University researcher to give keynote talk at the Courtauld Institute

Malcolm Innes to speak at prestigious annual art event

Date posted

12 December 2016


Last updated

19 March 2020

An Edinburgh Napier researcher is to give a keynote talk at a prestigious gathering of some of the country’s leading art professionals.  

Malcolm Innes, reader in design and subject specialist in light design, has been invited to deliver the final talk at the Courtauld Institute’s distinguished 2016 Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series. 

The annual public event, which will take place on 13 December within London’s Somerset House, will this year explore the significance of light and darkness in making, viewing and thinking about visual and material cultures. 

Playing host to a range of leading art historians, museum curators and design professionals from across the country, the event will see Malcolm share his expert knowledge of creative conservation lighting for museum and gallery environments with the audience. He will also lead a group of the Courtauld Institute’s PhD students on a lighting tour of the V&A museum, along with V&A curator Glyn Davis, the following day. 

His representation at the series signals the end of a busy semester for Malcolm, who has also completed invited presentations at professional and public events in Sao Paulo, Vilnius and Edinburgh in recent months. 

Malcolm said: “I’m thrilled to have been invited to talk at what is such a highly-regarded and respected event within the art community and I’m looking forward to sharing my research on lighting for museum and gallery environments with attendees. 

“The Courtauld Institute provides an exceptional environment for research and learning and I’m honoured to be part of a unique and diverse line-up of scholars speaking at the event.”

The Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series is one of two annual distinguished lecture series at The Courtauld. This series was established in 1989, as a result of a bequest from the F.M. Kirby Foundation, in honour of Frank Davis, who was a critic for Country Life magazine. The bequest has allowed The Courtauld to invite internationally renowned scholars to come to the institute to speak about their work in a public forum.

For further information on the Institute and the lecture series, please visit here.

To watch Malcolm's keynote live on Tuesday, 13 December at 5.30pm GMT, please visit here.

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