Talk: Lisa Le Feuvre – Nauman and Failure

Thursday 22 May, 5.30-7pm. FREE

Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds considers Bruce Nauman’s work through the idea of failure. Taking the exhibition as a starting point, the talk proposes failure as a means to understand perception.


Project Title – Applications of Socially Engaged Art

Project Description

The socially engaged arts have been developed in a number of fields as transformative interventions entailing specific forms of arts practice and methods of inquiry. The combination of artistic and social elements gives rise to tensions between aesthetic, ethical and instrumental dimensions of the work. This PhD will study the nature and significance of the socially engaged arts as an aesthetic and relational practice, a mode of inquiry and an agent for personal and social change. The precise field will be determined in consultation with the successful candidate but we would particularly welcome applications with an interest in addictions and recovery.

The title on the paperwork is Socially Engaged Art and Substance Misuse


“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”


Bounce – The myth of talent and the power of practice (Matthew Syed); Everyday Life – Theories and Practices from Surrealism to the Present (Michael Sheringham); Artificial Hells – Participatory Art and The Politics of Spectatorship.

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Dear Martin

Thank you for your recent application to our Wild Card open call for artists.

Unfortunately your application was unsuccessful. We had a fantastic response with over 250 high quality applications from artists all over the world. We enjoyed reading all the applications and it was a very difficult decision in selecting only one artist.

Due to the high volume of applications I am unable to provide feedback on individual applications. Thank you for taking the time to apply and we will keep your contact details on file.

All the best,

Hi Martin,

Thank you for your patience with the Launch Pad decision. Our selectors, Stephen Snoddy (Director of the New Art Gallery Walsall) and Matthew Pendergast (independent curator and Castlefield Gallery’s Interim Programme Manager) have now made their decision and unfortunately on this occasion your application was unsuccessful. We had an excellent response to this Launch Pad callout and the quality of proposals was really high. We hope you will apply for Launch Pad again.

Please let me know if you would like any feedback on your application, and if so I will pass your request on to Matthew.

Best wishes, and thank you again for applying,