Art historian & curator
Art historian and curator Dawn Adès (b. 1943) is a leading voice on Dada, Surrealism, abstraction and art from Latin America.
Adès is Professor Emerita of the History and Theory of Art at the University of Essex, Professor of the History of Art at the Royal Academy, a former trustee of Tate (1995-2005) and of the National Gallery (2000-2005) and a Fellow of the British Academy. In 2013 she was appointed CBE for services to higher education.
The many exhibitions she has organized or co-curated, in the UK and abroad, include Dada and Surrealism Reviewed (1978); Art in Latin America: the Modern Era 1820-1980 (1989); Dalí's Optical Illusions (2000); Salvador Dalí: the Centenary Exhibition (2004); Undercover Surrealism: Georges Bataille and Documents (2006); Close-Up: Proximity and Defamiliarisation in Art, Photography and Film (2008); and Dalí/Duchamp, (Royal Academy and the Dalí Museum 2017-2018).
Qabir Alli and Marianne Whiting
Qabir Alli (Articulation London Regional Heat 2020): Qabir spoke at The Courtauld Institute of Art in 2020 on Kara Walker's Fons Americanus. He represented Wallington County Grammar School and is now studying Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts.
Marianne Whiting (Articulation Regional Finalist 2020): Marianne first took part in the Articulation initiative in a Discovery Day in 2019 with her school, New College Swindon. She went on to take part in the ARTiculation Prize at the New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park in 2020 and went through the Regional Final at the Ashmolean in Oxford. She is now completing an A-Level in the History of Art through Art History Link Up and plans to attend the Courtauld in the autumn term.
Professor of Islamic and Iranian Arts
Sussan Babaie is Professor of Islamic and Iranian Arts at The Courtauld. She has curated exhibitions on Persian drawings (Metropolitan Museum of Art), on Isfahan (Harvard Art Museums), and, with her students, on Islamic arts (museums at Smith College and the University of Michigan). Her research is transdisciplinary and favours transcultural over national models of art history. Her publications explore architecture and urbanity, visual representations of sexuality, and sensory experience of art. A trained graphic designer, she also writes on modern and contemporary Iranian arts with a view towards the role of history. She is the author of the award-winning Isfahan and Its Palaces: Statecraft, Shi'ism and the Architecture of Conviviality in Early Modern Iran (2008, PB 2018), and co-author of Slaves of the Shah: New Elites of Safavid Iran (2004, PB 2017), Persian Kingship and Architecture: Strategies of Power in Iran from the Achaemenids to the Pahlavis (2014), Shirin Neshat (2013), and Honar: The Afkhami Collection of Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art(2017). Sussan was President of the Historians of Islamic Art Association (2017-19), and President (2022-24) of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies.
Patrizia Di Bello
Dr Patrizia Di Bello is co-director of the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre at Birkbeck, University of London, and Senior Lecturer in the History of Art Department. Her publications include Sculptural Photographs from The Calotype to Digital Technologies (2017), The Photobook from Talbot to Ruscha (2012), edited with Colette Wilson and Shamoon Zamir, and Women's Albums and Photography in Victorian Britain: Ladies, Mothers and Flirts (2007). She serves on the editorial boards of History of Photography, Art History and Photographies.
Professor, Cambridge University
Paul Binski is Professor of the History of Medieval Art at Cambridge University. He has written and lectured extensively on the art and architecture of Western Europe in the Gothic period. After achieving his PhD in History of Art from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 1984, he stayed on as a Research fellow until 1987. He has since taught at Princeton, Yale, Manchester, but returned to a post at Cambridge in 1995.
His publications include Gothic Wonder: Art, Artifice and the Decorated Style 1290-1350 (2014), which won 2016 the Historians of British Art Book Award for Exemplary Scholarship on the Period before 1800; and Westminster Abbey and the Plantagenets (1995) which won the Longman-History Today Award.
He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Society of Antiquaries, and of Caius College, Cambridge. He gave the Paul Mellon Lectures, 2002-2003, at the National Gallery, London and Yale University. He was Associate Editor of the periodical Art History, 1992-1997, and is presently serving as a Foreign Advisor for the International Center of Medieval Art, The Cloisters, New York. An enthusiastic musician, organist and harpsichordist, in his spare he chairs a charity devoted to propagating performance knowledge of organ music, the Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies.
Sir Peter Blake
Sir Peter Blake (b. 1932, Dartford, Kent) is a British painter, sculptor, draughtsman and printmaker. He is known as one of the leading figures of British Pop art. Peter Blake studied at Gravesend School of Art before being accepted into the Royal College of Art, London, where he studied alongside other key British Pop artists, David Hockney, R.B. Kitaj, Joe Tilson, Allen Jones, Peter Phillips and Derek Boshier. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1956, Blake began to appropriate pop culture icons and advertising imagery to create homages to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Elvis Presley and professional wrestlers. His iconic 1961 'Self-portrait with Badges', in the Tate Collection, shows Blake holding an Elvis album, dressed in American jeans, Converse trainers, and baseball badges; here is the artist as a genuine fan. In other works, he composes assemblages of found objects with humorous allusions to art history and childhood fantasies. In 1967 he designed the iconic album cover for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in his distinctive style of collage. Blake continues to be associated with the music world by designing album covers. In 1975 Blake co-founded the Brotherhood of Ruralists, a group of artists who moved to Somerset to paint nature.
After completing his National Service with the R.A.F., he received the Leverhulme Research Award to study popular art and travelled through Europe 1956-7. Blake's first one-man exhibition was held in 1962 at the Portal Gallery, London; solo shows followed at the Robert Fraser Gallery, London (1965) and at Leslie Waddington Prints, London (1969). His first retrospective exhibition was held as early as 1969 at the City Art Gallery, Bristol. Subsequent retrospectives were held in 1973 at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, touring to Hamburg and Brussels and the Tate Gallery in 1983. In 1994 he was made the Third Associate Artist of the National Gallery, London. Peter Blake was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1981, and was knighted in 2002. In 2007 the Tate Liverpool held a major retrospective of Peter Blake's work which toured to the Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao, Spain in 2008. In 2010, Lund Humphries published Peter Blake: One Man Show, a comprehensive monograph by Marco Livingstone.
Peter Blake lives and works in London.
Francesco Bonami is an art writer and international curator. In 2003 he was the director of the 50th Venice Biennale, and in 2010 the curator of the 50th Whitney Biennial. He has curated solo exhibitions of Damien Hirst, Rudolf Stingel, Maurizio Cattelan, Bob Dylan, Jeff Wall and Hiroshi Sugimoto. He is the Artistic Director of ByArtMatters in Hangzhou and a member of the Board of VAC Foundation in Moscow. He is curating Maurizio Cattelan's first solo exhibition at UCCA in Bejing, and Urs Fischer's show at Jumex Museum in Mexico City.
Among his books are the best sellers "Lo Potevo Fare Anch'io" and "L'arte nel cesso" for Mondadori, "Post" for Feltrinelli. A new edition of his "Maurizio Cattelan Autobiografia non autorizzata" is being published by Oscar Mondadori in August 2021. He is a regular contributor for Vanity Fair Italia, Vogue Italia, AD and Il Foglio. His Instagram @thebonamist was chosen as the best one in the art world by Baerfax. He is the author with Costantino Della Gherardesca e Pasquale la Forgia of the popular podcast Artefatti on Spotify. He was awarded the Legion of Honour by the French Republic
He lives between Milan and New York.
Lecturer, The Arts Society
Adam Busiakiewicz is an Art Historian, lutenist and lecturer. After completing his Bachelor's Degree in History at UCL in 2010, he held the position of Head of Historical Interpretation (curator) at Warwick Castle. He left the castle in 2013 after winning a full AHRC studentship to pursue a Master's Degree in Fine and Decorative Art at the Sotheby's Institute of Art, London. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Art History at Warwick University after winning a CADRE Postgraduate Scholarship in 2017.
In December 2014 he became the youngest Guide Lecturer at the Wallace Collection, where he regularly gives talks, tours and lectures to both public and professional audiences. He has also given lectures at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, London, and is organised a series of talks there on the lute in paintings in 2018.
Adam is currently planning a publication on the Grevilles of Warwick Castle, and has had articles published by the British Art Journal, The Sidney Journal and Hispanic Lyra. He was also the editor of the Georgian Group's 80th Anniversary Exhibition catalogue entitled Splendour! Art in Living Craftsmanship (2017).
British historian Gus Casely-Hayford writes, lectures and broadcasts widely on African culture. He is a research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and a member of its Centre of African Studies Council. He also sits on the Board of the Caine Prize for African literature.
Born in London, Casely-Hayford was educated at SOAS, where he received his doctorate in African history and was later awarded an honorary fellowship. As director of 'Africa 05', he organized the largest African arts season in Britain with more than 150 venues hosting 1,000 events.
He has presented two series of The Lost Kingdoms of Africa for the BBC and wrote the companion book (2012). In 2017 Casely-Hayford wrote and presented a six-part television series for Sky Arts called Tate Britain: Great British Walks. He also advised on a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet, worked on a British Library exhibition about the African intellectual tradition and consulted on Tate Britain's 'Artist and Empire' exhibition. In the same year he delivered a Ted Global Talk on pre-colonial Africa.
Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, University of Oxford
Craig Clunas held the chair of art history at Oxford from 2007 to 2018, the first scholar of Asian art to do so. Much of his work concentrates on the Ming period (1368-1644), with additional interests in the art of 20th century and contemporary China. Before coming to Oxford he worked as a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and taught art history at the University of Sussex and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
He is the author of Art in China (1997, second edition 2009) in the Oxford History of Art Series, and his other books include Superfluous Things: Material Culture and Social Status in Early Modern China (1991); Fruitful Sites: Garden Culture in Ming Dynasty China (1996); Pictures and Visuality in Early Modern China (1997); Elegant Debts: The Social Art of Wen Zhengming, 1470-1559 (2004); Empire of Great Brightness: Visual and Material Cultures of Ming China, 1368-1644 (2007), based on the 2004 Slade Lectures, and Screen of Kings: Art and Royal Power in Ming China (2013); several of these books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Korean. His most recent book, is Chinese Painting and Its Audiences, published by Princeton University Press in 2017 and based on his AW Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts delivered at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, in 2012.
Artist / Writer
Etel Adnan's career spans several decades and encompasses a wide range of media --- including painting, drawing, tapestry, film, ceramics, and leporello artist books --- as it does traditions and locations. Adnan was first an author of poetry and prose, often addressing and protesting against the turmoil of the Vietnam War and the Lebanese Civil War. Informing her writing and later her artwork as well, was the landscape, its own history and her emotional and physical response to it. For Adnan, the landscape is mingled with memory, especially a sentiment of displacement, as she was born and raised in Lebanon, but has lived, studied, and worked in France and California throughout her life.
In 2012, Adnan was included in Documenta (13) in Germany. Since then, numerous museums have presented solo exhibitions of the artist's work, including Mudam Luxembourg -- Musée d'art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg City (2019); Aspen Museum of Art, Aspen, Colorado (2019); SFMoMA, California (2018); Zentrum Paul Klee, Switzerland (2018); MASS MoCA, Massachusetts (2018); Institute du Monde Arabe, France (2017); the Serpentine Gallery, England (2016); Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Switzerland (2016); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland (2015); Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria (2014-2015); and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar (2014). Adnan's work is included in major public collections such as the British Museum, England; Centre Pompidou, France; Institut du Monde Arabe, France; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; M+, Hong Kong, China; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Tunisia; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Adnan's work is included in major public collections such as the British Museum, England; Centre Pompidou, France; Institut du Monde Arabe, France; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; M+, Hong Kong, China; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Tunisia; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Adnan was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1925. She currently lives and works in Paris, France.
Cassius Ashcroft and Femi Themen
Cassius Ashcroft (Articulation 2021 London Finalist): Cassius took part at the online event hosted by The Lightbox and went through to the London Final hosted by Clare College, Cambridge. He spoke on Andy Goldsworthy and represented Ibstock School and is currently studying Fine Art, History of Art, and Government and Politics for his A Levels.
Femi Themen (Articulation 2021 Grand Finalist): Femi delivered her presentation on Kwame Akoto-Bamfo's Faux Reedom at one of the first ever online Regional Finals hosted by Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, going on to the Grand Final hosted -- also online -- by the National Gallery. Femi represented King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls and is currently in her last year of sixth form and will do an Art and Design Foundation course at Central Saint Martins starting in the autumn term 2021.
David Batchelor is an artist and writer based in London. He was born in Dundee, Scotland in 1955. He studied Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham (1975-1978), and Cultural Theory at Birmingham University (1978-1980).
David's work comprises three-dimensional structures, photographs, paintings and drawings, and mostly relates to a long-term interest in colour and urbanism. He has exhibited widely in the UK, continental Europe, the Americas and, more recently, the Middle East and Asia. Recent exhibitions include 'Chromatology', Ab-Anbar Gallery, Tehran (2017); 'Reef', Handel Street Projects, London (2016); 'Monochrome Archive 1997-2015', Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); 'Flatlands', Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and Spike Island, Bristol (2013-14); 'Light Show' (2013-16), Hayward Gallery, London, MAC Sydney, Sharjah Art Foundation and MAC Santiago; 'Chromophilia: 1995-2010', Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro (2010); and 'Color Chart', Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008) and Tate Liverpool (2009)
Chromophobia, Batchelor's book on colour and the fear of colour in the West, was published by Reaktion Books, London (2000), and is now available in eight languages. His most recent book, The Luminous and the Grey (2014), is also published by Reaktion. Colour (2008), an anthology of writings on colour from 1850 to the present, edited by Batchelor, is published by Whitechapel, London and MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. His book of photographs, Found Monochromes: vol.1, nos.1-250 (2010), is published by Ridinghouse, London; his suite of drawings, The October Colouring-In Book (2015), is published by Common-Editions, London.
Ashley Bickerton (b. 1959, Barbados, West Indies; lives and works in Bali, Indonesia) was an original member of a group of artists known as Neo-Geo, which emerged in New York during the 1980s. In 1993, he left New York for Bali, Indonesia, where his work took on a distinct tropical exoticism often in sharp contrast to his Neo-Geo work, which was an abstract and geometric exploration of consumerism and industrialisation. However, Bickerton’s investigation of materiality remained a consistent thread throughout his practice. Often blurring the boundaries between media, genre, and subject (photography and sculpture; portraiture and landscape; realism and fantasy), he challenges the parameters of art making, calling into question the value and significance of the art object itself.
Bickerton received his BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1982 and continued his education in the independent studies program at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Solo shows of his work have been organized at Newport Street Gallery, London (2017); The FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2017); and Palacete del Embarcadero, Autoridad Portuaria de Santander, Spain (1997).
Independent documentary filmmaker Michael Blackwood has directed and produced more than 150 films about art and culture. Over the course of his career, Blackwood has realised a body of work dedicated to the faithful recording of the lives and creative processes of leading contemporary artists, architects and other cultural figures in the fields of music, dance, philosophy and science in the 20^th^ and 21^st^ centuries.
Blackwood's films are characterised by a direct, anecdotal reportage fostered by the filmmaker's policy of minimal intervention. Driven by an urgent concern to capture and preserve the true voices of his subjects, Blackwood's objective was to collect a rich documentation that would educate his audiences and promote an unfiltered understanding of contemporary art and its protagonists.
Director, Whitechapel Gallery
Iwona Blazwick is Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, London since 2001 and is a curator, critic and lecturer. She was formerly at Tate Modern and London's ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) as well as an independent curator in Europe and Japan. Blazwick is series editor of Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Documents of Contemporary Art. She has written monographs and articles on many contemporary artists and published extensively on themes and movements in modern and contemporary art, exhibition histories and art institutions. In 2015 she co-curated 'The Adventures of the Black Square' at the Whitechapel Gallery.
Artist / Writer
Gregg Bordowitz is a writer, AIDS activist, and film and videomaker. His work, including Fast Trip, Long Drop (1993) and Habit (2001), documents his personal experiences of testing positive and living with HIV within the context of a personal and global crisis. His films, including A Cloud in Trousers (1995) and The Suicide (1996), have been widely shown in festivals, museums, movie theaters, and broadcast internationally. His work was most recently the subject of a career retrospective titled 'Gregg Bordowitz: I Want to Be Well', opened at the Cooley Art Gallery of Reed College, Portland, Oregon, Fall 2018; and the retrospective is traveling to the Art Institute of Chicago, April 4 through July 14, 2019.
His writings are collected in The AIDS Crisis is Ridiculous and Other Writings: 1986-2003. For this book, Bordowitz received the 2006 Frank Jewitt Mather Award from the College Art Association. His book General Idea: *Imagevirus *was published in 2010.
Bordowitz delivered Testing Some Beliefs, an improvisational lecture, at Iceberg Projects (Chicago), Murray Guy (New York), Temple Gallery (Philadelphia), and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Texas). He wrote and directed Sex Mitigating Death: On Discourse and Drives: A Meditative Poem, presented March 18th, 2011, at the Tate Modern, London. He also directed and wrote an opera titled The History of Sexuality Volume One By Michel Foucault: An Opera, which premiered at Tanzquartier Wien, Austria.
He is Director of the Low Residency MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is on the faculty of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.
Bordowitz has received a Rockefeller Intercultural Arts Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, among other grants and awards.
Curator, National Gallery
Caroline Campbell is The Jacob Rothschild Head of the Curatorial Department and Curator of Italian Paintings before 1500 at the National Gallery. Caroline has held curatorial positions at The Courtauld Gallery, London, the National Gallery and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Caroline has curated and co-curated many exhibitions, including 'Bellini and the East' (2005-2006), 'Love and Marriage in Renaissance Florence' (2009); 'Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting' (2014) and 'Duccio/Caro: In Dialogue' (2015). She is curating the 'Mantegna and Bellini' exhibition that opens at the National Gallery in the autumn of 2018.
Ben Tufnell (b. 1969) is a curator and writer. He was previously a curator at Tate, Director of Exhibitions at Haunch of Venison, and is currently a Director of Parafin, an independent gallery in London. Tufnell has published widely and his books include Land Art (Tate Publishing, 2006) and Frank Stella: Connections (Hatje Cantz, 2012). In 2013-14 he co-curated the Arts Council Collection touring exhibition Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1967-79, which travelled to four UK museums. As an independent curator and writer Tufnell has collaborated with many international museums including the National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Henry Moore Institute, Queensland Art Gallery, South African National Gallery, and MUAC in Mexico City, amongst others. His most recent book is In Land: Writings Around Land Art and Its Legacies (2019).Brian Clarke, painter and architectural artist, was born in Oldham, Lancashire, in 1953, and is the most celebrated stained glass artist in the world today.
A lifelong exponent of the integration of art and architecture, Clarke's commitment to total art has developed into a Renaissance engagement with multiple media -- from painting, sculpture, ceramics, mosaic, tapestry, jewellery and furniture, to sets for opera, the ballet, and stadia. Practising in secular and sacred spaces, his architectural collaborations include work with Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Arata Isozaki, Oscar Niemeyer, I. M. Pei, Future Systems and other leading figures of Modern and contemporary architecture, creating stained glass designs and art installations for hundreds of projects worldwide.
His practice in architectural and autonomous stained glass, often on a monumental scale, has led to successive innovation and invention in the fabrication of the medium and, through the production of leadless stained glass and the creation of sculptural stained glass works made primarily or wholly of lead, he has radically stretched the boundaries of what the medium can do and express.
Major works include the Pyramid of Peace, Kazakhstan; Victoria Quarter Leeds, the largest stained glass roof in Europe; the Hôtel du département des Bouches-du-Rhône (Le Grand Bleu), Marseilles; the Royal Mosque of King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh; the 13th century Cistercian Abbaye de la Fille-Dieu, Romont; Buxton Thermal Baths' Cavendish Arcade; the Al Faisaliyah Center, Riyadh; Pfizer World Headquarters, Manhattan; Beaverbrook Coach House and Spa at Cherkeley Court; the Stamford Cone, Connecticut; and NorteShopping, Rio de Janeiro. Stage sets and designs for theatre include designs for two productions of Wayne Eagling's Rudolf Nureyev-tribute 'The Ruins of Time', with the Dutch National Ballet; Paul McCartney's World Tour (1989-90) and The New World Tour (1993); and a production of the Robert Ward opera 'The Crucible', directed by Hugh Hudson.
Clarke is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects; Fellow, Trustee, and Council member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust; former Visiting Professor of Architectural Art at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London; former trustee and Chairman of the Architecture Foundation; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass; Hon. Doctor of Law, University of Huddersfield; Doctor of Humane Letters, Virginia Theological Seminary; former member of the Design Review Committee for the Commission of Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE); Governor of the Capital City Academy Trust; Sole Executor and Chairman of the Estate of Francis Bacon; Trustee and Chairman of the Zaha Hadid Foundation.
Alexandra Epps is an official Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and Pallant House Gallery. She is an Art History Tutor at City Lit Institute and a qualified Guide to the City of London, offering lectures and walks about many aspects of the arts for societies, corporations and private individuals. She is a member of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association, and co-author of the book Lord Mayor's Portraits 1983-2014 (2015). Alexandra's background is in design having practised as a graphic designer running her own design consultancy for many years.Alison Cole is the Editor of The Art Newspaper and an art historian who specialises in the Italian Renaissance and the visual arts. She has written several books on art history and has been an art critic for The Independent *and *The Arts Desk. She has also worked as an Executive Director for some of the UK's leading cultural organisations, including The Art Fund, Southbank Centre and Arts Council England, and now advises on advocacy, arts and museum strategy, and digital initiatives, as well as launching her own cultural education projects. Her books include Italian Renaissance Courts: Art, Pleasure and Power (2016) and Michelangelo The Taddei Tondo (2017).