Art

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Brian May & Elena Vidal

A Village Lost and Found

Hay Festival 2010, 
A painstaking excavation of exquisite stereo photographs from the dawn of photography transports us back in time to the lost world of an Oxfordshire village of the 1850s. Pioneering stereographer TR Williams created these powerfully atmospheric views of rural society in 1856, and here today they burst into glorious 3D life.
Brian May & Elena Vidal

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Neil Gaiman talks to Claire Armitstead

A Conversation

Hay Festival 2015, 

The prolific and inspiring creator of game-changing books, comics, films and songs talks about his work. His latest book is Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances.

Neil Gaiman talks to Claire Armitstead

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Quentin Blake

The Hay Library Lecture: In and Out of the Book – The Uses of Illustration

Hay Festival 2013, 

This year’s library lecture is given by the illustrator and writer, whose long collaboration with Roald Dahl and his own work, which includes Clown, Zagazoo, Mrs Armitage, Mister Magnolia and his recent study Beyond The Page, have confirmed him as one of Britain’s greatest artists.

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Paul Roberts

Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum

Hay Festival 2013, 

An exploration of the lives of the ordinary people of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the two cities on the Bay of Naples that were buried by the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The plaster-cast bodies of the victims are the most vivid and shocking reminders of the horrific event that made Pompeii famous, but who were these men, women and children so cruelly frozen in time?

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Gerald Scarfe, Brian Griffiths and Paul Gravett talk to Simon Grant

Tate @ Hay 2: Rude Britannia – Comic Art

Hay Festival 2010, 
To coincide with Tate Britain’s historic survey of satire, from Gillray to Viz, we bring together a great cartoonist, a comic historian and an artist to discuss the form.

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Rowan Williams and Neil MacGregor

Images of Faith – Help or Hindrance?

Hay Festival 2013, 

A conversation about religion and imagery with the former Archbishop and Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and the Director of the British Museum, author of A History of the World in 100 Objects and Shakespeare’s Restless World.

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Kevin McCloud

Hay Festival 2009, 
Grand Designs, sustainable building, and the pleasures of contemporary architecture. Chaired by Peter Guttridge.

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Cath Kidston talks to Lisa Armstrong

Coming Up Roses

Hay Festival 2013, 

Celebrating 20 years of Cath Kidston Ltd, one of Britain’s most admired designers and businesswomen tells her story of the highs, lows and learnings that saw the company grow to become one of the country’s bestselling brands.

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Antony Gormley talks to Tim Marlow

NEW EVENT

Hay Festival 2009, 
This summer, sculptor Antony Gormley is inviting everyone from across the UK to help create an astonishing living monument. He is asking people to occupy the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in London, a space normally reserved for statues of Kings and Generals. They will become an image of themselves, and part of a portrait of the United Kingdom now. Over the last 25 years, Antony has dedicated himself to an exploration of the body as a place of memory and transformation, often using his own body as his subject, tool and material. Here he talks about his work and this summer’s groundbreaking new project, One and Other.

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Brian May and Denis Pellerin

Diableries: 3D Stereoscopy

Hay Festival 2014, 

The astrophysicist, Queen guitarist and songwriter presents the astonishing results of his collaboration with Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming with a sensational 3D screening of the C19th French visionary dioramas depicting life in a strange parallel universe called Enfer – Hell.

Brian May and Denis Pellerin

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Tracey Emin in conversation with Dylan Jones

Talking About Art

Hay Festival 2017, 

Tracey Emin’s art is one of disclosure, using her life events as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to photography, needlework and sculpture. Emin reveals her hopes, humiliations, failures and successes in candid and, at times, excoriating work that is frequently both tragic and humorous.

Emin’s work has an immediacy and often sexually provocative attitude that firmly locates her oeuvre within the tradition of feminist discourse. By re-appropriating conventional handicraft techniques – or ‘women’s work’ – for radical intentions, Emin’s work resonates with the feminist tenets of the ‘personal as political’. In Everyone I’ve Ever Slept With, Emin used the process of appliqué to inscribe the names of lovers, friends and family within a small tent, into which the viewer had to crawl, becoming both voyeur and confidante. Her interest in the work of Edvard Munch and Egon Schiele particularly inform Emin’s paintings, monoprints and drawings, which explore complex personal states and ideas of self-representation through manifestly expressionist styles and themes.

Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963, and studied at Maidstone College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. She has exhibited extensively internationally including solo and group exhibitions in Holland, Germany, Japan, Australia and America. In 2007 Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale, becoming the second female artist ever to do so. That same year, Emin was made a Royal Academician and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, a Doctor of Letters from the University of Kent and a Doctor of Philosophy from London Metropolitan University. In 2011 she became the Royal Academy’s Professor of Drawing and in 2012, Queen Elizabeth II appointed her Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her contributions to the visual arts.

She talks to the editor of GQ magazine.

Tracey Emin in conversation with Dylan Jones

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Kate Brotherton-Ratcliffe, Tim Martin, Fiona Gray and Bruce Gray

The Renaissance of Talgarth Mill

Hay Festival 2011, 
The restoration of Talgarth Mill, derelict for 70 years, into a functioning artisan bakery is nearly complete.

Duration 45 minutes.

Entry to this event is free but you must obtain a ticket

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Kevin McCloud

43 Principles of Home

Hay Festival 2011, 
The design guru looks at the internal spaces of home and celebrates Enjoying Life in the 21st Century.
Kevin McCloud’s 43 Principles of Home - Kevin McCloud

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Grayson Perry

The Thames & Hudson Lecture

Hay Festival 2010, 
An illustrated lecture on the work of the groundbreaking and brilliant ceramicist who collected the Turner Prize in a lilac babydoll dress and red pumps.
Grayson Perry

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Las hermanas Brown 1975–2008

Conversación con Nicholas Nixon

Alhambra 2009, 
The Brown Sisters, la serie fotográfica de su mujer y sus tres cuñadas que el fotógrafo Nicholas Nixon ha venido haciendo cada año, desde 1975 hasta la actualidad, constituye una de las indiscutibles obras maestras de la fotografía del siglo xx. En torno a su relevancia en la historia de la fotografía y las reflexiones que suscita sobre la vida y el paso del tiempo, conversarán, con el autor, Pablo Jiménez Burillo (Fundación MAPFRE), Manuel Rodríguez Rivero, crítico cultural, y Carlos Gollonet, especialista en fotografía contemporánea.

Se ofrecerá traducción simultánea del inglés al español

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Simon Jenkins faces Stephen Bayley and John Goodall

J’Accuse

Hay Festival 2010, 
The National Trust Chairman is in the dock for vulgarising and dumbing down the curating of Britain’s heritage. The celebrated style guru and the architectural editor of Country Life lead the prosecution. Fruit may be thrown.

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Rachel Campbell-Johnston

Mysterious Wisdom

Hay Festival 2011, 
The art critic introduces her biography of the Romantic artist and visionary Samuel Palmer.

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Rabih Alameddine y Rawi Hage en conversación con Mathias Enard

Alhambra 2009, 
Rabih Alameddine y Rawi Hage comparten origen (Líbano) y una proyección internacional como autores que combinan con otras actividades. Conversarán con el escritor Mathias Enard, autor de Zona, acerca de su obra, de la experiencia de escribir en varios idiomas y vivir en países diversos. Rabih Alameddine es artista plástico además de escritor, ha recibido una beca Guggenheim, ha sido profesor en MIT y la Universidad Americana de Beirut y tiene publicadas dos obras en España, Yo, La divina y El contador de historias. Rawi Hage trabaja como artista visual y fotográfo, ha colaborado con varias publicaciones internacionales y, con su primera novela, De Niro’s Game, ganó el prestigioso premio IMPAC en 2008; su segunda novela es Cockroach.

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Alan Lee

JRR Tolkien’s Beren and Lúthien

Hay Festival 2017, 

We are delighted to launch the next instalment in the ‘three great tales’, which began with The Children Of Hurin, painstakingly pieced together by the author’s son, Christopher. Tolkien began work on the story in early 1917 when he returned from the Somme. Set in Middle Earth, at the heart of the tale is a love story between a mortal man and an immortal elf, seen as the precursor to the Aragorn/Arwen story in the Lord of the Rings. The illustrator Alan Lee has created some iconic Middle-Earth imagery, and worked on the Peter Jackson films, for which he won an Oscar.  

Alan Lee

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Will Anderson and Sunand Prasad talk to Alok Jha

Designing Sustainable Homes and Buildings

Hay Festival 2010, 
Is it possible to build homes and workplaces that are environmentally sound, affordable and a pleasure to live and work in? The former President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Senior Partner of Penoyre & Prasad LLP, and the author of Homes for a Changing Climate are in conversation with Alok Jha of the Guardian.

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Julia Peyton-Jones, Roger Scruton, William Packer and Shani Rhys James chaired by Will Gompertz

The Welsh Academy of Art Debate

Hay Festival 2014, 

‘The supreme tragedy is when theory outstrips performance’ – Leonardo da Vinci. Does contemporary art celebrate concept without skill? What is the value of a Fine Art degree? The Welsh Academy of Art presents a debate on the state of contemporary art and art education.

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Dan Pearson

Spirit: Garden Inspiration

Hay Festival 2009, 
The garden writer explores the idea of a sense of place, illustrated with design influences as diverse as his childhood garden, the desert of southern California, the Thames houseboat moorings near Tower Bridge, the Villa d’Este, the Pantheon and a Japanese forest lodge.

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Brian Gambles, Patrick Arends and Ian Ward

Rewriting The Book: The Library Of Birmingham

Hay Festival 2013, 

The £189m Library of Birmingham opens in September this year, and will be the largest public library in Europe. It will provide a showcase for the city’s internationally important collections of archives, photography and rare books, a gallery space, a new flexible studio theatre, an outdoor amphitheatre and two garden terraces. The Project Director, architect and the Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council will discuss bringing this ambitious project to fruition.

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David Parker

The World’s Oldest Bible: How Technology Shapes Belief

Hay Festival 2013, 

Codex Sinaiticus, copied in the middle of the C4th, is both the oldest surviving Christian Bible and one of the first to be made. Parker describes this beautiful and remarkable manuscript, discussing the religious significance of the technological revolution from which it emerged and suggests parallels with other momentous happenings in the history of the book, which have shaped belief.

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Julian Orbach talks to Simon Jenkins

Gwynedd: Pevsner Buildings of Wales

Hay Festival 2009, 
The architectural survey examines the treasures of north-west Wales.