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Arts Stage

FT Weekend Live Festival



Speakers (11)

Simon Schama

Simon Schama

Art Historian, University Professor and FT contributing Editor

Art historian, university professor, FT contributing editor and prize-winning author of sixteen books, Simon Schama has written widely on music, art, politics and food. As a populariser of art history, he believes in bringing history to the people and his television work as writer and presenter for the BBC has achieved exactly that. Stretching over two decades it includes the fifteen-part A History of Britain and the eight-part, Emmy-winning Power of Art

Bendor Grosvenor

Bendor Grosvenor

Art Historian and Broadcaster
Georgina Adam

Georgina Adam

Art Market editor-at-large, The Art Newspaper
Art market contributor, Financial Times

Georgina Adam is the Financial Times’ art market contributor. She is also art market editor-at-large for The Art Newspaper. Georgina has just published Big Bucks: The explosion of the Art Market in the 21st century (Lund Humphries).

Peter Aspden

Peter Aspden

Arts Writer
Financial Times

Peter Aspden is the Financial Times’ arts writer, having previously been its arts editor for five years. He joined the paper in 1994, as deputy books and arts editor and a general feature writer on Weekend FT.

He was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, before going into journalism. He joined the Times Higher Education Supplement in 1985, where he went on to become deputy editor.

Mr Aspden has been writing the Revolver column, a weekly commentary on contemporary culture, since January 2004. The name of the column comes from a famous quote attributed to Hermann Goering – “Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver” – as well as being the name of the greatest (Beatles) pop album of all time.

Hannah Barry

Hannah Barry

The Hannah Barry Gallery

Hannah Barry is the founder of The Hannah Barry Gallery, which grew out of a series of temporary exhibition projects in South London before establishing a permanent home in Peckham in 2007. The roster was built around British artists and in particular the leading young British sculptors James Capper and Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq.
The gallery has also initiated a series of high-profile international projects including the celebrated Palazzo Peckham for the 2013 Venice Biennale. Hannah Barry also founded Bold Tendencies as a not-for-profit creative enterprise and arts organisation based in Peckham in 2007. It is located on Levels 7-10 of the disused municipal multi-storey car park. Over a 10 year period Bold Tendencies - together with its core partner projects Frank’s Cafe and the award-winning Multi-Story Orchestra - has transformed its car park home through an annual commissioning programme of visual art, music and literature and pioneering architectural commissions including Frank’s and the Hay Bale Auditorium. With immersive public spaces, spectacular views across London and innovative portfolio of education and community work the project has attracted more than 1 million visitors so far.
From 2007-2014 Hannah Barry worked closely with Anthony d’Offay in particular on the fifty ARTIST ROOMS of Post-war and Contemporary art donated by Anthony d’Offay to TATE and the National Galleries of Scotland in 2008, with the generous help of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments. The purpose of the donation was to make available to regional museums in the UK curated monographic exhibitions of many of the most distinguished artists of modern times - from Joseph Beuys and Andy Warhol to Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst - with a special emphasis on young people and education. The size of the donation makes ARTIST ROOMS one of the major acts of philanthropy in art of our time.
She is Co-Chair of the Chinati Contemporary Council, Marfa Texas and co-founded the Matchstick Press, which published the first collection of the work of British poet Rachael Allen last fall.

John  Banville

John Banville

Novelist, Playwright, Screenwriter and Book reviewer

John Banville is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter and book reviewer. His latest novel is The Blue Guitar. He has been awarded the Austrian State Prize for Literature, the Kafka Prize, the Prince of Asturias award and the Man Booker Prize. He writes crime novels under the pen-name Benjamin Black. These include Christine FallsElegy for April and Even the Dead. He lives in Dublin

Photo credit: Douglas Banville

Jan  Dalley

Jan Dalley

Arts Editor
Financial Times

Jan Dalley is the arts editor of the Financial Times, appointed in November 2004. She joined the FT in 1999 as the literary editor. Previously, she was literary editor of the Independent on Sunday for eight years, and has written arts and literary journalism for fifteen years. Before becoming a journalist, she worked in publishing.

Jan has judged literary prizes including the Booker Prize, the Whitbread, the Hawthornden prize and the Encore Prize. Her latest book is Black Hole: Money, Myth and Empire, a study of the Black Hole of Calcutta, published by Penguin in 2006.

Barry Forshaw

Barry Forshaw

Crime Critc
Financial Times

Barry Forshaw is one of the UK’s leading experts on crime fiction and film. He is the crime critic of the Financial Times, and his books include Nordic Noir, Sex and Film, Brit Noir and The Rough Guide to Crime FictionOther work includes Death in a Cold Climate, British Gothic Cinema, Euro Noir and the Keating Award-winning British Crime Writing: An Encyclopedia, along with books on Italian cinema, Stieg Larsson and H.G. Wells. He edits Crime Time (, and is a regular broadcaster and panellist. He has been Vice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, and talks at City University and the British Library on the history of crime fiction.

Edwin Heathcote

Edwin Heathcote

Architecture and Design Critic
Financial Times

Edwin Heathcote is the FT's Architecture and Design Critic.  He is an architect and designer and the author of around a dozen books including, most recently, The Meaning of Home.  He writes a monthly column for GQ Magazine and is a regular contributor for magazines including Icon, Apollo and l'Architecture d'Aujord Hui.  He is currently establishing an online archive of design writing.  

Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

Music critic
FT Weekend
Paloma Strelitz

Paloma Strelitz


Assemble is a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art. They take a hands on, collaborative approach, and whilst their work usually includes design it rarely starts or ends there, often employing a range of means from the social to the infrastructural to make spaces which enable independence; self-authorship, creativity and difference. In 2015 Assemble were awarded the Turner Prize for their on-going work in ‘Granby Four Streets’, Liverpool. 

Paloma Strelitz is one of the co-founders of Assemble. She studied architecture at Cambridge University between 2006-2009 before completing a Masters in Architecture at the RCA in 2013. She is currently working on a commission to create a new public art gallery for Goldsmiths College in London.


Agenda - 3rd Sep

  • 11:00am
    Has contemporary art sold out?

    Does the market rule everything, or is real creativity still possible? A lively debate with Georgina Adam, FT’s Art Market Contributor and Art Market Editor-at-Large, The Art Newspaper, and Art Historian Dr Bendor Grosvenor, chaired by FT’s Arts Editor, Jan Dalley

  • 12:00pm
    Art and the new media

    How does art translate to television and other broadcast media? Historian, Broadcaster and the FT's contributing Editor, Simon Schama speaks with FT's Arts Editor, Jan Dalley on the challenges and discoveries

  • 2:00pm
    Life of a Song

    FT Weekend’s highly popular weekly column, brought to life onstage by FT’s Arts Writer, Peter Aspden and FT’s Pop Critic, Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

  • 3:00pm
    John Banville on the perils of crime-writing

    Why John Banville created his dark brother Benjamin Black, and what Banville and Black think of each other. The Man Booker prizewinning Author meets FT’s Crime Critic Barry Forshaw to discuss the lure - and the pitfalls - of crime writing

  • 4:00pm
    How to identify a lost masterpiece

    Art Historian and Broadcaster of BBC1’s Fake or Fortune? and BBC4’s Britain’s Lost Masterpieces, Dr Bendor Grosvenor will give an insight into the fascinating world of art discovery, and show how anyone, if equipped with the right tools, can learn how to identify lost masterpieces

  • 5:00pm
    The future of progressive architecture

    The radical Turner Prize-winning art and architecture collective Assemble, represented by Paloma Strelitz and gallerist and dealer Hannah Barry, talk to FT’s Architecture Critic Edwin Heathcote

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