Prof Deborah Sugg Ryan Lecture: “The Heart of The Home”

Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries is giving the annual Association for Art History annual public lecture on Thursday 3 October, at The Whitworth in Manchester. This talk is designed to show how the practice and history of art and design can help us think and see differently about the world around us.


This will be held in partnership with the Department of Art History and Cultural Practices, University of Manchester and The Whitworth as a Whitworth Studies event. Deborah will talk about the evolution of the design, equipment and use of the modern domestic kitchen as both an actual room and an imagined space. The University of Portsmouth professor will look at the changing practices of work done in the kitchen, throwing class and gender roles into focus.


Her talk will explore how the kitchen has evolved through time, influenced by ideology, socio-economic, cultural, architectural and design visions, and practical conditions. For instance, the kitchen as a space for food preparation, eating and a general ‘lived in’ space. As well as the kitchen as a separate, functional ‘working’ space purely for cooking, cut off from the rest of the house to avoid the smells and fumes of cooking and contact with servants. The talk will unpick the ideals from the lived realities of the kitchen.


If you are interested in the lecture, you can find more information and book your attendance here.

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