ALL TOO HUMAN: BACON, FREUD AND A CENTURY OF PAINTING LIFE @ Tate Britain, May 2018. Session 3: ‘anxiety’.

“Every change is a form of liberation. My mother used to say a change is always good even if it’s for the worse.”

Paula Rego

The onset of anxiety is disorientating and can feel dispossessing – but is anxiety bad? How does anxiety arise? What does it make us alert to? Can it lead to a more authentic outlook?

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Join us on the 12th May, 19th May and 2nd June at Tate Britain’s Clore Auditorium and find out more about the sensuous, immediate and intense experience of life in paint, as captured by these painters who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways.

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Each event will consist of a panel discussion followed by an additional seminar led by experts from CPVA, allowing a closer look at the philosophical texts and arguments in play.

What Makes Us Human: anxiety


Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Coterie Of Questions (2015) Private Collection

There is much talk in the media about the new or toxic levels of anxiety facing many of us today. But there is much can we learn about anxiety from artists and philosophers who have contemplated it using very different mediums. CPVA is delighted to invite you to join us for an exploration of and discussion about Anxiety in the light of the selection of this unparalleled selection of paintings, brought together for a short while, at the Tate Britain.

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Following this event there will be a seminar from 15.30–17.30 in the Duffield Room. Experts from King’s College London’s Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts to look more closely at some of the most influential modern philosophy on anxiety and on mood.

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‘Philosophy in the Gallery’ is a collaboration between The Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts at King’s College London and Tate, supported by the Cultural Institute at King’s.