October 6, 1995

ARIADNE'S THREAD. "Ariadne's Thread" is a solo exhibition of sculpture and prints by Helen Kenny which draws on the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Ms Kenny studied at La Cambre in Brussels and Oxford University, but now exhibits her work internationally. Ariadne's guiding thread is the basis for the works in the exhibition. Here chaos and confusion have turned to order and calm, incorporating the traditional concept of a maze as a voyage of self-discovery or rebirth.

The exhibition is showing at Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford, until October 29. Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10.30am-1pm and 2- 5.30pm, Sunday 2-5.30pm. Information Lucy Whitaker, Christ Church Picture Gallery. Tel: 01865 6172.


The Political Studies Association will hold an Urban Politics Group seminar on "Race and Gender in Urban Politics" at Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London, on October 20 from 10.30am-4pm. The seminar will be split into participation and mobilisation and public policy. Speakers include: John Solomos, Helen Margetts, Joni Lovenduski, Andrew Geddes, Shamit Saggar and Michael Keith. Information: Peter John, Department of Politics, Keele University, Keele, ST5 5BG. Tel: 01783 583452. Email:


The Learning from Experience Trust is holding a conference at the Policy Studies Institute, London, on October 24. The theme will be: Learning from our Experience - Looking to the Future, and the programme will include a report on the results of a new survey into students who have graduated with prior and experiential learning. Information: Helen Bowles/Ann Chapman, Learning from Experience Trust, Anglia Polytechnic University, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford, CM1 1LL. Tel: 01245 348779.


A conference on D. H. Lawrence has been organised for July 11-16, 1996, which will include lectures, panels and short papers. The organisers are inviting 200-word synopses from anyone interested in presenting a 20-minute paper at the conference. The deadline is January 31, 1996. Please write to: Peter Preston, Associate Director, D.H. Lawrence Centre, Cherry Tree Buildings, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD. Tel: 0115 9513716/fax 9513711. Email:


The organisers of an international conference on CAD/CAM Robotics and Factories of the Future are inviting papers on the following themes: lean manufacturing; total quality management; cellular manufacture; robotics and automation; knowledge based systems; artificial intelligence; machine vision; agile manufacturing; concurrent engineering; rapid prototyping; management of change; logistics; information systems and CAD, CAM, CIM and CAE. Abstracts of not more than 300 words must be submitted by January 26, 1996. Information: Frida Attrams, Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics Centre, Middlesex University, Bounds Green Road, London N11 2NQ. Tel: 0181 362 5208.

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