Date: Friday 10 November 2017 (c. 9:15am–6:30pm)

Location: Great Hall, King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

Our opening workshop in November 2017 launched the first phase of Modern Classicisms: it brought together art historians, collectors, critics and artists, examining what the classical artistic legacy means from the vantage-point of contemporary artistic practice. We had a packed house in the Great Hall at King’s: there were 35 speakers in total, and over 250 delegates. There was a long waiting list for tickets: all sessions were therefore filmed, and videos (along with a short documentary about the day) will be available in December 2017.

The workshop took the form of a series of dialogues and discussions. It was structured around five thematic sessions – each opened with a short introduction or interview, followed by a panel response and group discussion. There were also three ‘interventions’ – including film screenings, artist discussions and interviews. Speakers and respondents included not only classicists and art historians, but also curators, critics, journalists and, above all, artists themselves (including someof the most celebrated names in the contemporary art world). Other on-campus activities included guided ‘virtual tours’ of the Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins, and a temporary exhibition in the King’s Building on the receptions of the ‘his’ and ‘hers’ of classical sculpture.

Speakers and panellists: 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.

The event was run by the Arts and Humanities Research Institute at King’s College London, in partnership with the Courtauld Institute of Art, Minerva (The International Review of Ancient Art and Archaeology) and the Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins.

For more information, please visit here. The full programme – complete with biographies of speakers – can be downloaded here.