What does art do best? (Friday Evening Discourse)

7.50pm - 9.15pm, Friday 27 February

The Theatre

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Standard £17


Associate members £11


Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

Potter, artist and winner of the Turner Prize, Grayson Perry uses art to depict disturbing subjects, examine social phenomena and question identity. In this Discourse, he’ll explore a question he often asks himself – what is it that art does best? And how does it contribute in a way that other forms of questioning and creativity do not?

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About the speaker

Grayson Perry is an English artist, winner of the Turner Prize in 2003 for his ceramic works, depicting disturbing subjects. He has since turned his talents to textiles, developing tapestries including The Walthamstow Tapestry and The Vanity of Small Differences, examining class mobility.

Please note

If you haven't been before, please note that Friday Evening Discourses are traditional events that date back to 1825. With that in mind, many attendees like to wear smart evening dress, though this is not a requirement.

Find out more about the history of the Friday Evening Discourses on our blog.

Make a night of it with our set menu

We have a special set menu for the evening, which will be available before and after the Discourse. 

Or beat the bar queue and start your evening with a drink or two whilst enjoying our handmade canapés at the pre-Discourse reception. £15/person from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

To book a table or the pre-Discourse reception, please phone 020 7670 2973 or email msantos@ri.ac.uk 

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