SYMPOSIUM: What is the Future for Painting?
Saturday 16 February, 2013, 10.30am – 4pm
A panel of experts including painters, art historians, curators, and gallery owners discuss issues around contemporary painting.
Booking essential £10 includes light lunch and refreshments during the day.
· Ben Street: Art Critic and Historian
· Christopher Stevens : Exhibiting Artist
· Maria Bonner: Art Historian
· Nick Pace : Exhibition curator and exhibiting artist
· Rebecca Raynor : Art Historian
· Shaun Caton : Exhibiting artist
A review of current trends in painting offers an opportunity for rigorous debate, encouraging critical analysis as well as examination of the current art market, helping artists to reflect deeply on their practice and for art critics to experience the creative perspective. Areas for debate will include: Why do we paint rather than use other mediums? What are the current trends in the art market? How does contemporary painting challenge traditional notions of beauty and expression? The event will be of particular interest to people embarking on a career in curating, fine art painting or arts management.
The day will include:
· Tour of the exhibition with curator Patrick O’Donnell and Nick Pace
· Brief talk on the role of painting in Art History: Rebecca Raynor, University of Sussex
· First panel discussion: ‘What is the role of painting in contemporary society?’
· Presentation and screening of video from live performance: Shaun Caton http://www.shauncaton.co.uk/
· Second panel discussion ‘What is the impact of technological development on contemporary painting?’
The symposium accompanies the exhibition ’32 Paintings’ 9 Feb – 24 March
This show celebrates the painting medium, presenting a diverse mix of artists with a plurality of themes and approaches. It will provoke questions surrounding contemporary painting practice – What are the current trends in painting? How does contemporary painting challenge traditional notions of beauty and expression? What continues to compel so many people to pick up the brush?
Work in the show will span genres from figurative to abstract, photorealist to gestural, and from staged compositions to ephemeral performances. Some artists combine several approaches within a single canvas, and all display a virtuosity with the medium.
Curated by painters Patrick O’Donnell and Nicholas Pace, the exhibition offers visitors a rare opportunity to view an ambitious painting show in Brighton and a chance to decide for themselves on the relevance of painting within contemporary art practice.
Artists include: Louise Bristow, Matthew Burrows, Shaun Caton, Chris Gilvan Cartwright, Keith Esdale, Stig Evans, June Frickleton, Andrew Gifford, David Harkins, Tom Hammick, Emily Jolley, Christopher Kettle, Sam Lock, Anne Magill, Enzo Marra, Karin Mori, Tamsin Morse, Patrick O’Donnell, Nicholas Pace, Alan Rankle, Tania Rutland, Sarah Shaw, Sonia Stanyard, Christopher Stevens, Christine Tongue, Joshua Uvieghara, Julian Vilarubbi, Richard Whadcock, Alice Wisden, Dawei Xiang