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Professor Sir Christopher Frayling

Distinguished Lecture Series - Slaying the Sixth Giant: reflections on the public funding of the arts

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Sir Christopher is an accomplished author, critic, policy-maker, broadcaster, presenter and a successful champion for broadening the scope of cultural awareness and education. He was Chairman of Arts Council England, 2005-2009.

  • From: Wednesday 12 November 2014, 6 pm
  • To: Wednesday 12 November 2014, 7.15 pm
  • Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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Sir Christopher previously served as Rector of the Royal College of Art and Chair of the Arts Council England.

Sir Christopher is an award-winning broadcaster on network radio and television, and author of 21 books on the arts, design and popular culture.

He has chaired numerous arts committees, including the Design Council, the Royal Mint Advisory Committee and the Crafts Study Centre.

Sir Christopher was knighted in 2001 for Services to Art and Design Education. He was awarded an honorary degree, Doctor of Art (DArt), from Nottingham Trent University in November 2013.

For further details about Sir Christopher, please download our online brochure.

Lecture synopsis:
The welfare state in the post-war period set out to slay the "five giants of physical poverty". It also set out to slay a sixth giant - poverty of aspiration - through, among other things, the public funding of the arts. Seventy years on, it is time to take stock, learn lessons and examine this "great experiment".

This lecture is held in conjunction with our celebration of 170 years of Art and Design in Nottingham.

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Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street


Our City site is located in Nottingham City Centre. There are a number of public car parks within a short walk from the University - Trinity Square and Talbot Street. There is also limited metered on street parking on Chaucer and Shakespeare Streets.

Travel Info:

If arriving by tram, please use the Nottingham Trent University stop. The Newton building can be found a short walk away along the same street.

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