Visiting Artist’s Talk – Jonathan Orlek

Monday 17 October 2022
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Conference Auditorium 2 (GM.01)
Lectures and seminars
General public

For this week's Visiting Artist's Talk, we welcome Jonathan Orlek.

Jonathan Orlek is an architectural researcher and practitioner, interested in the intersections between art, architecture, and ethnographic research.

His research is concerned with artist-led organisations and spaces, critical spatial practices, embedded research methods, and collective forms of housing. He is a director of Studio Polpo, a social enterprise architecture collective based in Sheffield. His work with Studio Polpo includes The High Street of Exchanges, an immersive installation for the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021, which explored the future of the British High Street. He has also worked on projects for The Hepworth (Wakefield), The Tetley (Leeds), and Bloc Projects (Sheffield), which play with the overlaps between art and architecture.

He is currently a researcher on several interdisciplinary projects exploring care, high streets, and activist spatial practices. This includes Caring—with Cities and Sonic Acts of Noticing.

About the Visiting Artists' Talks series

The Visiting Artists’ Talks (VAT) series is organised by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. Talks take place every Monday afternoon during teaching weeks. Each session brings an arts professional to talk with us about what they do and why, and to chat with the student body about their career journey and interests.

All of our talks are compulsory for our Fine Art students but are also open to anyone else who would like to join us. Find out more about this week's Visiting Artist's Talk

Image: The High Street of Exchanges by Studio Polpo, British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021, curated by Manijeh Verghese and Madeleine Kessler. Photograph by Jim Stephenson.