This House Believes All Art is Propaganda (In-Person)

  • Event Start: 27th May 2021, 8:00pm
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Over history we have collected and displayed art as a means of expression, and a signifier of wealth and status. Can art exist purely to entertain and decorate, free from the ideas of its creator and the issues of the day? Or, is Orwell right that “there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics’”?




Katy Hessel Art historian, curator and broadcaster. She runs @thegreatwomenartists on Instagram and hosts The Great Women Artists Podcast.


Charles Thomson An artist, poet and photographer, he is known for co-founding the Stuckism movement, and his famous satirical painting, “Sir Nicholas Serota Makes an Acquisitions Decision”.




Sir Charles Saumarez Smith CBE British cultural historian. He is a former Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts and former Director of the National Portrait Gallery.

Professor Julian Stallabrass Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He has written extensively on modern art and the history of 20th century British art.

Andrew Graham-Dixon Art historian and Broadcaster. He was an early supporter of the Young British Artists.