Patrick Heron Symposium: His Painting Now

A joint symposium organised by Turner Contemporary with Tate St Ives, alongside a major Patrick Heron retrospective exhibition at both venues.

Patrick Heron (1920–99) is widely recognised as one of the most important and innovative figures in 20th century British art. Despite broadening interest in his diverse and prolific activity, this is the first retrospective exhibition of Heron’s work in the UK for 20 years, showing the full range of his paintings from 1943 to 1999 and offering fresh perspectives on the abstract painting of space and colour that Heron developed.

A one-day symposium in Margate on Friday 23rd November will expand on the themes proposed by the exhibition and accompanying catalogue, considering Heron’s art within its particular art historical context as well as through a contemporary lens. It will reconsider Heron’s contribution to 20th century British and international art, as well as taking his art practice (and writing) as the starting point for a broader exploration of the role of formalism in painting today. Finally, it will reflect on the role and status of art education today and Patrick Heron’s enduring legacy, not only as an artist, but also as an important campaigner for art education and art schools over two decades.

Speakers to include:

Andrew Wilson, Tate; Sara Matson, Tate St Ives; Matthew Collings and Mel Gooding.

A full list of speakers and a programme for the day will be announced shortly.

The Patrick Heron exhibition is organised by Turner Contemporary in association with Tate St Ives. Find out more about the exhibition here.

Supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Thurs 22 November, 5.30pm-7.00pm

Welcome and drinks reception followed by a tour of the exhibition led by the curators.

Friday 23 November, 11am-6pm


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Turner Contemporary

Entry Price

£30 / £20 for students

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