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Durham University

University College


Durham Castle Lecture: Sir Nicholas Serota

6th February 2019, 18:00 to 19:30, Great Hall, Durham Castle, University College

The Creative Opportunity

We are in an era of technological change that will present our society and our species with unprecedented challenges and extraordinary opportunities. Across the world, governments, businesses and researchers are calling for a new generation of creative thinkers to help us adapt. The Durham Commission on Creativity has been looking at what this means for the UK; what business and society needs, what educators could do to prepare young people for these challenges and the particular contribution that the arts and culture sector could make to this task. In this lecture, Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of the Commission and of Arts Council England, discusses the context for the Commission, and shares his hopes for its outcomes.

*Please note the revised start time for this event*


In February 2017, Nicholas Serota took up his post as Chair of Arts Council England for the period through to 31 January 2021. Previously he was Director of Tate between 1988 and 2017. During his directorship, Tate opened Tate St Ives (1993) and Tate Modern (2000, expanded in 2016), redefining the Millbank building as Tate Britain (2000). Tate also broadened its field of interest to include 20th century photography, film, performance and occasionally architecture, as well as collecting from Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The national role of the gallery was further developed with the creation of the Plus Tate network of 35 institutions across Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Free and open to all. No ticket or reservation required.

- Doors open from 5.30pm.
- Lecture begins at 6pm, with questions for the speaker at 7pm.

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