50th Anniversary Lecture Series: Talk 5: Philanthropy and the Arts - Camden Art Centre

50th Anniversary Lecture Series: Talk 5: Philanthropy and the Arts

Tuesday 26 April, 7.00 – 8.30pm
Henry Wellcome Auditorium, Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE

Ken Arnold, Creative Director of Medical Museion, Copenhagen and Wellcome Collection, London; Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive of Paul Hamlyn Foundation; and artist Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA), discuss the current challenges faced by public institutions in supporting artists’ production of new work and maintaining programmes that are independent and free.

In 2015/16 Camden Arts Centre celebrates its 50th anniversary and, to mark the occasion, we are presenting five lectures looking at the important role public institutions such as Camden Arts Centre have played in making art accessible for everyone. Read more here.

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Ken Arnold has worked in museums on both sides of the Atlantic. He arrived at Wellcome in 1992, where he spearheaded a number of multidisciplinary cultural initiatives in various London venues. In 2007 he set up and headed Wellcome Collection’s programming, initiating an innovative series of events and exhibitions in an adventurous venue dedicated to exploring the links between medicine, life and art. He now acts as Creative Director for Wellcome, and from June 2016 will split his time with a second role as Director at the Medical Museion – part of the University of Copenhagen, where he will also be a professor. He regularly writes and lectures on museums and on contemporary intersections between the arts and sciences. His book Cabinets for the Curious (Ashgate, 2006) explored what can be learned from looking back at England’s earliest museums. He is currently researching a book about the increasingly important cultural role for these enduring institutions. 

Moira Sinclair is Chief Executive of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, an independent grant maker that aims to help people overcome disadvantage and lack of opportunity, so that they can realise their potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. PHF has a particular interest in social justice and in supporting young people and a strong belief in the importance of the arts. Previously, as Executive Director London and South East for Arts Council England, she oversaw a portfolio of 322 funded cultural organisations and contributed to national policy development, with a particular focus on the resilience and sustainability of the cultural sector and workforce development. She played a key role supporting the cultural programme for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and continues to support its legacy at home and internationally. Before joining Arts Council in 2005, Moira was Director of Vital Arts, an arts and health charity. She has also worked in local government, and in theatre and production management. A graduate of Manchester University where she studied drama, Moira became a Clore Fellow in 2004/05. She is Chair of East London Dance, Vice Chair of Look Ahead Care and Support and a member of the British Library Advisory Council.

Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) was born in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art first at Byam Shaw College of Art (now Central Saint Martins) followed by Goldsmiths College, where he received his MFA, graduating as part of the ‘Young British Artists’ generation. He currently lives and works in the East End of London. Shonibare is known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation, alongside those of race and class, through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and, more recently, film and performance. He was a Turner Prize nominee in 2004 and in 2013 was elected Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts. He was notably commissioned by Okwui Enwezor for Documenta 11 in 2002 to create his most recognised work Gallantry and Criminal Conversation that launched him on an international stage. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennial and internationally at leading museums worldwide. In 2010, Nelson's Ship in a Bottle became his first public art commission on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.


With special thanks to the Wellcome Collection for providing the venue

This event is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, The London Community Foundation and Cockayne – Grants for the Arts

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