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VA13: Turner CONTEMPORARY  discussion WHAT IS ART? 

This talk, featured a number of established artists, critics and curators, who considered how art is defined and who is understood to be an artist. Many important exhibitions have raised these questions recently, including Massimiliano Gioni's The Encyclopedic Palace and The Museum of Everything’s Il Palazzo di Everything at the Venice Biennale and the Hayward Gallery’s The Alternative Guide to the Universe, and Jeremy Deller’s English Magic at the British Pavilion (travelling to Turner Contemporary in 2013). All of which included work by self-taught artists, craft makers, and others not usually seen in major art exhibitions.

The event followed on from Venice Agendas, a series of discussions, events and performances examining issues of live art and art and politics during the preview week of the 55th Venice Biennale. It brings these hot topics direct to Turner Contemporary.

Taking a ‘Question Time’ format, the audience will be invited to debate these sticky issues with the panel.

Invited speakers include: 

Phyllida Barlow, artist,

James Brett, Director of the Museum of Everything;  

Tony Heaton, Chief Executive of SHAPE; 

Alan Kane, artist

Sam Thorne,  Associate Editor, Frieze magazine

Jean Wainwright, writer and curator. 

Lauren Wright, curator at Turner Contemporary


Chaired by critic Sacha Craddock.