Anthony Luvera (Artist. Principal Lecturer and Course Director of Photography, Coventry University) gave the keynote address for the ‘Subject of Study – Collaboration in Research and Artistic Practice’ conference held on 17 November 2016 at the Manchester School of Art. The conference opened with an afternoon of researcher lead discussion, exploring different forms of collaborative practice and relationships between the agency of individuals engaged in collaborative research and the institutional or disciplinary context in which they operate. This was followed by an early evening reception and keynote by artist, writer and educator, Anthony Luvera whose work explores tensions between authorship (or artistic control) and participation, and the ethics involved in representing other people’s lives. The keynote was immediately followed by a response and conversation with discussant Pauline Hadaway (Curator and Doctoral Researcher, University of Manchester) and chaired by Fionna Barber (Lecturer, Art History, Manchester School of Art – Manchester Metropolitan University). This event was made possible through the generous support of the University of Manchester’s artsmethods and the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership.
Through his work and the relationships upon which it is based, Anthony Luvera is interested in exploring the tension between authorship (or artistic control) and participation, and the ethics involved in representing other people’s lives. Anthony will present a recent body of work, Assembly, created in Brighton between 2013 and 2014, where people used cameras and digital sound recorders to capture their experience of homelessness. Later, in conversation with PGR, creative producer and former director of Belfast Exposed, Pauline Hadaway, Anthony will talk about his work creating long-term photographic projects with people experiencing homelessness in cities and towns across the UK, including the on going Assisted Self Portraits project and Residency, exhibited in 2008 by Belfast Exposed, which featured a series of assisted self-portraits made over a sixteen-month period in the city.