World-leading artist to give lecture at Brookes

Friday, 20 November 2015

Cornelia Parker

World-leading artist Cornelia Parker will be giving a lecture at Oxford Brookes University on Tuesday (24 November).

Cornelia will be speaking to members of staff, art students at Oxford Brookes and partnership colleges and invited guests about her many projects and her current large scale piece of work Magna Carta (An Embroidery).

Fabricated by many hands, from prisoners and lawyers to artists and barons, Magna Carta (An Embroidery) replicates in stitch the entire Wikipedia article on the Great Charter as it appeared on the document’s 799th anniversary in 2014. 

The Wikipedia article regularly attracts more than 150,000 page views each month and is constantly being amended by users of the website as the debate about Magna Carta and its legacy ebbs and flows. 

Cornelia said: “Magna Carta (An Embroidery) is a snapshot of where the debate is right now.

“Echoing the communal activity that resulted in the Bayeux Tapestry, but on this occasion placing more emphasis on the word rather than the image, I wanted to create an artwork that is a contemporary interpretation of Magna Carta.”

Magna Carta (An Embroidery) has been commissioned by the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford in partnership with the British Library and in association with the Embroiderers’ Guild, Fine Cell Work, Hand & Lock and the Royal School of Needlework. The commission has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by the John Fell OUP Research Fund.

One of Britain’s most celebrated artists, Cornelia works in a variety of media and is well known for her sculpture and installation in which she transforms ordinary objects into compelling works of art. She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1997, elected a Royal Academician in 2009 and appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010. 

Cornelia has had solo shows in The Serpentine Gallery; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas and Museo De Arte de Lima, Peru. 

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