Thu, 12 Sept



Art for Art’s Sake

The Importance of Contemporary Art in Today’s Society.

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Art for Art’s Sake

Time & Location

12 Sept 2019, 08:00 – 9:30

HOK, 90 Whitfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4EZ, UK

About The Event

We are delighted to announce that artist Adam Ball will be our September speaker. Adam's public work includes a 12 metre high painting in Golden Square, Soho, and more recently a permanently installed light box at the newly opened Royal Papworth Hospital, Cambridge. Adam will question the relevance of public art in today's climate and explore how the role of a contemporary artist has significantly changed over the last 25 years. Adam will explore the myth and romance surrounding an artist’s studio and suggest that artists need to learn how to collaborate, communicate and seek to engage the public in their work.

Adam will suggest that artistic collaboration has changed in recent times, from something that used to potentially lack creative integrity to something that now brings huge opportunity and exposure. Drawing upon his experience at Royal Papworth Hospital, Adam will delve into the role of art in public health and how this can effect recovery rates and mental health. Referencing the work of colour specialist Jean Gabriel Causse, whom Adam collaborated with on the effects of colour, and how that psychology informed the gradually changing colours of the installation at Royal Papworth Hospital. 

Concluding his talk, Adam will share his thoughts on the importance that public art brings to its location, and how this should be rooted into its environment. He will share how this creative process differs from creating a private commission, touching on the challenges and complexities of bringing art into the public sphere and how the public’s view of a permanent installation changes over time; citing the Angel of the North as relevant example of our modern times.