National Museum of Art Lecture Series 2012 - supported by the Art Fund
Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre
6.30pm, Tickets £5 / Concession £4
Tickets are available from the Art Fund: 0844 415 4100
David Alston, Arts Director, Arts Council of Wales, in conversation with Merlin James, Laura Ford and Tim Davies.
The Venice Biennale was established in 1895 and remains one of the most important and prestigious events in the international, contemporary art world.
Since 2003 Wales has been independently represented as a devolved nation. For those artists who are chosen to exhibit it is a key international platform. This lecture explores Wales’s representation in Venice and also hears from three artists who have been selected to exhibit for Wales.
Who was John Piper? How did he become so famous in his day? And why, since his death in 1992, has his work been so very much to the fore in books, cultural discussions and art exhibitions?
Piper, it now seems, is a key figure in the history of twentieth-century British Art. He was both committed to the new, but also passionately interested in the past and sought to revive, in modern terms, certain native traditions.
This talk by Professor Frances Spalding, CBE, looks at Piper’s contribution to a cultural shift which, as it unfolded fully in the 1940s, proved bold, timely and necessary, and of undeniable cultural significance.
With Gaye Blake Roberts, Director of the Wedgwood Museum.
Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) is celebrated as a pioneering innovator, not only in the history of ceramics but also as a retailer and a social reformer.
In her lecture, Gaye will examine the influence of this remarkable man, including references to Wales and its ceramics industry.
Concessions apply to: National Art Pass holders, Patrons of Amgueddfda Cymru - National Museum Wales, Friends of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Students, Disabled, OAPs & Unwaged.