Talbot Rice Gallery

TALK | David Talbot Rice Memorial Lecture 2017, Sir Timothy O'Shea

25 October, 6.30 pm

Curating Cultural Identity

 Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh.

St. Cecilia's Hall, The University of Edinburgh


One function of an ancient university is curation. Curation of texts, artefacts, pictures, buildings and practices. I am interested in how our university understands and projects its own history and identity. Our iconic paintings and buildings support various narratives about what we have achieved, who we are and what we want to achieve. In the past fifteen years we have been successful in protecting and enhancing some of our key assets. I will discuss a few of the key victories such as the new extension of St Cecilia's and the renovation of the McEwan Hall. I will also mention some of the minor triumphs such as the finials on the Bedlam Theatre and the aediculae in Buccleuch Place. We are specially blessed by the quality and provenance of many of our paintings which have become such a vital part of our proud identity. Edinburgh is quite different from the other ancient universities, especially in regard to our relation to our host city, and I will conclude by identifying what makes us so distinctive.

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.


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