Coffee, Cake, Debate is our monthly evening of informal discussion led by the fabulous Edward Wakefield. So far we have had topics including failure, humour and the grotesque and Ed is broadening the boundaries of how the evenings structure will take shape. Ed has a background in Fine Art, has worked with performance and spoken word, and more recently has begun to exhibit his flourishing talent for collage. His use of language is second to none and we could think of no one finer to lead these discussions. Free to all, come and join him (generally the first Monday of every month but check the events page for up to date information) and be prepared to expand your mind in the best, and most enjoyable, way possible.
Image by Edward Wakefield.
‘Earlier this year I wanted to create an informal setting for Birmingham artists (and non artists!) to discuss various themes, essays, movements etc within Art. By removing the formal aspect of university study, the white cube and the rushed bustle of a private view, I hope to take participants down a more gradual and friendly path into the world of art theory.
Each debate thus far has evolved around an essay I have chosen. We have broached Failure, Humour, the Grotesque and soon a bout of flaneuring. The idea isn’t necessarily to arrive at a set of concrete conclusions, but simply to learn and think, speak up, get excited and hopefully apply our discoveries to our own practices.
It’s been a genuinely positive experience so far and will continue to be so as more people get involved. Coffee Cake Debate? I can’t wait.’ – Ed
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