Bankside Gallery £10 / 7 Friends & Students 6.30 - 8.30pm

We often know past artists through the products of their creativity, but what did they sound like, what did they have to say and how does this relate to their artworks? Book on to this evening talk at Bankside Gallery to find out.


Writer and broadcaster, Michael Bird, will delve into the Artists’ Lives sound archive to present a fascinating variety of voices and life stories from the modern British art scene.


As Goodison Fellow at the British Library, Michael has had unparalleled access to thousands of hours of interviews with artists recorded since 1990. He will talk about the connections he made between listening and looking. From the surrealist painter Eileen Agar, who studied at the Slade School of Art in the 1920s and was interviewed at the age of 91, to Peter Blake, David Nash, Phyllida Barlow and Lubaina Himid, winner of the 2017 Turner Prize, we hear from artists whose life stories together create an extraordinarily rich tapestry of 20th-century art in Britain.


Please join us for a glass of wine at Bankside Gallery from 6pm. The talk will start at 6.30pm and finish by 8.30pm. Copies of Michael Bird's book Studio Voices: Art and Life in 20th-century Britain will be available to purchase on the night.


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