Talks & debates

Colm Tóibín & Rachel Whiteread

Part of Man Booker 50

Hear renowned author Colm Tóibín and artist Rachel Whiteread discuss their creative collaboration. In this talk, they reflect on the benefits and challenges of working with an artist from another discipline.

Colm Tóibín has always been fascinated by mothers, so when he turned his attention to the most famous mother of all, in The Testament of Mary, it’s no surprise he painted a less-than-immaculate portrait of the Madonna.

Inspired by Tóibín’s portrayal, artist Rachel Whiteread collaborated with the author to produce a limited edition book, TESTAMENT, which features ten distinctive photographs from her personal collection.

Chaired by author and biographer Wendy Jones.

Colm Tóibín is the author of nine novels, of which three have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His novel The Testament of Mary was published in 2012.

Rachel Whiteread was the first woman to win the Turner Prize in 1993. Her work has been included in several solo and group exhibitions, including her recent exhibition at Tate Britain in London. She currently lives and works in London.

Dates & times

8 Jul 2018
Approximate run time: 60 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)

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Age recommendation
For ages 16+.

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