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Anarchists committed the ultimate breach of civil rule; they dug up a neat strip of ground from Parliament Square and placed it as a green â€˜mohican’ on the head of the statue of Sir Winston Churchill.
Professor Paul Gough is Pro Vice-Chancellor Design and Social Context and Vice-President of RMIT University, based in Melbourne, Australia. A painter, broadcaster and writer he has exhibited internationally and is represented in the permanent collection of the Imperial War Museum, London, the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, and the National War Memorial, New Zealand. In addition to roles in national and international higher education, his research into the imagery of war and peace has been presented to audiences throughout the world. In addition to an exhibiting record he has published a monograph on Stanley Spencer: Journey to Burghclere, in 2006; A Terrible Beauty: British Artists in the First World War in 2010, and Your Loving Friend, the edited correspondence between Stanley Spencer and Desmond Chute, in 2011. Books on the street artist Banksy were published in 2012, and on painters John and Paul Nash in 2014.
Paul Gough trained as a painter in England completing a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art, London. He has exhibited globally and is represented in permanent collections in Great Britain, Canada and New Zealand.
His doctoral thesis examined the radicalisation of visual language in the First World War, and he has since published his research in a number of fields including art history, visual culture and memory studies. His most recent of six books examined the commissioned war work of the British painters John and Paul Nash. His divergent research interests cover the representation of peace, guerrilla gardening and peace parks, and the work of the Bristol-born artist Banksy.
As part of the centenary commemoration of the Great War he curated a number of exhibitions and was a design adviser to the Royal Mint regarding commemorative coinage. During a decade in television Paul presented and helped produce too many arts and culture programs, documentaries and, on one memorable occasion shared a TV stage with the Melbourne-born actor Leigh Bowery.
Fields of Vision
During the May Day Riots in London in 2000, anarchists committed the ultimate breach of civil rule; they dug up a neat strip of ground from Parliament Square and placed it as a green ‘mohican’ on the head of the statue of Sir Winston Churchill. It was not the violation of the venerable veteran that so upset middle England it was the tearing up of the turf that struck at the heart of accepted propriety. The meticulously manicured lawn has long been a marker of imperial supremacy, exported to territories and climates where the maintenance of flat expanses of lush green grass is expensive and time-consuming. This illustrated lecture takes us on a ramble across a number of grassy tracts, fields, and ‘memoryscapes’. On the way we will examine issues of territory, trauma and turf war, but also remembrance and reverie.