Past Event Tate Britain Special Event

Comedy meets art: Hangout on Air

24 September 2013 at 19.00–19.30

Doon Mackichan portrait

Bedwyr Williams portrait

Martin Myrone curator

Will Gompertz portrait

Jessica Lack portrait

Martin Rowson portrait

Miriam Katz portrait

In the second Hangout of the series BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz is joined by Doon Mackichan, artists, curators and online contributors for a lively discussion about comedy and art.

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Comedy meets Art: Hangout On Air


Will Gompertz

Will has been BBC Arts Editor since 2009. Before that, he was a director at the Tate Gallery for seven years, where he was responsible for our award-winning Tate Online, and Tate Etc, the UK's highest circulation art magazine. In 2009 Will wrote and performed a sell-out one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe called Double Art History.

In the Studio

Bedwyr Williams

Bedwyr is a British artist whose work includes performance, sculpture, painting and photography. His work often deals with Welshness, otherness and difference, and past work has involved comedic live performances. Bedwyr recently represented Wales at the 2013 Venice Biennale with his work The Starry Messenger, whilst Frieze 2012 saw him present Curator Cadaver Cake, a live autopsy on a life-sized curator made from cake, complete with edible organs.

Doon Mackichan

Doon is a British comedian and actress, arguably best known as one of the writers and stars of the Channel 4 comedy series Smack the Pony. Her recent work includes the character Flavia in Plebs – ITV’s comedy drama set in Ancient Rome – and hairdressing salon owner Sue in the BBC4 sitcom/sketch-show Quick Cuts.

Martin Myrone

Martin is Lead Curator in pre-1800 British Art at Tate Britain. In 2010 he curated Rude Britannia, exploring British comic art from the 1600s to the present day. More recently he curated John Martin: Apocalypse (2011–12), whilst his exhibition on British Folk Art is due in 2014.

Hanging Out

Jessica Lack

Jessica is a freelance art journalist who has worked as an art critic for the Guardian newspaper, as well as deputy editor of Tate Magazine. She is writing a guest blog post for Tate’s website on the subject of Comedy Meets Art.

Martin Rowson

Martin is a British editorial cartoonist and novelist. His mostly produces political satire and his style is often scathing and graphic. Martin’s work frequently appears in the Guardian and the Independent, and he also contributes freelance cartoons to other publications such as the Daily Mirror and the Morning Star. In 2007 Martin presented a Tate film and wrote about 'the grandfather of satire' William Hogarth.

Miriam Katz

Miriam Katz is an American curator who has organised performances of experimental comedy at MoMA PS1. She has a long standing interest in comedy and believes that the worlds of art and comedy have much to offer each other. Miriam also regularly writes about comedy and other subjects for ArtForum.

Watch the hangout on Tuesday 24 September 2013 at 19.00 GMT on Tate’s YouTube Channel.

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Comedy meets Art: Adam Buxton

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Comedy meets Art: 'Dear Mother' written by Isy Suttie


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24 September 2013 at 19.00–19.30