And The Arts!

Third George Orwell Studies Conference

Wednesday 30 May 2018:

Orwell and the Arts

At Goldsmiths, University of London

Provisional Details

In one of his essays George Orwell wrote “All art is propaganda…On the other hand, not all propaganda is art.”

In his novels his characters had some acerbic things to say about artists:
“Of all types of human being, only the artist takes it upon himself to say he ‘cannot’ work” in Keep The Aspidistra Flying.

And from the same novel the sharp description of “Snooty, refined books on safe painters and safe poets by those moneyed young beasts who glide so gracefully from Eton to Cambridge and from Cambridge to the literary reviews.”

The third academic George Orwell Studies conference hosted by Goldsmiths this year is being held on the theme of Orwell and the Arts. This is a continuing partnership between Media and Commumications at Goldsmiths and the Orwell Society.

The Warden Pat Loughrey has agreed to open the conference and papers are to be presented on diverse and challenging subjects such as Orwell and Literary Art by Professor Len Platt, Orwell and the Art of Radio by Professor Tim Crook, and Orwell and Dramatising Down and Out in Paris and London by Professor Anna Furse.

There will also be a session on Orwell inspiring contemporary art with the artist Glenn Ibbitson.

Other topics hoping to be explored include Orwell and the Art of Donald MacGill and Saucy Seaside Postcards, The Orwell Prize and Design by Goldsmiths Students, and Nineteen Eighty Four and the Art of Book Covers.

The information can be changed, added to, and updated by request.

We encourage people to come.


  • Where: The conference will run in LG02, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths University of London.
  • When: from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, with an option to continue until 5 p.m.
  • How to Book:  Click here to book through Eventbrite.

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