Workshop Five - Drawing Wars: Art and Cultural Memory



The interdisciplinary seminar series ‘Cultures and Commemorations of War’ brings together early career researchers and advanced scholars with practitioners, policy makers, charities, and representatives from the media and culture and heritage industries, to consider the practices and politics of war memory across time.

This event features a keynote conversation with the world-famous graphic novelist Joe Sacco (Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, Footnotes in Gaza, Journalism), as well as talks by the Yemeni street artist Murad Subay, Bram Ttwheam, Monica Bohm-Duchen, Steve Dixon, Johnny Magee and Tony Crowley. 

Funded by the RAI and Corpus Christi College

Free and open to all, including lunch, coffee and a wine reception

Optional donations on the door in aid of the White Helmets and the British Red Cross Yemen Crisis Appeal (£5 suggested, but anything welcome)

Organised by Alice Kelly



Note: This is the page to register for the full day workshop. To register only for the talk by Joe Sacco, please click here. If you have registered for the full day workshop, you do not need to separately register for the talk.



10.30: Registration (Coffee and Pastries)

11.00-13.00: Brief Introduction – Dr. Alice Kelly

Remembering through Art (Chair: Dr. Chris Kempshall)


Bram Ttwheam (Aardman Animations) – The Art of 11-11: Memories Retold


Monica Bohm-Duchen (Birkbeck) – ‘After Auschwitz’: Art and the Holocaust


Prof. Steve Dixon and Johnny Magee (Manchester School of Art) – Refugee Tales: Viewing the Belgian refugee crisis of WW1 through the lens of contemporary experience

Includes a short film showing: Breakable (2019)


13.00 – 14.00: Lunch


14.00 - 15.30: War Street Art (Chair: Hanna Smyth)


Murad Subay – The role of street art in advocating community issues in times of crisis and conflict


Prof. Tony Crowley (Leeds) – Photographing Murals of the Irish Troubles [Title TBC]


15.30 – 16.00: Coffee


16.00-17.30: Keynote: Joe Sacco, in conversation with Alice Kelly


17.30-18.30: Wine Reception