Past Event Tate Britain Talk

On late creativity

Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘The Blue Rigi, Sunrise’ 1842
Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Blue Rigi, Sunrise 1842. Tate

Join us at Tate Britain for a lively panel discussion on the idea of creativity and artistic practice as a life-long pursuit in relation to The EY Exhibition: Late Turner – Painting Set Free.

This event is chaired by art historian and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon, and features panellists including physician and medical historian Prof. Brian Livesley, dancer, choreographer and artistic director Siobhan Davies and author Fay Weldon.


Prof. Brian Livesley

Emeritus Professor Brian Livesley MD FRCP DHMSA qualified at Leeds University in 1960 and then worked continually in the National Health Service. He pioneered and published innovative national clinical, educational, and research programmes in general and geriatric medicine. His work also became known internationally and he was visited and invited to chairs abroad which he declined. After retiring in 2001from his professorial chair in London, he used his knowledge of diagnostic medicine as a consultant forensic physician at the invitation of several national police constabularies and HM Coroners in England and Wales before retiring completely from clinical practice at the end of 2010. He has continued lecturing about medical history and publishing several peer-reviewed articles, including those on The Churchills; John Hunter, surgeon; John Keats; and J.M.W Turner, RA.

Siobhan Davies

Siobhan Davies (CBE) is a renowned British choreographer, having created over 60 works to critical acclaim. Founding Siobhan Davies Dance in 1988, she has consistently worked closely with collaborating dance artists to ensure that their own artistic enquiry is part of the creative process. By 2002 Davies moved away from the traditional theatre circuit and started making work for gallery spaces and alternative locations. In 2006, the RIBA award-winning Siobhan Davies Studios opened realising Davies’ long-standing goal of establishing a permanent base for her organisation and independent dance artists. The Studios are now a vibrant contemporary arts space in central London, filled with dance, film, visual art and craft, through a programme of exhibitions, performances, participation projects and new commissions from leading contemporary artists.

Her recent works have been presented at some of the most prestigious art institutions in the UK including; Arnolfini (Bristol), Whitechapel Gallery and ICA (London), Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester), Turner Contemporary (Margate), Tramway and Gallery of Modern Art (Glasgow).

Fay Weldon

Fay Weldon CBE is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter.  Born in Worcestershire Weldon was brought up in New Zealand and returned to the United Kingdom when she was fifteen. She studied Economics and Psychology at St Andrews, worked briefly for the Foreign Office, then as a journalist, and then as an advertising copywriter. Her first novel, The Fat Woman’s Joke, was published in 1968. Her work includes over twenty novels, five collections of short stories, several children's books, non-fiction books, magazine articles and a number of plays radio, stage and television, including the pilot episode for Upstairs Downstairs. Her novel The Life and Loves of a She-Devil was filmed starring Meryl Streep, also serialised on BBC television.

Though mostly a chronicler of contemporary times and social change, she’s recently completed a historical trilogy – Habits of the House, Long Live the King and The New Countess – set in Edwardian England. Her latest work is a sci-fi novella, The Ted Dreams, to be published later this year initially only as an e-book. She is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

Andrew Graham-Dixon

Andrew Graham-Dixon is one of the leading art critics and presenters of arts television. He has presented numerous landmark series on art for the BBC, including the acclaimed A History of British Art, Renaissance and Art of Eternity, as well as numerous individual documentaries on art and artists. He has a long history of public service in the field of the visual arts, having judged the Turner Prize, the BP National Portrait Prize and the Annual British Animation Awards, among many other prizes. He has served on the Government Art Collection Committee, the Hayward Advisory Committee and on the board of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead.

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The Clore Auditorium

London SW1P 4RG
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Date & Time

21 October 2014 at 18.30–20.00

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