“Never again shall a single story be told as though it were the only one.”
Art critic, artist, novelist, political radical, poet—John Berger can easily be described as all five.
Join us in a celebration of his life and work, in what was his 90th year, and hear John speak from his home in Paris to his fellow Academicians just before his death in January this year. This will be followed by a screening of the collaborative film Play Me Something.
Play Me Something, a story within a story, features still photographs by Jean Mohr, performances by John Berger and Tilda Swinton amongst many others. As a group of individuals await a plane on a remote Scottish island, they are told a story by an enigmatic stranger about an Italian countryman who visits Venice.
The Sir William Gillies Bequest Lecture has been presented by the Academy since 1978 through the generous legacy of the late Sir William Gillies RSA. As a pioneer of contemporary art it is fitting that his legacy not only provides this series of public lectures, but also supports a number of artists’ opportunities presented through the Academy’s programme, helping to enable emerging artists to research and develop their practice, and for the Academy to achieve its remit of supporting new talent.