Tate Britain Talk

Hockney in Focus

David Hockney Model with Unfinished Self-Portrait 1977 Private Collection © David Hockney

Join us for a special evening on the life and work of the prolific British artist

Biographer Christopher Simon Sykes and Head of Displays and Lead Curator of Modern British Art, Chris Stephens, are hosting an evening in celebration of David Hockney. With a career that spans six decades, Hockney’s achievements in art are extensive and his influence far reaching. Here they aim to uncover what and who has contributed to the development of one of the most successful and recognisable artists of our time.

The event includes a private view of the exhibition, wine reception and a paperback copy of the catalogue. 


Christopher Simon Sykes is a photographer and author of 27 books, including, as photographer, Great House of England and Wales, The Gardens of Buckingham Palace and The Rolling Stones on Tour, and as author, The Big House, The Man Who Created the Middle East and Hockney, the Biography.

Chris Stephens is Head of Displays, Tate Britain and has overseen the programming, planning and delivery of the collection displays at Tate Britain since 2001. Chris Stephens has delivered a range of exhibitions at Tate Britain, including Art & the 60s: This Was Tomorrow (2004, with Katharine Stout), Francis Bacon (2008, with Matthew Gale), Henry Moore (2010), Picasso and Modern British Art (2012, with James Beechey) and Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation (2014, with John-Paul Stonard).

Tate Britain

The Clore Auditorium

London SW1P 4RG
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Date & Time

26 March 2017 at 17.30–21.00