utopia:dystopia in conversation

28 May 2016

Event times

Walk ONE: 11am - 1pm
Conversation: 2pm - 5pm
Walk TWO: 5pm - 7pm

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Bath Spa School of Art and Design

Bath, United Kingdom


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A conversation where artists, writers and thinkers can engage with themes corresponding with the best of our aspirations and the worst of our nightmares. Starting and ending with tours of Bath with celebrated walker artist Richard White, uncovering hidden dystopias in this most utopian of cities.


Walk ONE: Open the conversation, stretch minds and legs
Saturday 28th May, 11am - 1pm
Meet at reception, Bath School of Art and Design
Out of the enchanted city, over the fields, up the hill and back again down the road.
Approx 3 mile walk. Return approx 1pm

Walkers are invited to consider, share thoughts and generate resonances on some of the dystopian aspects of Bath and the people who made it - not least its ambivalent relationship with slavery.

utopia:dystopia in conversation
Saturday 28th May, 2pm – 5pm
Bath School of Art and Design Lecture Theatre
Free admission

Speakers include writer and critic Rachel Withers exploring how utopia and its opposite have manifested themselves in history and culture since the time of Thomas More. Joined by Kate Rigby, author of Changing the Cilmate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe and newly appointed Professor of Environmental Humanities at Bath Spa University, shows just how relevant the concepts are to the crises we face in modern times.

Walk TWO: Wayfaring in the Enchanted City
Saturday 28th May, 5pm – 7pm
Following on from Bath School of Art and Design Lecture Theatre

The conversation continues with Richard Wright in the café, online and on foot walking through the heart of utopian Bath, approx 7pm arrival at "Bath;s Artisan Quarter" to visit the exhibitions, commencing at The Bell, in Walcot Street.

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