Kurt Schwitters' last Merzbau: The Elterwater Merz Barn

KS16: MerzHerbst Guest Lecture, Saturday October 8th, 7.30 pm

Barbecue in the marquee, Autumn School 2013

Barbecue in the marquee, Autumn School 2013

The Merz Barn, Cylinders Estate, Elterwater, Cumbria LA22 9JB

Saturday 8th October Workshops and Seminars

10am – 5pm   Rural craft demonstrations and Merzbau architecture seminars:

  • MAM Merz Art Museum – future plans for a Merzbau/Kurt Schwitters Art Museum;
  • MERZSHED – Zaha Hadid MerzShed project – proposals for a new centre for contemporaryrural art design and architecture;
  • Lakes Pioneer Garden Design – introduction to the Harry Pierce Lakeland landscape gardendesign project (1940s/60s) and environmental reserve at the Cylinders Estate.2 – 5.30pm Seminars:  Schwitters and Dada, Gwyneth Alban printmaking project

Dada 1003⁄4 the Merz Barn Project as a Power Station, generating artistic output around the legacy of Kurt Schwitters and Merz.  Jackie Haynes Kurt Schwitters PhD scholarship artist researcher at University of Cumbria Institute for the Arts, will provide information about a variety of interconnected art events occurring in this centenary year of Dada.

7.30pm Annual Kurt Schwitters lecture:

‘The Afterlife of Dada’ (The fate of Dada under Nazism) Professor Michael White, History of Art, University of York

9pm  ‘The Reading of the Names’

10pm+  MerzHerbst Party music and readings with invited musicians, poets and performers

Sunday 9th 11am – 1pm:  informal seminars and walks in the hills nearby – departure 2pm.

Registration fee: £10.00 (for workshops, seminars, party, and free on site accommodation Friday & Saturday nights) *BBQ dinner extra – suggested donation £5.

Accommodation: Free accommodation available on site (Friday and Saturday nights) in a yurt, two caravans and there is plenty of free camping space on the site. The site also has kitchen, marquees, toilets and a shower. Limited bunk barn accommodation available on request.

For more information please contact Ian Hunter or Celia Larner at the Merz Barn: T. 015394 37309 e. littoral@btopenworld.com w. <www.merzbarn.net>

*Not all artists declared Entartete Kunst were active anti-Nazis. Some like Emil Nolde were pro-Nazi, and continued working, albeit in private, under the Nazi regime. But most were prevented from publicly exhibiting their work, and many departed Germany and sought refuge in Britain and the USA.

All the better to hear you with…my dear, Gwyneth   Heather Ross, Artist and Lecturer at

The University of Central Lancashire. The re-activation of Gwyneth Alban’s letterpress, in conjunction with the book ‘Kurt Schwitters in England,’ by Stefan Themerson, and ‘on being out of touch’, which explores the tension between sound/language and visual/written description, in relation to ornithology.

6 pm BBQ and dinner in the open air (weather permitting) BYO food and drink

Author: https://www.facebook.com/MerzBarnLangdale/?fref=ts

The site where Kurt Schwitters created his last great Merz artwork

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