John Riddy

A panel discussion considering the work of artists who refuse to be mediated or filtered.

Using these artists as a starting point, panelists will discuss the social and political efficacy of refusal and how it might be used to ensure artists thrive outside our conventional market system. Embodying and producing new forms of value, it will examine the ability of refusal to forge free spaces in our cities unrestricted by the mediation of commerce or technological filters.


  • Emma Dexter, Director, Visual Arts, British Council
  • Claudia Paetzold, Art Advisor & Curator
  • Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator, General Ecology, Serpentine Galleries &
  • Curator, Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale 2019
  • Roya Sachs, Curator, Lever House Art Collection
  • Zoé Whitley, Senior Curator, Hayward Gallery
  • Sarah Wilson, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, Courtauld Institute
  • Robert C. Hanea, President & CEO, Therme Group

Moderated by:

Mikolaj Sekutowicz, Curator, Therme Art Program

Sat Nov 23

The British Pavilion (Piano Terra)

Giardini di Castello

Calle Giazzo, 30122

Venezia VE, Italy


  • 15.45 Doors open
  • 16.00 Introduction from Emma Dexter, Director, Visual Arts, British Council
  • 16.05 –17.00 Panel discussion
  • 17.00 –17.30 Q&A

Capacity is limited / RSVP to: agata.eltman@britishcouncil.org

Admission to Therme Forum requires a Biennale Art 2019 Ticket

For more information on the panel discussion please visit www.therme.art

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