Groups and Things

An afternoon symposium on creativity, collectivity and historicisation within group culture.

Using Ruth Beale’s exhibition at Trade as a starting point, the symposium will bring together six speakers from a number of different fields, including a musician, a historian, an archaeologist, and a curator. By describing their areas of expertise, the speakers will draw out threads present in the show. The day will pull together and provoke discussion around the historicisation of various groups’ activities, and expand upon ideas of interconnectedness between work, leisure, politics, escapism, mark-making and the shaping of landscape.


Matt Beresford, archaeologist and educator

Wayne Evans, musician

Chris Matthews, historian and designer

Gillian Whiteley, artist-curator and academic

Fatos Ustek, curator