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Lecture: Making Emmanuel Cooper – David Horbury

November 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Making Emmanuel Cooper: Life and Work from his Memoirs, Letters, Diaries and Interviews, is a new book edited by David Horbury and due for publication in October 2019.

David Horbury will be speaking about potter, Leach pottery biographer, writer, teacher, editor, curator and gay rights activist Emmanuel Cooper.

Edited by Cooper’s long-term partner David Horbury, the book includes unpublished material from diaries, letters and other correspondence, illuminating the journey of an intelligent, if unconfident, working class boy growing up in a small north Derbyshire mining village whose life was transformed, firstly at school, by the magic of clay, and then in adult life by the liberation politics of the late 1960s.

It includes a fascinating account of Emmanuel’s career as a potter as well as his thoughts on a range of issues from the art versus craft debate through to gay marriage and monogamy, as well his passion for folk art, insights into his work at the Royal College of Art and his editorship of the internationally acclaimed Ceramic Review magazine.

Making Emmanuel Cooper also explores his involvement in the gay liberation movement, his journalism for the Morning Star and his part in the creation of the hugely influential Gay Left collective. Cooper was the art critic for the original Gay News and his ground-breaking books on aspects of queer art and culture – including the pioneering The Sexual Perspective – examined issues around sexuality and the visual arts that pre-date the Tate Gallery’s recent Queer Art in Britain show by some thirty years.


£4 Members, £7 Non-Members
FREE for 18’s and under

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November 12, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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