We're delighted to present a programme of talks and downloadable podcasts investigating the provision of free access to education, debate and exchange for artists and the general public to coincide with the third Grand Tour programme. Inspired by 18th century coffee houses or 'Penny Universities' – these spaces were considered critical forums for all members of society to exchange ideas, outside of the elite structures of university. In this spirit, Syson Gallery hosts a series of live talks from artists and educators, recorded as Penny Podcasts, available to download from the gallery website (in addition to other podcast platforms.)
Bookings to attend live events will be announced soon along with a podcast schedule.
As part of The Grand Tour journey, at live podcast recordings, Syson Gallery will recreate a coffee house in partnership with top chocolatiers, Ottar, serving premium coffee, small bites and high quality chocolate tastings.
"Forget about confining chocolate to a special occasion – Ottar chocolates make every day special."
Sara Jayne Stanes OBE, Chairman of the Academy of Chocolate
Artists from the Grand Tour programme will be featured alongside musicians, artisans and other coffee house frequenters. The podcast soundtrack will be produced by experimental /easy electronica band, The Soundcarriers.
The Penny Podcasts are part of The Grand Tour, showcasing the diverse richness of art, architecture and landscape Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire have to offer. Discover more of the region’s hidden gems at www.thegrandtour.uk.com.
Supported by Arts Council England’s Cultural Destinations fund and The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
The Grand Tour, a cultural journey across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, returns for its third edition from March to June 2018, with an exceptional programme of exhibitions at four of the UK’s most distinguished arts institutions: Chatsworth, Nottingham Contemporary, The Harley Gallery at Welbeck and Derby Museums.
This season’s Grand Tour explores artistic process and industrial creation, yet each venue is unique, showing the diversity and cultural richness of the region. Extraordinary art collections, great historical houses and scenic landscapes are fused with some of today’s most exciting contemporary artists.