Watch the GBAD Conference LIVE!

The Great British Art Debate conference is happening on Saturday 3 December and you will be able to watch it all online! Tune in to follow the discussion and add your voice to the Q&A at the end of the conference.

Watch here
Tweet @gbartdebate and using #gbad11

Critics, curators, artists and academics form across the UK will be discussing two main questions.

Why have there been no great British artists?


Where is British art?

Tweet your thoughts for the panel to talk about and watch them respond live!

Panel One:

Philip Dodd is chairman of the cultural agency Made in China (, an award-winning BBC broadcaster, and author. He has been Director of the ICA (1997-2004) deputy editor of ‘New Statesman’, editor of ‘Sight and Sound’, and Visiting Professor, King’s College, London.

Craig Richardson is a graduate of the School of Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art and is currently Professor of Fine Art at Northumbria University in Newcastle. He writes on contemporary Scottish art and has exhibited his own work widely including New York, London and Dusseldorf.

Prof. Neil Mulholland is an art historian and art critic based in Scotland. He is a regular contributor to many art publications as well as literary and political magazines. Neil is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the Master of Contemporary Art programmes at Edinburgh College of Art.

Marc Sands is Director of Audiences and Media for Tate.

Panel Two:

Brian McAvera is a playwright as well an an art critic, curator and historian. He has curated numerous exhibitions for galleries in Ireland and the UK including the first-ever exhibition of socio-political art produced during The Troubles (Directions Out at The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin).

Patrick Wright is a writer, teacher and broadcaster. He was co-curator of Tate Britain’s exhibition of Stanley Spencer’s work in 2001, and has been involved with the Great British Art Debate since the beginning. He is Professor of Literature and Visual & Material Culture in the English Department at King’s College London, and a fellow of the London Consortium.

Peter Lord took a degree in Fine Art at Reading University in 1970. He was a visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for British Art in 1994, and Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies from 1996-2003. He is currently Reaearch Fellow at Swansea University.

Geoff Molyneux is based at Rogue Artists studios in Manchester.  A graduate in Fine Art from Liverpool Polytechnic in the late 70’s he lectured at a Further Education College in the City until 2010 where he was the course Leader for the Foundation Degree in Fine Art.  His art practice has taken him to Cuba, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and the USA.

Panel Three: Question Time

Chaired by Patrick Wright. David Anderson, Reyahn King, Martin Myrone and Iain Watson take your questions.

David Anderson is Director General at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. He is also a Board Member of the Museums Association, and was awarded an OBE in 1999 for services to museums and education.

Reyahn King was appointed as director of art galleries at National Museums Liverpool in July 2007. She is responsible for the Walker Art Gallery, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Iain Watson is Director of Tyne and Weir Archives and Museums.

Martin Myrone is s Lead Curator, pre-1800 British Art at Tate Britain and Curator of Great British Art Debate exhibition John Martin: Apocalypse.

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Hannah Flynn is E-Learning Assistant for Tate and Co-Ordinator for the Great British Art Debate online. Her favourite British artist is John Martin.


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  3. Until the debate identifies what a ‘great’ artist actually is the question as to why there has not been a British ‘great’ artist is fatuous – even irrelevant.

    I assume the premise that there has not been a ‘great’ British artist is meant to be provocative. Well all it has done is to preclude what might have been a useful debate.

    • I would recommend watching that panel if you can, the questions are slightly oblique and will hopefully open up some great discussion. :)

  4. The great art debate should be continuous and ongoing on facebook. What is the art debate? Why should the debate be limited to the elite of the art world? We, the plankton of the Hegemony food chain, wish to have our say too.

    • Hi Francis, happily this conference is streaming online for the public to see and they are also welcome to come to the gallery on the day and join in too. It’s even free!

      The debate is on facebook as well:

      And I’d love to hear your responses to the GBAD questions, which are available under the ‘Questions’ tab on this site. :)

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