Prof. Juliet Simpson is currently on a research visit to Helsinki, 3-7 October 2016, to explore the new Coventry-Helsinki research collaborations inaugurated with Prof. Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff’s appointment as FAH/Visual Arts Visiting Professor in Art and Design History and Curation to 2019. During her 3-day visit, Prof. Simpson is giving an interview to launch the new FAH visual arts research-Finnish National Gallery research partnership; a series of curatorial/research presentations; visits to artists and designer communities at Tuusula, including Pekka Halonen’s famous studio house and a special guest lecture to the Ateneum/Finnish National Gallery on ‘Gothic Modernity and the Nordic Art Connection’- http://bit.ly/2drgZMv.
The interviews and lectures have been organized and hosted by Prof. von Bonsdorff and the Finnish National Gallery to showcase the vibrant new research collaborations currently underway between Coventry visual arts research and The National Finnish Gallery/Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki. They include a major international conference on ‘Gothic Modernisms’ to be held at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (June 2017), projects on British women designers and international Nordic modernisms; patterns of a contemporary Nordic aesthetics in the Kiasma and FNG collections and PhD study exchange. Discussions have also focused on developing a series of key partnerships via knowledge-sharing workshops in the development of a second Nordic Japanomania, which will concentrate on key 20thand early 21st-century East-West art/ design and cultural exchange in particular around identities of artist/design ‘communities’, belief and transcultural aesthetics. Further news of these major initiatives and one of the first such partnerships of its kind will appear in the published interview (due early November 2016) and via calls for project participation to be launched in late Autumn 2016.
Prof. Juliet Simpson, FRSA (Professor of Art History and Chair of Visual Art Research, FAH: Helsinki Bulletin: 4 Oct 2016)