Art Party comes to Scarborough

  • 17 September 2013

With installations from top UK artists, debates with leading art figures and an all-night afterparty, the Art Party Conference is a celebration of British art – and you're invited.

Bob and Roberta Smith

Bob and Roberta Smith

Organised by artist Bob and Roberta Smith, the Art Party Conference turns the traditional idea of a political party conference on its head to celebrate and discuss British art in a one-off event on 23 November 2013.

​Supported by the Art Fund, the event will take place at Scarborough Spa, a classic political party conference venue, transforming it into a celebration of British art with installations from artists including Jeremy Deller, Cornelia Parker and Mark Wallinger.

Beginning with a march through Scarborough with an inflatable version of Henry Moore's Old Flo, the event will decamp to Scarborough Spa, where there will be an opportunity for attendees to hear from art experts, have their say on pressing issues in the art world, and meet with artists and key figures from the art community, including Art Fund representatives.

While the conference has been organised with a focus on fun, it is also an opportunity to debate serious issues affecting the arts in Britain, including government cuts and the absence of arts subjects from the proposed English Baccalaureate.

The day ends with an all-night afterparty featuring live music and DJs, concluding with breakfast on the beach.

The Art Fund's Director, Stephen Deuchar, says, 'The Art Party Conference and the Art Fund share the vision that, through collaboration, individuals who care about art can achieve things that would otherwise be impossible. While government wants to create a "new" era of philanthropic giving to the arts, Art Fund members have been doing just that since 1903, believing that quality of life is bound up with opportunities for creativity, through access to the arts and education for all.'

Advance tickets are available for £5 through the Scarborough Spa website, and tickets can be bought for £6 on the day. To find out more, visit the Art Party Conference website.