Flint Jack Library Discussion

  • Henry Moore Institute
  • Tuesday, 24 September 2019
  • Library Discussion with Sean Lynch, Dan Hicks and Jo Melvin, 5pm

Sean Lynch’s exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute revolves around the life and times of “Flint Jack”, a nineteenth-century Yorkshire antiquarian, vagabond and highly skilled artisan, who sold fake megalithic axe heads and ceramic and stone carving forgeries.

Despite their lack of historical providence and verification, these objects still populate many UK museums. In The Rise and Fall of Flint Jack on display in the Sculpture Research Library, a collection of Flint Jack artifacts, Lynch’s own attempts at forgery, video and printed matter all come together to tell a story about material culture, historical agency and mischievous forms of artmaking.

Join us for a lively discussion on these topics and more, with the artist Sean Lynch, Professor Dan Hicks (University of Oxford/Pitt Rivers Museum) and Dr Jo Melvin (Chelsea School of Art).

About the speakers

Sean Lynch was educated at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. Alongside representing Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 2015, he has held recent solo exhibitions at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2017); Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver (2016); Rose Art Museum, Boston (2016); Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2016) and Modern Art Oxford (2014), among many others. In 2015-16 he curated group exhibitions at Flat Time House, London, and Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford, and was recently Audain Distinguished Artist-In-Residence at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. He is currently Visiting Professor of Sculpture at Carnegie Mellon School of Art, Pittsburgh.

Dan Hicks is Professor of Contemporary Archaeology at the University of Oxford, Curator at Pitt Rivers Museum, and a Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. He has published widely on material and visual culture from the recent past and the near present. His most recent books are Lande: the Calais 'Jungle' and Beyond (with Sarah Mallet, Bristol University Press 2019), Archaeology and Photography (with Lesley McFadyen, Bloomsbury 2019) and Isle of Rust (with Alex Boyd and Jonathan Meades, Luath Press 2019). Twitter: @ProfDanHicks

Jo Melvin is a curator and writer, Reader in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, London and director of the Barry Flanagan Estate. Current exhibition projects Barry Flanagan retrospective Ikon Gallery, 2019, Sean Dower PLUNK, BOUM, KRASH, ZZZT at Laure Genillard Gallery, London. Recent exhibitions include Language Games, Franca with Cannara, PG, Italy, and MACHISMO Machismo, Villa Lontana, Roma with Vittoria Bonifati. Publications in 2019 are Gene Beery, FriArts, Switzerland and David Nash, National Gallery of Wales.  Guest critic with The Brooklyn Rail, New York, Fifteen people present their favourite book and Forgotten Moments; Future Exhibitions. In 2018 she was guest curator with the Mahler & LeWitt Studios, Spoleto, Italy, where she devised a residency, symposium and publication-as-exhibition project in collaboration with Viaindustriae, Foligno, Radio Arte Mobile, Rome.


This event is free of charge and open to all, but booking is advised. For more information please contact Kirstie Gregory, our Research Coordinator.

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Venue details

Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

Opening times

Open 7 days a week, except Bank Holidays, from 10am to 5pm and until 8pm on Wednesdays.
Galleries are closed on Mondays.

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