'Commemoration and Celebration in Art' Sandy Nairne | Salisbury Cathedral

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'Commemoration and Celebration in Art' Sandy Nairne

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Les Colombes at Salisbury Cathedral Michael Pendry - photo by Ash Mills

Cultural projects associated with the First World War Centenary, whether our ‘Les Colombes’ doves or the Poppies at the Tower of London, have demonstrated the power of art to add new dimensions to collective remembrance. 

However, whether commissioned for celebratory or commemorative purposes, art in public spaces often produces strong critical and public reactions. Using ten examples of contemporary art in churches, cathedrals and other public spaces, Sandy Nairne will ask why such works might matter to us over the longer term.



Sandy Nairne CBE was Director of the National Portrait Gallery, where his achievements include leading the campaign to acquire Van Dyck's self-portrait. Nairne was previously Director of Programmes at Tate, working alongside Sir Nicholas Serota, in the creation of Tate Modern and the Centenary Development at Tate Britain. He has also worked at the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. He is currently Chair of the Fabric Advisory Committee of St Paul's Cathedral and on the Board of Trustees of the National Trust. 

Image courtesy of Eamonn McCabe

This talk will be followed by a drinks reception.

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