Art & Compromise (II) – Paul Hobson

Gallery One Lecture

28 May 2008 at 2pm
free entry but booking essential

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?


Paul Hobson is Director of the Contemporary Art Society He was recently the Interim Director of The Showroom gallery and has held various strategic positions within the visual arts, including Director of the Moose Foundation for the Arts and Head of Strategy and Development at the Serpentine Gallery. This lecture will consider how artists negotiate the meaning, value and status of their work in an increasingly hybrid, transactional visual arts ecology – and the implications of the idea that all art is a form of negotiation.

The Art & Compromise series, delivered in partnership with City & Guilds of London Art School, addresses 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. Paul Hobson’s lecture forms part of a series including presentations by artist Gustav Metzger, Director of Autograph ABP, Mark Sealy, and the collective of disability artists,15mm Films.