Visiting & Events

Picturing Shakespeare: Shakespeare and the Visual Imagination

  • 04 - 06 September 2019
  • 9.00AM - 5.00PM
  • Not a public event  |  Booking required: Yes
  • Multiple buildings (see event details)  |  Directions

About | Picturing Shakespeare: Shakespeare and the Visual Imagination

Exploring the visual influences of Shakespeare’s work, this conference is interested to receive submissions from colleagues interested in painting, illustration, comics, Manga, film, television, games, new and interactive media, photography, puppets, design, designed objects – indeed anything visual which appertains to Shakespeare, either influencing him, or showing his influence upon others.

All accepted papers will be read in the conference. Papers are therefore strictly limited to between 15 - 20 minutes maximum. Submissions are to be sent to Ronan Paterson by 9 August 2019.

Although Shakespeare is frequently thought of primarily in relation to text, it is often the visual imagery associated with him which is most memorable. Think, for example of the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet. There is only one small problem – Shakespeare never mentions a balcony. The balcony scene was invented by illustrators.

Despite having created so many memorable characters and images in his writing Shakespeare, the most invisible of all writers inside his own creations, has, however, become one of the most iconic of all figures in visual representations., seen all over the world. His plays are early recruits to every new storytelling medium, and he has in many ways replaced traditional mythologies in giving the whole world a range of shared cultural references to be shown, parodied, plundered, plagiarised and used as source material for every kind of presentation, from cinematic blockbusters to advertisements for meat paste. He has been rendered in almost every sort of physical medium, from marble to Lego, and many of his characters too, (although so far only Hamlet, and Spiderman as Macbeth have so far made it into dedicated Lego figures).

Conference fee
The conference, with keynotes, plenaries, panels, seminars, performances, screenings and exhibitions, will take place on Teesside University’s Middlesbrough campus.

The conference fee has deliberately been set low, at £80 for the three days for Early Bird booking, and includes lunch. *

*For any Chinese delegates, funding has been received which covers the conference fees of anyone who is a Chinese national or who teaches in a Chinese university.


- The Baltimore Hotel, 250 Marton Road, Middlesbrough
Free Wifi, bar, free parking, 24 hour desk. This is the budget option. They have agreed a rate of £55 per night bed and breakfast. It is a taxi ride from the station, a short walk from the University (about 10 minutes). Ask for the special conference rate. Delegates have stayed here before, and spoken highly of it as a budget hotel.

- Holiday Inn Express, Centre Square, Middlesbrough
This hotel charges £5 a day for parking. All facilities. This is the nearest hotel to the University. It is a short walk from the station, on the way towards the University. They have offered 10% off their current flexible rate (check website). Quote Teesside University when booking. Couldn't be more convenient.

- Jury's Inn, Fry Street, Middlesbrough
This is a more up-market hotel than the others, slightly more expensive, (although offering a good rate), and slightly further than the Holiday Inn, but not much. Still only six or seven minutes from the campus, and an easy walk. They are offering a rate of £80 a night, quote Teesside University when booking.