Tate Britain Talk

Seeing differently: an evening with 5x15

Be inspired by the Tate Britain collection through a series of illuminating talks by eminent speakers such as 2012 Booker Prize nominee Deborah Levy, award-winning comedian Simon Munnery and author and Daily telegraph columnist Steve Jones.

London-based cultural events company 5x15 bring you an evening of Seeing differently. Tate Britain's new chronological re-hang illuminated connections and juxtapositions between works that previously lay hidden. Inspired by this approach, this event proposes to discover news ways of seeing art by inviting five eminent speakers to Tate Britain to tell fifteen-minute stories about moments of enlightenment, change, and different ways of seeing.

5x15 is a cultural events company founded in 2010. It specialises in delivering inspiring, challenging and entertaining events featuring five outstanding individuals from diverse fields and walks of life, who each tell a fifteen-minute story (without a script) about their lives, passions and inspirations. These events are regularly held at The Tabernacle, in Notting Hill, as well as other venues across London.

Speakers include Matt Green, Steve Jones, Deborah Levy, Simon Munnery and Dr Anna Whitelock. Curated in collaboration with Tate Etc.

Cash bar open from 18.30

Dr Matthew Green

is the co-founder of Unreal City Audio, which produces historical tours of London as live events and audio downloads. Matthew leads the Coffeehouse Tour, which explores London’s original coffee houses, from the City’s warren of medieval streets, through St Paul’s Churchyard, down historic Fleet Street, and into the cobbled courtyards of the Temple. His work focuses on London’s love affair with coffee, which can be traced back 350 years to a muddy churchyard in the City of London. From these humble beginnings arose a trailblazing cultural phenomenon that would transform the face of the city, connect Londoners, and inspire ideas that would shape the modern world.

Steve Jones

is Professor of Genetics at University College London and the president of the Galton Institute. He delivered the BBC Reith Lectures in 1991, appears frequently on radio and television and is a regular columnist for the Daily Telegraph. His most recent book, The Serpent's Promise, considers the Bible from a scientific perspective.

Deborah Levy

trained at Dartington College of Arts leaving in 1981 to write a number of plays, highly acclaimed for their 'intellectual rigour, poetic fantasy and visual imagination', including Pax and Heresies for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Clam, Call Blue Jane, Shiny Nylon, Honey Baby Middle England, Pushing the Prince into Denmark and Macbeth-False Memories. Deborah wrote and published her first novel Beautiful Mutants, when she was 27 years old. The experience of not having to give her words to a director, actors and designer to interpret, was so exhilarating, she wrote a few more. These include Swallowing Geography, The Unloved and Billy and Girl. In 2012 she was nominated for the Booker Prize for her book Swimming Home. She has always written across a number of art forms (including collaborations with visual artists) and was Fellow in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1989–91.

Simon Munnery

is an award-winning comedian. Often experimenting with form, he has been described by Time Out as 'an avant-garde comedy god'. He has recently been featured on Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, The Culture Show, Alternative Comedy Experience, and The News Quiz. He is a British Comedy Award nominee, and Chortle, Perrier, Barry and Sony Radio Award winner. His latest project Fylm stabs at the void between film and theatre, involving visual sketches performed by Simon amongst the audience, and projected live on screen.

Dr Anna Whitelock

is a senior lecturer in early modern history at Royal Holloway, University of London. She lectures on political, social and cultural history in the sixteenth and seventeenth century and is director of the Centre for Public History, Heritage and Engagement with the Past. She is the author of Mary Tudor: England’s First Queen (2009), and the winner of the 2010 Arts Club Emerging Writer Award. She was also shortlisted for the Biographer’s club Best First Biography Prize. Additionally, she writes and reviews for The Telegraph, The Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, and The New York Times, and regularly appears on television. Her latest book is Elizabeth’s Bedfellows: An Intimate History of the Queen’s Court (2013).

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24 January 2014 at 19.00–21.30

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