IMA Annual Lecture: Professor Sir Christopher Frayling: Craftmanship - a word to start an argument? (Lecture )

Posted: Monday, 12 October 2015

The Irish Museums Association is delighted to announce that Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, will be delivering the prestigious Annual James White Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, 11 November, 6pm, at the National Gallery of Ireland.

Craftmanship - a word to start an argument?

The word 'craft' has many different meanings - too many - and as a result often becomes a thought-preventer. It now covers a very wide spectrum from traditional rural crafts to the latest sculptural objects in galleries; craft touches design, and also touches fine art. This illustrated lecture will explore some of these meanings, and will argue that now is an excellent time to set aside differences and energetically to promote the importance of making things.

An educationalist, writer and broadcaster, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling is a former Chairman of Arts Council England and of the Design Council (UK), a former trustee of the V&A, and a governor of the British Film Institute. He was Rector and Vice-Provost of the London's Royal College of Art until 2009, is Chancellor of the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), and serves on the Advisory Council of the Burren College of Art, Co. Clare. He is well known in the public sphere for his writings on cinema, specifically the Spaghetti Western genre, as a writer and presenter of TV programmes such as The Face of Tutankhamun and Strange Landscape: Journey through the Middle Ages. With a wide output as a writer and critic, in 2011 he published On Craftmanship: towards a new Bauhaus.

On announcing details of this prestigious event in the Irish museum sector's calendar, Brian Crowley, Chair of the Irish Museums Association, commented "This dynamic administrator and cultural historian has helped lead and revitalise some of the most important cultural institutions in the UK. A strong advocate for the arts and creative industries, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling has tirelessly campaigned to persuade the broader public that the arts matter. The value of the arts and culture is an issue that the Irish Museums Association champions and strives to address in events such as the James White lecture. This lecture provides a platform for international cultural leaders to engage with the general public each year. We need to ensure that culture remains on local and national government agendas and is recognised as a vital part of contemporary Irish society and a significant contributor to our economy."

The Annual James White Memorial Lecture, now in its 14th year, is held each Autumn in memory of Dr James White, one of the founders of the Irish Museums Association and former Director of the National Gallery of Ireland (1964-1980). It provides a forum for some of the most influential national and international contemporary museum professionals to speak on matters relating to museums. Previous guest speakers include Philippe de Montebello, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Dr Penelope Curtis, Tate Britain; Neil McGregor, Director, British Museum; and Mark Jones, Victoria & Albert Museum.

This is a free event but booking is necessary. Click here to visit the booking page.

For further information contact Gina O'Kelly, Irish Museums Association: +353 (0)1 412 0939 /

The IMA is supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and the Heritage Council. This event is additionally supported by the host venue, National Gallery of Ireland.