Luxury Goods III ‘The Meaning of Art’

An international, interdisciplinary five day, free art festival.

Over 50 artists from all continents band together to dissect and reframe ‘The Meaning of Art’ through art objects, seminar discussion, time based media, drama workshops, music, poetry and performance.


The festival opens on Wednesday the 9th with performances and music. Join us on the evening of Thursday the 10th September (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm) for a symposium exploring ‘The Meaning of Art’. A panel of artists, critics and academics from Nigeria, Russia, India and London, including Anthony Downey (Programme Director, MA in Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art), Azu Nwagbogu (Chairman, African Artists’ Foundation), Alexis Ashot (Old Masters and 19th Century Art, Christie’s, London) and Peter Kavannagh (Senior Producer Radio Drama, BBC) lead the discussion. Come for poetry and performances on Friday, and Saturday’s line up includes videos and performances.

Luxury Goods London III (a platform for emerging artists as much as it is a for established artists) embraces the constraint, financial or otherwise, that artists often face. All participants submit 50 words (not 49, not 51) on ‘The Meaning of Art’ and, in a very literal sense, ‘budget’, condense and crystallize their visions – with high impact results. This structure encourages them to think in a very real way about how to work with constraint and not get put off by it. The festival wraps up on Sunday the 13th with a drama workshop, led by Tamsin Irwin (Salisbury Playhouse) that evolves from and develops these texts.

 ‘The Meaning of Art’ will be the third in a series of festivals initiated by Luxury Goods London in January 2008. The first discussed ‘The Cost of Art’ (January 08- February 09) and the second  ‘The Value of Art’ (April 09). Full texts and images from both festivals are available from

Duration 09 September 2009 - 13 September 2009
Times Daily 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Cost Free
Venue The Foundry
Address 86 Great Eastern Street London EC2A 3JL, ,
Contact 07948831952 / /

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