On Late Creativity

21 Oct 2014

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

£12, concessions available

Tate Britain

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 88,77A,C10
  • Pimlico
  • Vauxhall

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On Late Creativity


Join us at Tate Britain for a lively panel discussion on the idea of creativity and artistic practice as a life-long pursuit in relation to The EY Exhibition: Late Turner — Painting Set Free. This event is chaired by art historian and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon, and features panellists including physician and medical historian Prof. Brian Livesley and author Fay Weldon. Speakers Emeritus Professor Brian Livesley MD FRCP DHMSA qualified at Leeds University in 1960 and then worked continually in the National Health Service. He pioneered and published innovative national clinical, educational, and research programmes in general and geriatric medicine. His work also became known internationally and he was visited and invited to chairs abroad which he declined. After retiring in 2001from his professorial chair in London, he used his knowledge of diagnostic medicine as a consultant forensic physician at the invitation of several national police constabularies and HM Coroners in England and Wales before retiring completely from clinical practice at the end of 2010. He has continued lecturing about medical history and publishing several peer-reviewed articles, including those on The Churchills; John Hunter, surgeon; John Keats; and J.M.W Turner, RA. Fay Weldon CBE is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. Born in Worcestershire Weldon was brought up in New Zealand and returned to the United Kingdom when she was fifteen. She studied Economics and Psychology at St Andrews, worked briefly for the Foreign Office, then as a journalist, and then as an advertising copywriter. Her first novel, The Fat Woman's Joke, was published in 1968. Her work includes over twenty novels, five collections of short stories, several children's books, non-fiction books, magazine articles and a number of plays radio, stage and television, including the pilot episode for Upstairs Downstairs. Her novel The Life and Loves of a She-Devil was filmed starring Meryl Streep, also serialised on BBC television. Though mostly a chronicler of contemporary times and social change, she's recently completed a historical trilogy — Habits of the House, Long Live the King and The New Countess — set in Edwardian England. Her latest work is a sci-fi novella, The Ted Dreams, to be published later this year initially only as an e-book. She is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Andrew Graham-Dixon is one of the leading art critics and presenters of arts television. He has presented numerous landmark series on art for the BBC, including the acclaimed A History of British Art, Renaissance and Art of Eternity, as well as numerous individual documentaries on art and artists. He has a long history of public service in the field of the visual arts, having judged the Turner Prize, the BP National Portrait Prize and the Annual British Animation Awards, among many other prizes. He has served on the Government Art Collection Committee, the Hayward Advisory Committee and on the board of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. This event is related to the exhibition The EY Exhibition: Late Turner — Painting Set Free

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