SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF ROMAN STUDIES
ARTEFACT TO ART
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WHAT IS ARTEFACT TO ART?
new art inspired by ancient artefacts
WHY LEICESTER AND THE CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION?
Title image: The Foundry Cup, red-figure kylix from 5th century BCE Athens, depicting artisans in a workshop. Image from Wikimedia Commons, photograph taken by Saliko.
'What is Artefact to Art' image: Wall painting of a woman playing a cithara, from 1st century BCE Boscoreale. Image from Wikimedia Commons.
'Why' image: Relief sculpture on a sarcophagus, showing actors in costume with masks, from the 3rd century CE. Image from Wikimedia Commons.
Can ancient artefacts inspire new works of art? What is the difference between artists in the ancient world and today? Are the creative processes of today different or similar to those of the past?
Artefact to Art is a project organised by the University of Leicester in collaboration with the Classical Association, which aims to explore these and other questions about ancient art and modern creativity.
Check out our competition, events, and teaching resources!
And take a look at our sister project, Modern Classicisms!
As a combined School of Archaeology and Ancient History, here at Leicester we are excited about what ancient objects can tell us about antiquity, as well as about classical texts.
From 6-9th April 2018, we will be hosting the Annual Meeting of the Classical Association, the UK's leading organisation for the promotion and development of the Classics. As part of the preparations for this, we are launching the 'Artefact to Art' programme.
Welcome to the wonderful world of ancient artefacts!