POST MORTEM – THE ARTIST IN THE CITY 6 November 2019 – in collaboration with Guildhall Art Gallery

Front line (left to right): Elizabeth Scott (Guildhall Art Gallery), Hannah Starkey (photographer & the City of London’s first artist in residence), Dr Cathy Ross (Museum of London), Mireille Galinou (Your London Publishing), Ferha Farooqui (painter), Alex Werner (Museum of London).
Back row (left to right): David Hepher (painter), Timothy Hyman RA (painter).
Below: Ben Johnson (painter) was an important contributor to the day, but, inexplicably, is not included in the line-up. Apologies …

This event was fully booked (70), though there is always a drop-out rate with free events – unfortunate when you have to turn people away, which we did.

The programme was wide-ranging, looking at individual artists and the impact of the artistic community on London’s neighbourhoods, then as now.

So … it was a rich, fast-paced afternoon. The evaluation forms we collected were extremely encouraging: ‘Excellent’, ‘Insightful’, Inspirational’, ‘Fascinating’, ‘Very interesting mix of history and contemporary’.

One person on the attendance list took the time to write an email to the organisers:

“Congratulations on very slick timing. So many conferences I attend run seriously over time. Cathy’s introductions were so good and the trick of having Alex line up some questions for each [artist] contributor was something to be copied at similar events. Unfortunately, questions from the audience tend only to be heard by those in the rows in front of them … so we missed a bit.”

The idea of the Artist in the City is so interesting and multi-faceted that we hope we can re-visit this theme in the not too distant future. If you would like to be kept informed, please register on the Homepage to receive occasional news.