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A public lecture by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling to mark the launch of IMBAS: An Irish Forum for Arts Practice Scholars and Artists
November 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Presenter: Professor Sir Christopher Frayling
This event launches a new forum for arts practice research in Ireland. Called IMBAS, it has a special focus on supporting performing arts research in Irish universities. It is also committed to advocating for arts practice research across the whole higher education sector and in the wider artistic community.
Professor Sir Christopher Frayling read history at Churchill College, Cambridge where he later gained a PhD in the study of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Joining London’s Royal College of Art in 1979, Frayling founded the Department of Cultural History, and from 1996 to 2009 was Rector and Vice-provost of the college.
Frayling’s list of achievements and honours are numerous. He is Chancellor of the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), and has been awarded honorary doctorates by nine universities in the UK. In 2001, he was awarded a knighthood for “Services to Art and Design Education”.
Other prominent roles have included Chairman of the Design Council, Chairman of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee, Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Patron of the Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation, and, between 2004 and 2007, Chairman of the Arts Council England.
Christopher Frayling is known for his wide output as a writer and critic on subjects ranging from the semiotics of advertising through to vampires. He has written and presented a number of series for television and radio including The Face of Tutankhamun, The Art of Persuasion, and Nightmare: Birth of Horror. Frayling’s love of film, particularly the spaghetti westerns of director Sergio Leone, led him to become governor of the British Film Institute in the 1980s, to help run the Los Angeles-based Gene Autry Museum’s exhibit on Leone in the summer of 2005, and to appear in numerous documentaries about Leone and his films. He is a world renowned art educationalist, publishing a key article in the mid-1980s on research in studio and workshop settings, which is still at the
centre of contemporary arts practice debates. He also chaired the seminal working group for the UK Council for Graduate Education on Practice-Based Doctorates in the Creative and Performing Arts and Design.