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Performance: Brian Catling RA

Academicians' Room events

Monday 24 April 2017
6.30 — 8pm

Call 020 7300 8090 to book. Open to Academicians’ Room members, Friends of the RA and the general public.

Brian Catling RA, 'Cyclops', series, 2013. In collaboration with David Tolley.

Brian Catling RA will be performing a short work influenced by his novels ‘The Vorrh’ and ‘The Erstwhile’ in the Academicians’ Room. He will then briefly talk about the performance and his writing.

Brian Catling RA is a London-born multimedia artist. His broad, category-defying practice spans sculpture, painting, performance, video-making and poetry. Recently he has been writing novels and making small egg tempera portraits of cyclopes.

Brian was born in London in 1948. He studied at the East London Polytechnic (BA), followed by the Royal College of Art (MA). He is currently professor of Fine Art and head of the Ruskin School of Art and a fellow of Linacre College, Oxford. Some of his most notable works include a commissioned memorial to the Site of Execution, Tower of London in 2007 and Cyclops at South London Gallery in 1996. Brian has exhibited and performed in the USA, Norway, Iceland, Germany, Japan and England including four solo exhibitions at Matt’s Gallery between 1987-2011. In 2015 he won a Cholmondeley Award from the Society of Authors for his distinctive contribution to British poetry.

His first novel The Vorrh, published in 2015, is the first instalment of a trilogy; a literary dark fantasy that wilfully ignores boundaries, crossing over into surrealism, magic-realism, horror and steampunk. Released in March 2017, The Erstwhile is the second book in the Vorrh trilogy, in which good and evil, angels and humans, are heading towards a final Miltonic apocalyptic conclusion.

This will be a performance and poetic conversation not to miss.

This event is open to members of the Academicians’ Room, Friends of the RA and the general public. Doors open at 6.30pm and the talk will start at 7pm

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Monday 24 April 2017

6.30 — 8pm

The Academicians' Room, The Keeper's House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly


Call 020 7300 8090 to book. Open to Academicians’ Room members, Friends of the RA and the general public.