the films of these previously neglected early film-makers: