The Voice of the Artist
For more than twenty-five years, Artists’ Lives has been capturing the lives of artists through their own words. This unique project documents artists’ words, and the recollections of those surrounding them, in the context of their lives. Capturing social history as well as art history, each recording begins with the speaker’s childhood. Collectively the recordings are an extraordinary tapestry of corroborative and conflicting perspectives on the visual arts in Britain, spanning the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
This one-day conference explores the importance, relevance and complications of the life story approach. In panels dedicated to speaking, listening and interpreting, The Voice of the Artist brings together artists, their interlocutors, experts in creating oral history archives, and users of the rich research material. By paying attention to speaking, listening and hearing, the role of oral history in shaping different approaches to writing the history of art will be discussed and contested.
Artists’ Lives is run by National Life Stories at the British Library in association with Tate. The Henry Moore Foundation, The Henry Moore Institute and the Yale Center for British Art have been closely involved with the project since its inception.
The conference coincides with the exhibition Artists’ Lives: Speaking of the Kasmin Gallery at Tate Britain, November 28 2016 – 2017.
At 6.30pm, on 9 December, at Tate Britain, Sir Nicholas Serota will be in conversation with Kasmin, chaired by Fiona MacCarthy.
Those registering for the Courtauld's conference on Saturday 10 December are entitled a discounted rate for Friday's event at Tate Britain (£8 instead of £12). A promotional code will be provided in the email of confirmation which you will receive after your purchase. Enter this promotional code when registering online, on Tate’s website, in order to get your discount: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/talk-and-lecture/artists-lives-kasmin-nicholas-serota-and-fiona-maccarthy
This conference organised by the National Life Stories at the British Library, Tate, Henry Moore Institute and The Courtauld Institute of Art).
Image caption: Peter Blake and Richard Smith, Royal College of Art students circa 1956 (Photographed by Robert Buhler, © Royal College of Art)