Reflections on practice

Talk | Sunday 22 September | 2pm | 1 hour

Taking his recent 60th birthday as an opportunity to reflect upon his career, and his connection with Chatsworth, Mark Wallinger is joined by Beth Bate, Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts; a good friend who has worked with him on a number of commissions and projects.

Mark is one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2001 and was twice nominated for the Turner Prize, which he won in 2007. Mark’s sculpture Ecce Homo was the first work to occupy the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square; his work Labyrinth is a major and permanent commission for Art on the Underground; The World Turned Upside Down, installed outside LSE, is his latest public artwork. He has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, and his work is part of major collections around the world.

More about the speakers

Mark Wallinger

Mark Wallinger's astonishingly multi-faceted work encompasses painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, film and video, performance and work for the public realm. Nominated for the 1995 Turner Prize, he won the prestigious award in 2007 with his installation ‘State Britain’. His work ‘Ecce Homo’ (1999–2000) was the first piece to occupy the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square, and he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2001. ‘Labyrinth' (2013), a major and permanent commission for Art on the Underground, was created to celebrate 150 years of the London Underground.

Wallinger is known for his career-long engagement with ideas of power, authority, artifice and illusion. Using epic narratives, lyrical metaphors and ardent punning, the artist interleaves the mythological, the political and the everyday. In 2018, the permanent work ‘Writ in Water’, a monumental installation, was realised for the National Trust, celebrating Magna Carta at Runnymede, and ‘The World Turned Upside Down’ was unveiled in 2019 for the London School of Economics.

Beth Bate

Beth Bate is Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA). With large-scale gallery spaces, cinemas, a print studio and an award-winning learning programme, DCA attracts over 405,000 visits a year. Previously Beth was Director of Great North Run Culture in Newcastle and a consultant on curatorial and advocacy projects with organisations including The British Museum, Arts Council England, and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. Originally from Wales, Beth has a BA (Hons) in English with History of Art and an MA in Museum Studies. She is a Clore Fellow and a Trustee of Edinburgh Art Festival and of West Ward Works, and a member of the Scotland Advisory Committee for the British Council.

Image credits: Mark Wallinger credit Grazyna Dobrzanska-Redrup; Beth Bate credit Caroline Briggs

Banner image: id Painting 37, 2015, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Copyright Mark Wallinger, Photographer Alex Delfanne