16-17 July 2010
Nudity is an intimate state, perceived
differently across times and cultures. For some it is a taboo, for
others something to be celebrated. Join us for this special
two-part 'skin-posium' to explore nakedness in all its guises.
Friday: Literary reading,
Bask in words of literary masterminds
Milton, Keats, Tennyson and others. The evening includes a drinks
reception so you can get to know your fellow guests.
Saturday: Talks and discussions,
Experts from the worlds of history of
art, evolutionary science and more will explore how bare skin is
understood in different cultures, how nudity makes us feel and how
our ancestors evolved to reveal their bare skin in the first
Our multidisciplinary speakers include
'Skin' curator Javier Moscoso, fashion
historian Rebecca Arnold, geneticist Walter Bodmer, historian of
art Jill Burke, author of 'A Brief History of Nakedness', Philip
Carr-Gomm, human geographer Glenn Smith and anthropologist and
film-maker Michael Yorke. Friday evening is curated by Steven
Connor, author of 'The Book of Skin'.
Tickets must be booked in advance.
£30 full price/£20 concession for both days,
including drinks on Friday evening and lunch, tea and coffee on
Please call 020 7611 2222 to book.
To accompany our 'Skin'