'Friday Focus' Hunterian Weekly Talk Series

Fridays at 1.00pm
Free - registration required

Join us online for our 'Friday Focus' Hunterian Weekly Talk series, every Friday at 1.00pm via Zoom. Talks last 15-20 minutes with time for questions afterwards.

All registered attendees will be sent the Zoom link two days before the event and again prior to starting. 

Old Collections and New Challenges 
Friday 17 March 2023

Hear from Hunterian Director Steph Scholten as he discusses The Hunterian's commitment to return human remains and other culturally significant heritage items. Within the context of the Hunterian collection Steph examines the issues, successes and complexities surrounding repatriation.

Please note: unlike our usual Friday Focus talks, this will not be live and instead will be pre-recorded.

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Art Meets Science: Displaying The Hunterian's Indian Miniatures 
Friday 24 March 2023

Art Curator Joseph Sharples and Michela Botticelli of Technical Art History will take a closer look at our portrait miniatures from the Mughal dynasty, exploring the history behind these objects and taking a deep dive into their composition. 

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New Contemporary Art Acquisitions
Friday 31 March 2023

Contemporary Art Curator Dominic Paterson looks at our recent acquisitions to our contemporary art collection. 

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Friday 7 and Friday 14 April 2023 

The First Folio at the University of Glasgow
Friday 21 April 2023

2023 marks the 400th birthday of The First Folio, the first printed edition of William Shakespeare’s collected plays. The First Folio collection contains 36 plays, 18 of which were here published for the first time, thus saving such works as The Tempest and Macbeth from probable extinction. Join Julie Gardham, Librarian at the University of Glasgow's Archives and Special Collections to find out more about the University's copy of this rare book and its significance.

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Shakespeare's First Folios Across Scotland
Friday 28 April 2023

To celebrate the 400th birthday of Shakespeare's First Folio, three copies in Scottish collections will go on public display including that of the University of Glasgow, the National Library of Scotland and Mount Stuart Trust. Join The Mount Stuart Trust’s Librarian, Elizabeth Ingham and The National Library of Scotland’s Head of Rare Books, Maps and Music, Helen Vincent and find out more about their First Folios.

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Previous talks

You can watch previous talks here on our Youtube channel. 

Robert Burns and Mary Queen of Scots
Friday 27 January 2023

Join Dr Rhona Brown as she explores the reception of Mary Queen of Scots and her legacy in 18th-century Scotland and her complex role in the evolution of Jacobitism, before focusing on Robert Burns’s many pronouncements and memorialisations of ‘the Unfortunate Mary.’

Dr Rhona Brown is Senior Lecturer in 18th-century Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow.

The Coinage of Mary Queen of Scots
Friday 3 February 2023

In this talk, PhD candidate Cameron Maclean will showcase some of the coins from The Hunterian collection to illustrate the various events, controversies and changing political and religious circumstances of Mary’s tumultuous reign.

The Doctor
Friday 10 February 2023

This week's Friday Focus online talk is about one of our recent acquisitions, The Doctor. This major work by artist Alexandra Bircken was acquired for us through the Valeria Napoleone XX Contemporary Art Society (VNXXCAS) initiative.

The Art Gallery Rehang
Friday 17 February 2023

Hunterian art curator Lola Sanchez-Jauregui will be talking about the changes we're making to the Gallery and the overarching themes. Lola will share details of the new display, which will feature an incredible array of artworks from across The Hunterian's permanent collection and will challenge exisiting principles.

The Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists
Friday 24 February 2023

The Hunterian houses a significant collection of Scottish art, with works by leading figures from the period 1750 to 1960. The Hunterian’s collection of Glasgow Boys and Scottish Colourists is one of the most important and extensive in a public collection. In this Friday Focus, art curator Anne Dulau Beveridge will discuss the Hunterian's collection of these works and will highlight how our new displays will look at these important collections from fresh perspectives.

Friday 3 March 2023

This Friday Focus will be an in-conversation edition, with two members of the curatorial team for Elizabeth Price's exhibition UNDERFOOT discussing its key themes. Dr Fiona Jardine (The Glasgow School of Art) and Dr Dominic Paterson (The Hunterian) will discuss the making of UNDERFOOT, Price's new video and textile commissions for The Hunterian.

Portrait Painting in 17th Century Scotland
Friday 10 March 2023

Join art historian Carla van de Puttelaar who'll be discussing portraiture development in 17th century Scotland and how emulation and imitation played a significant role, with a specific look at the portrait series in the Hunterian Art Gallery ascribed to John Scougall.


First published: 28 February 2022

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