CRUNCH 2010: Engaging, Irreverent and Challenging
“A space of discovery” The Guardian
“One of the UK’s hidden gems” GQ
Crunch: the art festival and music at hay returns for a weekend of thought-provoking
debate, incisive talks and late-night parties. An eclectic set of artists, philosophers,
writers, film-makers and musicians will congregate in Hay to debate the big question:
what’s the point of art?
Among a host of others, you’ll have the chance to engage with human rights activist
Bianca Jagger, White Cube’s Marc Quinn, best-selling author Sarah Thornton,
Serpentine Director Julia Peyton-Jones, BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz, Turner prize
winning artist Martin Creed, ICA Director Ekow Eshun and Costa Prize-winning
novelist AL Kennedy.
Crunch 2010 will also be welcoming The Tate’s Great British Art Debate Tent with
a mix of solo talks, conversations, music and entertainment. And for the first time ever,
Crunch will be showing, and selling, work by some of the UK’ s leading artistic talent and
galleries at the Crunch Art Fair. All served up with winter-warming mulled cider, hog
roasts and nightly displays of pyrotechnic wizardry.
This year’s late night music line-up includes folk-siren Laura Marling, band of the
moment Man Like Me, fashion-icons The Broken Hearts and music genii Clean
Bandit, among others.
Engaging, irreverent and challenging. Be part of Crunch 2010, Hay’s best kept secret. For
more information, see www.artfestivalathay.org
Matthew Stone: Crunch 2010 Talks
20th November, 1:30pm
Matthew Stone, Julian Spalding, Matthew Collings, Ekow Eshun.
Mary-Ann Craig chairs.
Almost a generation ago, a handful of British artists - with some help from Charles
Saatchi - realigned the cultural landscape with their sensational, unorthodox conceptual
work. Is shock value a legitimate goal for art or a distraction from the real thing?
BBC presenter Mary-Ann Craig keeps order as broadcaster and critic Matthew Collings,
artist Matthew Stone, controversial critic and curator Julian Spalding, and Director of the
ICA Ekow Eshun take issue over the end of taboo.
Ugly is over, Beauty is Back
21st November, 3:30pm
Matthew Stone, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Anj Smith, Godfrey Barker.
Hilary Lawson chairs.
For a century beauty has been out of fashion. Could it be on the way back? Some have
argued that as the pessimism and brutality of the YBA era recedes, a new dawn of beauty
is rising once again in British art. If so, is this indicative of a deep human desire for
beauty, or a superficial antidote to the darkening external climate?
Artists Matthew Stone and Anj Smith debate the return of beauty with Godfrey Barker
and Gabriel Gbadamosi.