Leeds College of Art
Invites you to an evening with Bob and Roberta Smith
6.00pm Thursday 21 May 2015
Patrick Brill, better known by his pseudonym Bob and Roberta Smith is a British contemporary artist, writer, author, musician and art education advocate. Bob will talk about his creative journey and career and discuss how art is an important element in democratic life. Bob will also talk through his recent artworks created around his political campaign such as the ‘Letter to Michael Gove’, a huge placard carrying a diatribe of almost 1,000 words. Please join us from 6pm at Blenheim Walk on Thursday 21 May, for drinks. Prior to the talk there will be a range of goods on sale from the local independent art and design bookstore Colours May Vary.
Campaigning on behalf of the arts has long been a key part of his work, and he believes “all schools should be art schools”. Bob is currently standing as an independent candidate in the forthcoming general election, in the Surrey Heath constituency for which Gove is currently a member of parliament.
Smith paints slogans in a unique brightly coloured lettering style on banners and discarded boards of wood and exhibits them in galleries of contemporary art across the world. The slogans are usually humorous musing on art, politics, popular culture, Great Britain and the world in general and they often support his activist campaigns.
In 2013, Bob launched the Art Party with Crescent Arts, Scarborough. The Art Party seeks to better advocate the arts to Government. The Art Party is not a formal political party, but is a loose grouping of artists and organisations who are deeply concerned about the Government diminishing the role of all the arts and design in schools.
Bob was an Artist Trustee of Tate between 2009 and 2013, and he is currently a trustee for the National Campaign for the Arts and a patron of the National Society for Education in Art & Design. He has recently been elected to be a Royal Academician and is Associate Professor at the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design at London Metropolitan University and course leader for the Master of Fine Arts programme.
Lynn Barber (The Times) said of Smith that “I see him as a sort of Ian Dury of the art world, someone who keeps on trucking, doing his own thing, making absolutely no concessions to fashion or marketability, but generally giving pleasure to everyone who comes across him.”
Bob graduated from the University of Reading and received a scholarship during that time to The British School at Rome. He then completed his MA at Goldsmiths College, London.
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Please note that the £5 fee is refundable if you attend the event. The amount will be transferred back into your account the day after the event.
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Creative Networks is Leeds College of Art's major professional events programme with talks from a diverse group of high profile speakers from across the creative industries to entertain, challenge and make us think.
For the 2016/17 academic year we are focusing our attention on our partners, collaborators and people contributing great things to the arts, creative industries and the city of Leeds, along with our alumni, students and staff to create a buzz at each event.
Our events are still free of charge, although we have introduced a refundable deposit so we can accurately calculate attendance.
Parking – due to the building works at the college, parking is not currently available on site. The nearest pay and display car park in Woodhouse Lane Car Park (LS2 3AX).
Transport - Leeds College of Art is approximately 15 minutes walk from Leeds Train Station. Several buses run past the Blenheim Walk campus, including the number 1, 6, and 97.
If you would like to arrive early for this event then please take some time to visit the Blenheim Walk Gallery Space. On the day of the event we will have an exhibition from alexandra p. spaulding. She is an American sound artist specialising in aural, immersive installations. For more information on our programme of exhibitions please visit the College website http://www.leeds-art.ac.uk/.
Here at Leeds College of Art we run a wide range of courses including degree programmes, further education courses and access courses in creative disciplines. Until July, we will also be running short courses, evening courses and a Saturday Art School for children and young people from 9-18 years.
For more info on how you can join us contact: 0113 202 8000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.leeds-art.ac.uk.