Christopher Le Brun - President of the RA, Frances Morris - Director Tate Modern and Alex Beard - CEO Royal Opera House, debate the future for arts organisations on 14 July 2016, 6.30pm at The arts in the UK: A vision for the future, the Royal Over-Seas League’s inaugural Evelyn Wrench Lecture.

Our esteemed panellists will explore the real opportunities and threats faced by arts and cultural institutions and explain how these issues shape the evolution of their organisation – from programming to funding and audience development – painting their vision for how arts in the UK will figure in years to come.

Named in honour of ROSL’s founder, the Evelyn Wrench Lecture Series, encompasses all topics; from politics to the arts, science to culture, environmental issues to international relations and much more. ROSL aims to delve into all these issues by inviting prestigious and distinguished guests within these fields to speak, argue and inform audiences on these central ideas and issues.

Sir Evelyn Wrench was an entrepreneur, forward thinker and explorer, founding the Royal Over-Seas League in 1910 to broaden international friendship, and, importantly, encourage strong debate over the world’s most thought-provoking questions and hard-hitting issues.

Tickets for this exciting event are now on sale. All tickets include the champagne reception and entry to the lecture. For guests wishing for further debate, we are delighted to invite you to join us for a two-course fine-dining dinner in our beautiful clubhouse.

Tickets for the reception and lecture: £25 for ROSL members and £30 for non-members

Tickets for the reception, lecture and dinner: £60 for ROSL members and £70 for non-members. Please note: tickets for dinner are limited and expected to sell out fast.

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Event details: 14 July, 6.30pm, Princess Alexandra Hall, ROSL, Over-Seas House, Park Place, London SW1A 1LR



Notes to the editor: About the panellists

Alex Beard - Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, appointed in 2013, and previously Deputy Director for Tate. He became Director of Finance and Administration of Tate in 1995, Director of Business in 1999 and Deputy Director in 2002. During his time with Tate, Beard worked closely with Director Nicholas Serota in the creation of Tate Modern, the development programme for Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate St Ives, and the launch of The Tanks at Tate Modern in 2012, while also overseeing the business operations of the Tate galleries. At the end of 2012, he was appointed CBE for his services to the arts

Christopher Le Brun -  Painter, sculptor and printmaker, trained at the Slade and Chelsea Schools of Art. He appeared early on in group exhibitions such as the influential Zeitgeist exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau,Berlin, and, from 1980, in many solo exhibitions in Britain, Europe and America. He was a prizewinner at the John Moores Liverpool exhibitions in 1978 and 1980, and worked in Berlin in 1987-88 as guest of the DAAD Artists-in-Residence programme. Between 1990 and 2003, Le Brun served as a trustee of the Tate and subsequently of the National Gallery, a period which saw his involvement in the radical developments of Tate at Bankside, Liverpool and St Ives, as well as the redevelopment and masterplan of the east wing of the National Gallery. In recent years he has been a trustee of the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Royal (formerly Prince’s) Drawing School, which he helped to establish in 2000. In the same year, he was elected Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy, and in 2011, he was elected President of the Royal Academy – the youngest to be elected since Lord Leighton in 1878.

Frances Morris  - Director of Tate Modern, Frances has overall responsibility for conceiving and executing the curatorial programme of collection displays and exhibitions at Tate Modern and for representing the gallery externally and internally. She was appointed to this role in April 2016, and was previously Director of Collection, International Art. She works closely with the Tate Americas Foundation and Tate Development to manage the curatorial strategy and activities of Tate’s eight acquisition committees. Morris joined Tate as a Curator in the Modern Collection, later becoming Head of Displays (until 2006), and was part of the team that delivered the opening collection display and programme of the new Tate Modern in 2000.

About ROSL

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