5–4–3–2–1… Countdown to our official launch on Friday 10 November!

The King’s Building display cases are installed, the delegate packs have been packed, and speakers from around the world are beginning to arrive in London: everything is in place for our Modern Classicisms launch event on Friday 10 November here at King’s!

The launch explores the theme of ‘Classical Art and Contemporary Artists in Dialogue’, and has been organised in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Institute at King’s College London, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Minerva (The International Review of Ancient Art and Archaeology) and the Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins.

In total, 35 artists, academics, journalists and critics will be speaking, and our final programme can be viewed here. Our speakers and panelists are: Ruth Allen, Tiphaine Annabelle Besnard, Bruce Boucher, James Cahill, Léo Caillard, Sir Michael Craig Martin, Lindsay Fulcher, Russell Goulbourne, Donatien Grau,Constanze Güthenke, Patrick Kelly, Charlotte Higgins, Brooke Holmes, Nick Hornby, Jessica Hughes, Patrick Kelley, Polina Kosmadaki, Christopher Le Brun, Christian Levett, Jo Malt, Simon Martin, Ursula Mayer, Bénédicte Montaine, Minna Moore Ede, Robin Osborne, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Leisa Paoli, Elizabeth Prettejohn, Marc Quinn, Mary Reid Kelley, Alexandre Singh, Michael Squire, Caroline Vout, Evelyn Welch, Sarah Wilson and Raphael Woolf.

We are expecting a full house: we were able to release around 250 tickets for the day, and there is now a long waiting list.

If you wanted to join us, but were unable to get a ticket, please do come back to our website soon: a team will be filming the day, and we will be making a short documentary later in November.