20. German Talk – Follow-up

Hello German Talkers,

thank you very much to those of you who made it to the first in-person German Talk since pre-pandemic times. I hope you enjoyed Angus McBean’s wonderful works.

As always, please find below the PDF with the (almost) verbatim version of the talk. You can download and print it free of charge, but please be aware that all images are subject to copyright.

I’m planning to do another German Talk before the end of the year and will publish the date on this website in due time.

All the best wishes, und hoffentlich bis bald,


20. ‘German Talk’ – Make/Believe: Photography of/by Angus McBean, School of Art, 7th September 2022

Dear German Talkers, 

I hope you are all doing well. 

I am very happy to announce that I will be hosting the first in-person German Talk since March 2020 on the 7th September at 5.30pm! I hope you are as excited as me and will be able to make it. 

I will be talking about the life and work of Welsh photographer Angus McBean (1904-1990). Our undergraduates have been putting the exhibition together as part of their module ‘Creating an Exhibition: Researching, Interpreting and Displaying’, and, if you are at all interested in photography and/or the glittery world of mid-20th century film, dance, music and theatre, then this one is definitely for you. 

Bis bald? 

All the best wishes,


19. (digital) German Talk – Eileen Harrisson: ‘A Sorrowful Healing’

Dear German Talkers,

I hope you are all doing well.

This talk is about Eileen Harrisson’s PhD-exhibition A Sorrowful Healing, which is currently on at the School of Art Gallery until the 11th March.

You can simply click on the below video to watch and listen. The PDF contains the verbatim text of the voice-over, including some vocabulary.

Please be aware that this exhibition is about the Troubles in Northern Ireland, so the talk contains images, sounds and descriptions of events that you might find upsetting.

Feel free to download the PDF for your own private usage, but please be aware that all texts, sounds and images on the document and in the presentation are under copyright.

If you would like to visit the exhibition, please book your free ticket here in advance: soaexhibition.eventbrite.co.uk

The School of Art Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 10am-5pm.

All the best wishes,


You can adjust the quality of the video by clicking on ‘AUTO’ in the lower right corner and choose the highest pixel option.

18. (digital) German Talk – Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte

Dear German Talkers,

I hope you are all well and that you will have the chance to catch up with your friends and families during the festive season – despite Corona.

I spontaneously decided to create another digital German Talk, because I realised that I published the last one quite some time ago. So I entered all sorts of ‘Christmassy’ keywords into our collection’s database to see what images would pop up. Given that I always have to respect copyrights, Victorian illustrations were the safest option. According to what the database had to offer me, I wrote the following little Christmas story. It is an old-fashioned, cosy tale from times gone by, which will hopefully distract you for a short while from the worries of the real world.

The PDF includes the verbatim script and a list of vocabulary as it appears in the text. Just click on the link to open the presentation. I’m still not perfectly happy with the sound, but hope you will have no problems understanding everything.

Have a lovely Christmas and a great start into 2022!

All the best wishes,



17. (digital) German Talk – ‘Picture a Dog’-Exhibition at the School of Art Galleries

Dear German Talkers,

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the summer.

The good news is that our School of Art galleries are open to the public again. However, due to the ongoing situation, visits need to be booked in advance and visitor numbers have to be kept limited. You will find a link through which you can book your (free) visit below. Continue reading

16. (digital) German Talk – Veronica Calarco’s PhD Exhibition ‘This is a Language Warning!’

Dear German Talkers,

I hope you are all doing well during these unfortunately still very unsettling times.

Because we are currently still unable to open our School of Art Galleries to the public, I decided to put together another ‘digital’ German Talk to give you a chance to see some of Veronica Calarco’s great works, which comprise part of her PhD in Fine Art, and to maybe expand your German vocabulary a bit more at the same time. The below presentation will only show part of her work, but you will find a link to her online exhibition in this text and in the presentation, if you would like to see all her images. Continue reading

15. (Digital) German Talk – Eine Reise auf dem Nil (A Journey on the Nile)

Dear German Talkers,

I hope you all had a lovely summer – despite the on-going situation.

Given that many of us are currently not able or prefer not to go on any trips, I thought I might take you on a virtual journey on the river Nile in this talk. I came across a variety of 19th century photographs of Egypt in our School of Art collection and, as I did a wonderful Nile cruise myself years ago, thought it might be a nice topic for a German Talk. I tried to keep it short, but discovered in the end that it is possibly the longest Talk I have created so far. However, at least you can go through it at your own pace, listening and reading as much as you like at a time. Because of the length of the Talk, I decided not to add any extra exercises, but you will find some vocabulary within the text. I hope you will find it interesting and enjoyable. Continue reading

14. (Digital) German Talk – June 2020 – Frederick Walker – 19th. Century Illustrator

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13. German Talk – Follow-up


it was lovely seeing you all yesterday, and I hope you enjoyed the talk and the exhibtions. For those who couldn’t make it, they are still open until the 1st May 2020, Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm (closed Easter 10th – 17th April).

As usual, you can download and print a copy of the talk for personal use. All content and images are subject to copyright:

13. German Talk – A Radical Tradition Text – 4 March 2020

The next German Talk will be advertised here and in the other usual places, such as the EGO magazine, as soon as possible. However, I am actually in the process of planning and curating an exhibition for the summer (my very first!), so I probably won’t have the time to organise another German Talk before the middle or end of June.

All the very best und bis bald,


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