Your Manchester Insights Lecture, London – The Responsible Artist?

6:30pm, 4th November 2013 – RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ 

As a fellow of the RSA we would like to invite you to register for a University of Manchester Alumni ‘Your Manchester Insights Lecture’ before booking is opened to the wider alumni community.

On 4th November 2013 the Faculty of Humanities at The University of Manchester, in collaboration with the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) NW will deliver a special event at the RSA in London for alumni of the University, RSA fellows and friends. The event will encompass a panel debate addressing the question of the responsible artist: should an artist, the work they create and their actions hold a moral responsibility for their audiences and wider society? Or should the work of artists be divorced from any moral or utilitarian function, often referred to as ‘art for art’s sake’?

Chaired by Vikki Heywood (CBE) who is presently Chairman of the RSA and previously Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the debate will explore what motivates and drives artistic creation and question whether or not an artist should create work that is conscious of its audience and the world that surrounds them.

Panellists will include key individuals from various professions within the arts sector. We are delighted to confirm that individuals joining me on the panel will include contemporary arts group, Brass Art and comic writer and actress, Jessica Knappett, and more. The panel debate will end with a chaired Q&A session and a drinks reception will follow from 7:30pm.

The University of Manchester have allocated a number of limited free places for RSA Fellows, on a first come, first served basis.

Please RSVP to Kate Bradbury or call 0161 275 7893. After the allocated places are taken, the cost of the lecture is £10.

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