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Photograph portrait of Tacita Dean. She is shown from shoulders up wearing a white shirt with her head resting on her left hand. She is smiling and has dark wavy hair.

In Conversation Tacita Dean and Simon Martin

6 - 7.30pm

£15 (£13.50 for Friends)

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Join Pallant House Gallery Director Simon Martin in conversation with acclaimed contemporary artist Tacita Dean.

Tacita will discuss her latest creation, Crackers a captivating 16mm colour film made to coincide with the exhibition ‘John Craxton: A Modern Odyssey’. The film serves as an elegy to John Craxton and the places close to his heart.

Tacita’s connection with Craxton dates back to her youth when, at the age of 16, she met him during a family holiday in Chania, Crete. This encounter with a ‘real artist’ inspired her and shaped her artistic journey.

Crackers provides a glimpse into the world surrounding Craxton’s house in Crete. From the iconic White Mountains to the enchanting gorges, city cats, and adventurous goats, Tacita’s film is a visual and auditory masterpiece inspired by Craxton’s beloved subjects.

An influential figure since the 1990s, Tacita Dean has made a lasting impact on the art world, primarily through her work in film. Find out more below.

Join us for this in conversation event and discover more about Tacita’s remarkable career, her inspirations and her friendship with John Craxton.

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Tickets cost £15 (13.50 for Friends) and include a glass of wine or a soft drink.

Our galleries, including the John Craxton: A Modern Odyssey, Tacita Dean: Crackers and Jake Grewal: Some days I feel more alive exhibitions will remain open until 8pm. If you would also like to visit the exhibitions, you can book your ticket at our reception on arrival.

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Speaker bio - Tacita Dean

Artist Tacita Dean (b. 1965, Canterbury) divides her time between Berlin and Los Angeles.

Recent exhibitions include Geography Biography, 2023 for the Pinault Collection at the Bourse de Commerce in Paris where she made a rotating portrait-format 35mm film diptych for the central rotunda alongside a series of other wall-based works.

In 2018, Dean’s work was the subject of concurrent exhibitions across three London museums: LANDSCAPE at the Royal Academy, which featured one of the artist’s monumental blackboard drawings as well as the 35mm film diptych Antigone; PORTRAIT at the National Portrait Gallery included her 16mm films of David Hockney and Cy Twombly amongst others; and a curated exhibition, STILL LIFE at the National Gallery.

Other significant recent solo exhibitions have included MUDAM, Luxembourg, Kunstmuseum Basel, 2021 and EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland, 2020. Later this year, Dean will have a survey show in MCA in Sydney and in 2024, a major exhibition of her drawings in The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas.

In 2020, Dean was commissioned to create the set design and costumes for a new ballet, The Dante Project,  with Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor and composer Thomas Adès. The ballet premiered in autumn 2021 at the Royal Opera House, London and has since toured to Paris Opera. The production will travel to the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen and returns to the ROH in November 2023.

Dean has campaigned hard to keep photochemical film and photography available for younger generations of artists and filmmakers.