Legacies of Civilisation

Saturday 10 March, 11am–4pm

Sainsbury Wing Theatre

William Fowler and Matthew Harle

Adults: £35
Concession: £30
National Gallery Members & Patrons: £25 
BFI Members: £25 
Association for Art History Members: £25 
Students: £10 

Join art and film experts to spend the day exploring Kenneth Clark’s groundbreaking 1969 BBC series, ‘Civilisation’.

Using rare footage from the BBC and BFI National Archive, we find out what Clark’s ambitions were and how this shaped the way people saw galleries and museums.

Kenneth Clark

Kenneth Clark was Director of the National Gallery from the age of 30, and went on to create the Arts Council and Independent Television. He was one of Britain’s most recognisable arts broadcasters of the 1950s and 60s.

Clark's great ambition was to bring art to the public, but whose culture was he presenting? And what are the ramifications of his 'civilising mission'?

Image above: Kenneth Clark in 'Civilisation' (1969) © BBC