Artists and Collections: Expanding Practices

The Madonna of the Cat, after Barocci (2022) by Ali Cherri. Photo credit - Garry Jones Photography for Culture Coventry
The Madonna of the Cat, after Barocci (2022) by Ali Cherri. Photo credit - Garry Jones Photography for Culture Coventry

12 December 2022


Zoom Seminar

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Histories of Trauma: On the Representation of Violence in Collections


13.00- 13.10
Welcome by Ilaria Puri Purini, Contemporary Art Society, Martin Roberts, Herbert Art Gallery, Daniel Herrmann, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, National Gallery.

13.10 – 13.30
Presentation Dr Claire Launchbury Research Fellow. Institute of Advanced Studies. University College London.

13.30 – 13.50
Presentation by Jananne Al Ani Artist, Researcher, and Senior Lecturer London College of Communication.

13.50 – 14.15
Moderated Discussion.

14.15 – 14.30
Comfort Break.

14.30 – 15.15
Examples from participants & roundtable discussion.

15.15 – 15.30
End notes.


To access online Seminar recording:



CPD: SSN Contemporary Art, CAS and SSN Paintings Pre-1900, The National Gallery

Continuing Professional Development organised by the Subject Specialist Networks of Contemporary Art and The National Gallery’s European Paintings Pre-1900

This seminar is for curators from the Subject Specialist Networks of Contemporary Art and European Paintings pre-1900 organised by the Contemporary Art Society and the National Gallery. It will focus on using historical and contemporary collections to explore how themes of trauma and violence are received through objects, displays and programmes.

In the first part of the seminar there will be presentations by researchers Dr Claire Launchbury (Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL) and Jananne Al Ani (London College of Communication). The second part is designed to be more participative. Therefore, we will ask each participant to look at the reading list below and send us an example in their collection they would like to discuss in the afternoon, topics can include any of the following questions:

  • To what extent are different manifestations of violence interrelated?
  • How can art be useful as a tool for working through experiences/ histories of trauma and violence (representations of war)?
  • How do we interpret representations of violence in collections/art works?
  • How can we display and communicate sensitive subjects matters?

This event will be hosted at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Jordan Wl, Coventry CV1 5QP


Dr Claire Launchbury
Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL

Jananne Al Ani
Artist, Researcher and Lecturer. Senior Lecturer London College of Communication



Reading list:

Crossing Over: Museums as Spaces of Violence – Amy K Levin 

Regarding torture at the Berlin Biennale – Artforum International

Connecting Museums, Modern Art, Colonialism, and Violence


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