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The Immediacy of Paint; Surface

Friday, 7 July 2017,
09:00 to 16:00
WAD1,Waterfront Building, University Of Suffolk

Immediacy of Paint: Surface is a one day event focused on questioning how artists are currently exploring surface and the materiality of painting in the digital age.  This is the second symposium to be held at The University of Suffolk to include talks and a panel discussion presented by artists and academics. By bringing together artists, academics and art students whose practice focus is on painting in the contemporary moment, the symposium explores the immediacy of paint through Surface.

The one-day symposium will feature an international programme of speakers which features Glenn Brown as special guest speaker to help present a variety of perspectives on the topic of surface and painting and to further a dialogue on painting today. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., the day’s speakers also include Kim Anno, Dr. Matthew Bowman, Christopher Hawtin, Kath Wood and Shaun Camp, chair. 

Artists and organiser Laura Leahy and Arts Curator Carol Gant said they are honoured to include Brown as a special guest speaker. “He is one of the most revered artists of our time whose unique vision has been challenging ideas about surface in painting,”  In praising these artists, Leahy emphasised the rich painting history that exists in the East of England. 

The topic of surface and painting is broad and with that in mind the aim is to present a variety of perspectives. This series looks to provide a platform for bringing together networks to further the dialogue surrounding painting today. It questions:

  • How does pigment compare to a pixel when thinking about surface?
  • Is it important to define or separate surfaces created from either paint or in a digital image?
  • How are artists mediating surface through current technology?

Tickets available from 1 June through The University Online Shop. 

General £15
Students £10

For further enquiries email: or C.Gant

The symposium will finish with the viewing of the Surface exhibition in the Waterfront Gallery from 4.00pm - 6.00pm


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Symposium team

Adam Riches,Laura Leahy and Carol Gant

Crowd, oil and acrylic on board, 60  x 90cm, 2014
Crowd by Matthew Krishanu

Painting by Matthew Krishanu

Chris Hawtin Ennio Fallen 2017 198x198cm Oil, acrylic, enamel and plaster on canvas
Chris Hawtin

Painting title Ennio Fallen by Chris Hawtin

Robert Priseman, Title, 28 Weeks, oil on board, 5 x 4cm, 2012
Robert Priseman

Painting title 28 weeks by Robert Priseman

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Kim Anno

Painting titled 2 Deer with Silver by Kim Anno

Push III
Shaun Camp

Digital image of Push III by Shaun Camp


09:00 Registration
09:15 Health and Safety / important information
09:20 Welcome by Robert Priseman
09:30 Chris Hawtin 
10:15 Matthew Bowman
11:00 Break for coffee
11:30 Special Guest speaker – Glenn Brown 
13:30 Kim Anno
14:15 Panel format chaired by Shaun Camp in conversation with speakers
15:00 Questions to Panel 
15:45 Summary and thank you from Matthew Krishanu

16:00 – 18:00 Viewing of the exhibition Surface in the University Waterfront Gallery,Waterfront Building