National Museum of Art Lecture Series 2012: Wales at Venice

| National Museum Cardiff

Wednesday 25 April 2012 - 18:30 until 19:30

As part of a partnership with the National Museum Cardiff, the Art Fund supports a series of three evening lectures with acclaimed international academics at the Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre.

David Alston, Arts Director of the Arts Council of Wales, in conversation with artists Merlin James, Laura Ford and Tim Davies

The Venice Biennale was established in 1895 and remains one of the most important and prestigious events in the international, contemporary art world. Since 2003 Wales has been independently represented as a devolved nation. For those artists who are chosen to exhibit it is a key international platform. This lecture explores Wales’s representation in Venice and also hears from three artists who have been selected to exhibit for Wales.


David Alston, Arts Director, Arts Council of Wales
As Arts Director, David Alston is responsible for developing and promoting the arts in Wales. He has more than 25 years experience in managing, leading and creating successful arts organisations. David held the post of Keeper of Art at the National Museum and Galleries of Wales in the 1990s. He later moved to The Lowry at Salford as Galleries Director before becoming its acting Chief Executive. David has held curatorial and senior management positions in galleries, museum and arts facilities, including Deputy Director of Arts in Sheffield. He has also worked as a freelance arts and cultural consultant.

Laura Ford represented Wales at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005, Merlin James at the 52nd Biennale in 2007 and Tim Davies at the 54th Biennale in 2011.

£4 with the National Art Pass (full price £5)

(buy tickets for all three lectures of the National Museum of Art Lecture Series and get 20% discount)

For more information visit the museum website

Venue information

Opening times

Tues – Sun & most Bank Holiday Mondays
10am – 5pm (Galleries close 4.45pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec, 1 Jan

Entry details

£4 with National Art Pass (full price £5)

The event will be held at the Reardon Smith Lecture Theatre at National Museum Cardiff

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