On Being An Artist

Michael Craig-Martin, Paul Winstanley and Richard Noble

  • On Being An Artist_ Caption_ Portrait of Michael Craig-Martin by Caroline True. Portrait of Paul Winstanley by Carrie Winstanley

    Portrait of Michael Craig-Martin by Caroline True. Portrait of Paul Winstanley by Carrie Winstanley

Past Event

This event was on Thurs 5 Sep, 7pm


What does an artist think about when they set out to make a work? Where do their ideas and inspirations come from? How do they begin to translate those thoughts into material form? 

Join artists Sir Michael Craig-Martin and Paul Winstanley in a conversation with Richard Noble about their recent books On Being An Artist and 59 Paintings respectively, in which they discuss what it means to be an artist today. 

In a lively mix of reminiscence, personal manifesto, anecdote and advice for the aspiring artist, here they offer their own perspective on the process of making works of art. With their long and varied experience of art education, they also discuss the current state and status of art schools in the UK and the lifelong benefits that an artistic training can bring.

This event is followed by a book signing with Michael Craig-Martin and Paul Winstanley at 8.30pm.

In association with Art / Books.

This event is part of the London Art Book Fair, for more information and to see rest of the events click here.

About Paul Winstanley

Paul Winstanley was born in Manchester in 1954. He studied painting at Cardiff College of Art from 1973 to 1976, and at the Slade School of Art in London between 1976 and 1978. He won the first prize of the Unilever Award at the Whitechapel Open in 1989, and two years later was appointed Kettle’s Yard artist-in-residence at the University of Cambridge. He has work in important public and private collections in Europe and the United States. He is represented by Mitchell Innes + Nash, New York; 1301PE, Los Angeles; Kerlin Gallery, Dublin; Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg; and Alan Cristea Gallery, London. He lives and works in London.

About Sir Michael Craig-Martin CBE

Sir Michael Craig-Martin CBE, RA was born in Dublin in 1941. Between 1961 and 1966, he studied at Yale School of Art and Architecture. He returned to Europe in the mid-1960s and was a key figure in the first generation of British conceptualists. As a tutor at Goldsmiths College in London from 1973 to 1988 and again from 1994 to 2000, he had a significant influence on two generations of young British artists. He has had major exhibitions and retrospectives at museums and galleries across the world, and has several permanent large-scale installations in Europe and Asia. In 1990, he was appointed a trustee of Tate Gallery; in 2001, he was awarded a CBE; and in 2006, he was elected a Royal Academician. His work is held in many international museum collections, including Tate, London; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and Museum of Modern Art, New York. He is curator of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015.