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Age Against the Machine

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Are we as a society too focused on youth and novelty? Can an artist remain groundbreaking throughout a long career? How does skill and experience sharpen expression?

Join us as we delve into these questions by examining the careers and practices of three artists, looking at the journeys they took to becoming the artists they are.

The discussion will explore creative evolution and continued innovation in their practice, examining how they remain resilient to being pigeonholed or defined by anything other than their art.

Artists include:

Bobby Baker is an artist, activist and Artistic Director of Daily Life Ltd., an organisation that supports her artwork and outreach efforts through artist leadership. Baker is acclaimed for producing radical work that focuses on undervalued and stigmatised aspects of everyday life and human behaviour, across disciplines including performance, drawing and multimedia.

Judy Clark studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Her current works investigate invisibility, not seeing, and not being seen. In the 1970s, she became known for her Issues series, which focused on the (mostly female) body and its traces. Two works from that series are held in the permanent collection of the Tate Gallery.

Chila Kumari Burman creates images using a mix of print, collage, paint and photography to communicate her exploration of the constructs of class, gender, sexuality and race. Her works are informed by influences that include politics, graffiti, Hindi film, fashion and found objects.

Chairing the discussion is Griselda Pollock, Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History at the University of Leeds. Her research interests are in feminist, social, queer and postcolonial interventions in the histories of art, trauma and cultural memory, representation of and after the Holocaust, and 19th century to contemporary visual arts and film.

Dates & times

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 14+.