Art & Compromise (VI): Mark Dean

Thursday 3 February at 2pm

A series of lectures conceived by Beaconsfield in collaboration with City & Guilds of London Art School.

The 20th century concept of the artist as a politically alienated idealist has undergone significant shifts in recent years. Is there any form of moral obligation still within art’s purpose? What price integrity? Can the negotiations of compromise be catalysts for creative invention?

Free entry but booking essential

Gallery One

Having spent the 80’s in a post-punk wilderness, Mark Dean was catapulted into the eye of the art world in the early 90’s with his first video work, Love Love Love. This seminal piece set the pace for a distinctive body of work characterised by the use of modified loops  – image often lacerated from feature films and sound re-mixed from Pop music – focusing on the most fundamental aspects of the human condition.

Dean received a Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists in 2009 and in July 2010 was ordained in the Church of England. He states: I am interested in the relation of contemporary art and religion, but do not recognise any shared language with which to discuss this…

Following a short polemic the artist is joined in discussion by Canon Bruce Saunders and artists David Mollin, Tony Carter (Principal of City and Guilds Art School) and Naomi Siderfin (Chair and Beaconsfield Director).

This talk takes place in the context of Dean’s mid-career solo exhibition at Beaconsfield, The Beginning of The End.

Art & Compromise is a series of discursive lectures conceived by Beaconsfield in collaboration with City & Guilds of London Art School to address the various forms and occasions when compromise might enter into art-practice and the criteria that might be used to condemn or commend these effects.

This event is free but numbers are limited. To reserve a place contact: or 0207 582 6465

Art & Compromise (VI): Mark Dean follows presentations in the series by 15mm Films, artist Gustav Metzger, Contemporary Art Society Director, Paul Hobson and Director of Autograph ABP, Mark Sealy.