Reith Lectures

Reith Lectures

The award-winning artist Grayson Perry presents the 2013 BBC Reith Lectures, titled Playing to the Gallery. Across four programmes he discusses what makes him an artist, the limits of contemporary art, how to gauge the quality of new artworks and the future of the avant-garde. The first programme will be available to download on Tuesday 15 October 2013

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  • Grayson Perry: I Found Myself In The Art World 5 Nov 2013

    Tue, 5 Nov 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    4/4. Grayson Perry discusses his life in the art world and assesses the role of the artist in society.

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  • Grayson Perry: Nice Rebellion, Welcome In! 29 Oct 2013

    Tue, 29 Oct 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Can art still shock us or have we seen it all before? Speaking to an audience at The Guildhall in Londonderry, the artist Grayson Perry asks if revolution is a defining idea in art, or has it met its end?

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  • Grayson Perry: Beating the Bounds 22 Oct 2013

    Tue, 22 Oct 13

    Duration:
    42 mins

    Can anything be considered as art? Grayson Perry questions the often-heard assertion in his second Reith Lecture, recorded at St. George's Hall in Liverpool.

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  • Grayson Perry: Democracy Has Bad Taste 15 Oct 2013

    Tue, 15 Oct 13

    Duration:
    43 mins

    In his first Reith Lecture the British artist Grayson Perry explains the process of assessing quality in contemporary art. Recorded in front of an audience at Tate Modern in London, Perry argues that there is no empirical way to judge quality in art. Instead the validation of quality rests in the hands of a tightknit group of people at the heart of the art world including curators, dealers, collectors and critics who decide in the end what ends up in galleries and museums. Often the last to have a say is the general public.

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  • Reith Lectures 2013: Welcome

    Tue, 8 Oct 13

    Duration:
    1 min

    The award-winning artist Grayson Perry presents the 2013 BBC Reith Lectures, titled Playing to the Gallery. The first programme will be available to download on Tuesday 15 October 2013.

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