Art historian, university professor, FT contributing editor and prize-winning author of sixteen books, Simon Schama has written widely on music, art, politics and food. As a populariser of art history, he believes in bringing history to the people and his television work as writer and presenter for the BBC has achieved exactly that. Stretching over two decades it includes the fifteen-part A History of Britain and the eight-part, Emmy-winning Power of Art
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Matthew Slotover is a founder of Frieze, one of the world’s leading art organizations.
Frieze was founded in 1991 by Amanda Sharp, Matthew Slotover and Tom Gidley with the launch of frieze magazine, the definitive voice in contemporary art and culture. Sharp and Slotover established Frieze London in 2003, one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs which takes place each October in The Regent’s Park, London. In 2012, Frieze launched Frieze New York taking place in May; and Frieze Masters, which coincides with Frieze London in October and is dedicated to art from ancient to modern. In 2016, Frieze launched Frieze Academy, a year-round programme of talks and courses.
Matthew is currently chair of the South London Gallery board of trustees. In 2000 he was a judge on the Turner Prize. And in 1993 he curated a section of the Aperto at the Venice Biennale, which included Damien Hirst, Mat Collishaw and Rirkrit Tiravanija. He has spoken at several international conferences and symposia in venues such as the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Neue Museum, Graz, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Tate Modern, London.
In 1999 Matthew co-founded Counter Editions, with curators Carl Freedman and Neville Wakefield. Counter Editions publishes affordable limited editions prints and multiples by well known contemporary artists, such as Tracey Emin, Gary Hume and Sarah Lucas.
Through frieze Matthew has also pursued other publishing projects, including the books: Frieze Projects: Artists' Comissions and Talks 2003 -2005; Frieze Art Fair Yearbook (annual); What the Butler Saw - The Selected Writings of Stuart Morgan; All Tomorrow's Parties - Photographs of Andy Warhol’s Factory, by Billy Name; and Designed by Peter Saville, a retrospective book of Saville's graphic design.
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Hussein Chalayan is an internationally renowned fashion designer and artist whose collections are acclaimed for innovative design, bold use of technology and elegant minimalism. He was named British Designer of the Year in 1999 and 2000. Throughout his career Chalayan has partnered with musicians, actors and members of the design, art, theatre and fashion fields and his work is regularly shown in major galleries including Musée Des Arts Décoratifs at the Louvre, London Design Museum and National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. He directed and designed dance production Gravity Fatigue for Sadler’s Wells, which premiered in 2015 and he has also previously presented three fashion shows at the venue.
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Edwin Heathcote is the FT's Architecture and Design Critic. He is an architect and designer and the author of around a dozen books including, most recently, The Meaning of Home. He writes a monthly column for GQ Magazine and is a regular contributor for magazines including Icon, Apollo and l'Architecture d'Aujord Hui. He is currently establishing an online archive of design writing.
Sarah Hemming writes and broadcasts about theatre and teaches arts journalism. She has been a Financial Times theatre critic for over 20 years. Her work has appeared in nearly all the major UK newspapers, including the Times and Sunday Times, Guardian and Observer, Independent and Independent on Sunday. For five years she was theatre editor of The Independent, she was also a founding editor of The List magazine in Scotland. She is currently writing a guide to the National Theatre.
Nicholas Hytner was Director of the National Theatre from 2003 to 2015, where the productions he directed included The History Boys, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors, and Othello. His films include The Madness of King George. His book Balancing Acts was published by Jonathan Cape in April. The London Theatre Company, founded by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr on leaving the National Theatre after twelve years, will open later this year at the new Bridge Theatre