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EVENT: Joshua Reynolds ‘Who pays for Art?’ Reception & Debate with Tim Marlow

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‘Who pays for art?’ Presentation, Drinks Reception & Debate with Tim Marlow from the Royal Academy of Arts 6:30pm-9:30pm Friday March 4th 2016 Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth

As part of a city wide project to celebrate the life and work of ‘Britain’s greatest portrait painter’ Joshua Reynolds and his time in Plymouth, RIO, in partnership with the RSA, Arts Council England and the Royal Academy of Arts is delighted to host the ‘Who pays for Art’ drinks reception, presentation & panel debate. Keynote: Tim Marlow, Director of Artistic Programmes at the Royal Academy Tim Marlow is an art historian and commentator on the contemporary cultural scene with impressive and wide-ranging experience in broadcasting and writing. Started his broadcasting career on radio, presenting Radio 4’s arts programme Kaleidoscope he has also presented The Ticket (World Service) and The Green Room.

He moved on to television and presented a documentary on JMW Turner for BBC One, several of his own arts programmes for Five, and the notorious Is Painting Dead? debate for Channel Four where Tracey Emin shouted and swore her way into British television history. Tim has also appeared on Newsnight Review and is now presenting art programmes on Sky Arts.

Tim has written for numerous publications including The Times, The Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Arena, Art Monthly and Blueprint magazines, as well as founding Tate: The Art magazine. He has written books and monographs on various artists and is visiting lecturer and examiner at Winchester School of Art. He is currently Director of Artistic Programmes at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Leaving behind his Plymouth roots and Devonport studio Joshua Reynolds relocated to London; where, alongside other leading artists of the day, he became a central member of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures – the RSA.

In 1760, along with other Fellows, Gainsborough, Hogarth et al, Reynolds staged the first combined exhibition of British artists at the RSA’s house. The free to enter exhibition was a sensational success, though there was a difference of opinion between the artists and the RSA as to whether they should charge for the event. When it came to considering an event for the following year, and concerned about artists’ livelihoods and the sustainability of future events, the artists insisted on an entrance fee. The RSA, in line with their philanthropic mission, were immovable and the artists decided to go their own way, a decisive moment in the history of British art that lead to the founding of the Royal Academy of Arts, with Reynolds as their first president.

It is believed that this could have been an amicable parting, in keeping with the RSA’s mission to generate new ideas and to give them a way to support society, but to what extent remains unclear. What is certain is at the heart of this parting was the question we now present to you – the importance of the value of art and who pays for art. A question that, given the challenging climate of increasing restrictions on funding for the arts, has never been as relevant in the UK as it is today.

We’d like to invite you to join us for a drinks reception, presentation and panel debate with our esteemed guests Tim Marlow – Director of Artistic Programmes Royal Academy of Arts; Phil Gibby – Director of Arts Council South West; Mark Londesborough – Project Manager RSA; and Tudor Evans Leader of Plymouth City Council.
WHEN Friday, 4 March 2016 from 18:30 to 21:30 (GMT) – Add to Calendar WHERE Devonport Guildhall – Ker Street Plymouth, Plymouth PL1 4EL GB – View Map

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