Curator’s CPD Study Day: Conversations on Painting

Lothar Götz, Dance Diagonal, Brewers Towner Commission. Towner Eastbourne, 2019. Photo by Eva Eastman
Lothar Götz, Dance Diagonal, Brewers Towner Commission. Towner Eastbourne, 2019. Photo by Eva Eastman

31 January 2020


Camberwell College of Arts
45-65 Peckham Road
London, SE5 8UF

Sackler CPD Programme members: free
£20 for non-members. Coffee and lunch included

Painting is often discussed in terms of its formal properties and its place in the history of art. This study day however, which is held in collaboration with Camberwell College of Arts, will focus on painting as conceptual practice and is structured as a series of conversations between artists, curators and academics. They will discuss a number of issues including materiality, diversity and access, as well as the ways in which contemporary painting can disrupt and allow for a re-reading of collections.




11:30 – 11:40 Welcome and Introduction

Vassilios Doupas, curator of programmes at Contemporary Art Society


11:40 -12:40 Painting and Materiality

A conversation on painting and materiality between Pia Gottschaller, technical art historian and painting conservator, senior lecturer at Courtauld institute of Art; Daniel Sturgis, professor in painting, Camberwell College of Arts; and Sam Cornish, curator, The Estate of John Hoyland


12:40 -1:30 Painting and Audiences

Joe Hill, director of Towner, Eastbourne will be in conversation with Lothar Götz, who was selected from 60 artists and designers to create a temporary artwork that will transform the exterior of the gallery into a large-scale mural, marking the 10th anniversary of the gallery’s move to its current iconic venue.


1:30 – 2:30 Lunch


2:30- 3:00 Painting and Collections: Two 10- minute presentations

Kimanthi Donkor, artist and course leader BA Painting at Camberwell College of Arts, author of Africana Andromeda: Contemporary Painting and the Classical Black Figure’ will talk about the Tate Collection

Rosalind Nashashibi, artist, lecturer at Goldsmiths College and currently artist-in-residence at the National Gallery will talk about her work and historical collections.


3:00 – 3:45 Painting and Disruption

A panel discussion between Kimathi Donkor, Rosalind Nashashibi, Daniel Sturgis. Moderated by Rachel Cass.


3:45- 4:15 Q& A and Closing Remarks


A report on the day will be written by Sarah Kate Wilson and will be published in our website.



Travel Bursaries are available for Museum Members, please apply by 27 January 2020. To apply and download the Contemporary Art Society Travel Bursary Form (.docx) click here

To book a place as a Sackler CPD Programme Member and/or apply for a bursary please email

To book a place as a non-Sackler CPD Programme member please pay using the link below (please note that cancellations closer than 48 hours before the event cannot be refunded) 


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