Light Entertainment: Panel Discussion, Wednesday 4 October, 19.00

Regular price £10.00

To celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, Georgian Illuminations, join us for a discussion focussing on the theme of light in public entertainments in the Georgian era and today. With co-curator Dr Melanie Doderer-Winkler, conservator Zenzie Tinker and installation artist Nayan Kulkarni.

Melanie Doderer-Winkler will outline celebrated light shows of the period and the impressive and the elaborate temporary architectural structures created for them, often designed by leading architects and artists including Soane. Conservator Zenzie Tinker will describe the process of preparing the newly discovered vast linen transparencies, which were back lit in Georgian windows as patriotic decoration during the Napoleonic Wars, and which are displayed for the first time in the Foyle Space. Installation artist Nayan Kulkarni will discuss his commissioned light work that illuminates the Museum’s façade for the duration of the exhibition, a constantly changing display of abstract geometries inspired by Soane’s own use of light. The discussion will be moderated by Dr Louise Stewart, Head of Exhibitions and co-curator of the exhibition.

About the Speakers

Dr Melanie Doderer-Winkler, co-curator of Georgian Illuminations, is an art historian and former furniture specialist at Christie’s, King's Street, London. She is the author of Magnificent Entertainments: Temporary Architecture for Georgian Festivals (Yale University Press, 2013) and writes and lectures about the splendour and pageantry of eighteenth-century entertaining. Melanie is the Overseas Events Secretary of the Furniture History Society and is also a trustee of The Georgian Group, Britain's premier architectural preservation charity.

Nayan Kulkarni  is a multimedia artist whose work engages with ideas of site specificity, time, technology and perception. These themes are manifested in work that is generated from specific concepts, processes or places through diverse media such as light, video, installation, sculpture and photography. Underpinning his practice is an ongoing theoretical and technological research base in digital media and computer controlled artificial light. Supporting this research is his interest in contemporary and historical science fiction, photographic theory and architectural theory.

Zenzie Tinker ACR leads the UK’s largest independent textile conservation studio in the UK, where the never previously exhibited linen transparencies featured in Georgian Illuminations have recently undergone conservation.  After a History of Design degree, Zenzie completed an apprenticeship in textile and tapestry conservation in 1988 followed by the Museums Association Certificate in Textile Conservation in 1991. She then worked as a conservator and senior conservator at the Museum of London and the Victoria & Albert Museum until 2003 when she set up her studio in Brighton. The studio undertake work for a wide range of clients including the historic houses, national and international museums and private collectors. She served as an accreditation assessor for ICON for ten years and is currently Conservation Advisor for the Royal Courts of Justice Legal Dress Collection in London.

Dr Louise Stewart is Head of Exhibitions at Sir John Soane’s Museum. A  curator and art historian with broad research interests in social history and visual culture, she has previously worked for various museums, galleries and arts organisations including the National Portrait Gallery, Nottingham Contemporary, The National Centre for Craft and Design and Ordinary Culture.  She completed her PhD at the University of Nottingham in 2015 and her doctoral research focused on court and country house entertainments in early modern England. Stewart has published widely on topics including popular portraiture, royal iconography, Tudor banqueting and contemporary art.

About the event

You will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition, Georgian Illuminations, both before and after the talk.

Wednesday 4 October, 2023
Doors open at 6.30pm
Talk 7–8pm
Exhibition viewing 8–8.30pm

We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-century building, so access is not always straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking on or 020 7405 2107.

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Tickets are refundable up to 7 days before the event, after which point they are non-refundable or exchangeable.

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