30 November, 15.30, Free for pass holders or normal admission, Booking required
Arts education and training company Changing Relations C.I.C will host this thought-provoking panel talk, asking a question which is bound to ignite many opinions - "Is all art activism"?
Guido Reni's painting style is sublime, yet the subject of the central painting in The Power and The Virtue exhibition is violent- a woman who has committed suicide after being raped. This apparent contradiction raises the familiar question of whether art is purely for art's sake, or is it driven by, or accountable for, a social purpose?
We've bought together a diverse range of speakers from the cultural sector to help us explore these rich and rewarding questions:
Dr Howard Coutts, Keeper of Ceramics at The Bowes Museum and scholar of Italian Renaissance painting
Richard Bliss, a socially engaged artist who lives and works in Newcastle
Alison Tweddle, Learning Coordinator for The Auckland Project
Lexie Sewell from the Elementary Sisterhood writing group.
Please join us for an enlightening afternoon of debate.