A lecture by Antonia Thomas, Orkney Research Centre For Archaeology. Archaeological sites and artefacts have long inspired the visual arts in Britain, from the beginnings of the antiquarian endeavour and the Romantic Movement, to Modernism and developments in contemporary art. Linking in with the Touchstone exhibition, which will be showing work developed by the artists-in-residence at the Stonehenge Riverside excavations, this lecture explores some of the recent ways in which contemporary artists have responded to archaeological material and sites. It will then focus upon the rich potential of the two-way relationship between art and archaeology, and argue that archaeologists can also learn much from working with contemporary artists.
Antonia is a professional archaeologist who lives and works in Orkney. She is currently researching the relationship between art and archaeology through a Royal Society of Edinburgh funded project entitled Monumental Visions: Art and Archaeology in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.