Current and Future Events


Past Events

Public Lecture: Realisation - From Seeing to Understanding

12th May 2015 | 8:00 pm

Swindon Literary Festival Swindon

More info..

Public Lecture: Realisation - From Seeing to Understanding

25th April 2015 | 11:00 am

AyeWrite Festival, Glasgow

More info.. 

Public Lecture: Realisation - From Seeing to Understanding

22nd April 2015| time tbc.

Hexham Literary Festival | The Hearth Centre, Horsley

More info..

Public Debate: The Purpose of the Arts Today with Raymond Tallis, Will Gompertz and Anthony Downey.

22nd March 2015 | 7:00 pm

FT Weekend. Oxford Literary Festival, Ashmolean.

More info..

Public Lecture: Realisation - From Seeing to Understanding

11th March 2015 | 11:00 am

Words by the Water Book Festival | Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, Cumbria.

More info..

Public debate: The Purpose of the Arts Today - With Raymond Tallis.

3rd March 2015 | 7:00 pm

Waterstones Piccadilly, London

More info..

Opening Address: The Art of Joachim Wtewael

20th February 2015 | 5:00 pm

Central Museum |Utrecht, Holland

More info..

Keynote speaker: Consciousness, Conservation and Creativity

22nd January 2015

Student Conference, Plymouth College of Art


Public Lecture: The sources of creativity in three women artists:

Beryl Cook, Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven and Niki de St Phalle

22nd January 2015

Plymouth College of Art

More info..

THE PURPOSE OF THE ARTS TODAY - A talk by Raymond Tallis and Julian Spalding

Kings Place - Hall One  |  90 York Way, London  |  Monday 1st December 2014

For more information please follow this link.

Julian will be giving a talk on 'The Poetic Museums'.

6.00 pm on Wednesday 15th May 2013 | St James Church Piccadilly.

The talk is arranged by the Independent Turner Society and is open to the public.

The new Elisabeth Frink Catalogue RAISONNE, for which Julian has written the main essay, is out on 9th April 2013.

This catalogue is published by Lund Humphries and will be available on Amazon.

A fleeting appearance on Bloomberg News on 11th December 2012 | Follow this link.

Julian Spalding will be speaking at three events in the

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN Festival | Hay-on-Wye on Wednesday 6th June 2012

10:30am | Philosophy Session | State of Innovation

Richard Deacon, Sophia McDougall, Dennis Marks, Julian Spalding. Juliet Gardiner chairs.


Patronage has always played a key role in the arts, and in today's culture that comes in the form of state support. But can innovation take place within these walls? Would starving the arts of money be a mutilation of national culture or just possibly make them stronger?


Turner Prize-winning sculptor Richard Deacon, outspoken critic and gallerist Julian Spalding, Royal Opera House director Dennis Marks and novelist Sophie McDougall question the role of the state in keeping the arts alive.


4:00pm | Art Session | Art and the Artful

Julian Spalding, Andy Holden, Julian Stallabrass. Georgina Adam chairs.

After a century in which art has been driven more by concept than technique, is artistic skill back on the agenda? Would reconciling the art world with the values of craftsmanship be progress, or an empty gesture towards an arcadian fantasy?


Provocative critic Julian Spalding, Tate Britain exhibited conceptual artist Andy Holden, and the Courtauld's Julian Stallabrass consider the relationship between art and skill.

5:00pm | Philosophy Session | Con Art

Julian Spalding

Fresh from the success of his book Con Art: Why You Ought to Sell Your Damien Hirsts While You Can, Julian Spalding redefines the notion of conceptual art for the 21st century.

All content © Julian Spalding