Artists talk: War in 3 dimensions

Tuesday 26th April 2016 at 7pm

The Chapel of St Barnabas

We are in the age of constant war and instant images; photography, TV, with press, combatants and civilians tweeting and posting online.  How can artists find validity within their solid, 3D practice to talk about issues of conflict? And what has been the reaction of different audiences?

At this event in our beautiful chapel sculptors Hew Locke, Michael Sandle RA & Tim Shaw RA , moderated by Indra Khanna, discussed how they attack these topics in their work.

Image credit: “Mother, The Air is Blue, The Air is Dangerous” by Tim Shaw, installation, 2014

Peter Liversidge and Iwona Blazwick: in Correspondence

Tuesday 15th September 2015 at 7.30pm

The Drawing Room at The House of St Barnabas

Vital Arts, the arts organisation for Barts Health NHS Trust, hosted this talk to coincide with their exhibition of limited editions in the Garden Room at The House of St Barnabas with artist Peter Liversidge in conversation with Whitechapel Gallery director Iwona Blazwick.

Liversidge spent six-months as an Artist-in-Residence with Vital Arts at the Royal London Hospital, and developed a site-specific commission that is installed in the hospital’s new building.  The Artist and Blazwick discussed collaboration, archives, music and Liversidge’s practice, which centres on the writing of Proposals for potential artworks. They also talked about his commission for Vital Arts, and his time as Artist-in-Residence at the Royal London Hospital, when he delved into the history of the hospital and the Whitechapel area.

On the evening there was a sound clash—one of the artist’s signature music events as well as a re-performing of Liversidge’s infamous Gin Performance, during which everyone attending the talk was offered a gin & tonic in a limited edition etched glass, which were able to keep as a memento of the event.

Following the talk there was a book signing of the publication Liversidge produced with Vital Arts.

Talk with artist Doug Fishbone

Wednesday 15th July at 7:30pm 

The Drawing Room at The House of St Barnabas

Would you be able to tell an Old Masters painting from a replica? What gives art it’s value? What defines authorship? What happens to a work of art when it is hung in a gallery setting?

This talk saw artist Doug Fishbone discuss his radical Made in China at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.

The world’s first purpose-built public art gallery, the Dulwich Picture Gallery houses one of Europe’s finest collections of Old Masters paintings. For Made in China, Fishbone switched one of the museum’s masterpieces with an inexpensive replica commissioned in China, challenging audiences to see if they could spot the intruder.

Placed in its original frame, in its customary place on the gallery wall, the painting was hidden in plain sight, making the whole collection suddenly open to suspicion, and raising a range of questions about authenticity, originality, aura, and the power of institutional contexts to frame our perception.

Of over 3000 visitors who guessed which one they thought was the replica, only about 10% were able to identify it. Even some famous art critics guessed incorrectly, revealing some of the complexities at work in how we perceive what is right in front of us.