HENI Talks is a new website that brings fresh thinking on visual culture to a brand new global audience, goes live today. HENI Talks is an innovative response to the call for more access for audiences to the riches of art and culture, using the power of digital communications. Through the medium of film, internationally recognised artists, historians, academics and curators invite viewers to look close up at art and unlock the hidden stories of art and visual culture in some of the world’s leading museums and galleries. Launching with 25 episodes, each lasting between 8 and 16 minutes, HENI Talks will continue to evolve new content on a regular basis, bringing more art stories to life, and more expert points of view to a general public.
In the words of HENI Talks Director, Munira Mirza:
“HENI Talks aims to inspire people with the power of art and visual culture, reaching millions who use digital media every day as their primary platform for communication. This is content that is aimed at a wide general audience, people who are interested in learning about art and artists and how they affect our world.”
Among the initial and upcoming contributors are:
Artists and curators: David Batchelor, Ashley Bickerton, Peter Blake, Jeremy Deller, Damien Hirst, Amanda Levete, Iwona Blazwick (Whitechapel Gallery), Caro Howell (Foundling Museum), Ralph Rugoff (Hayward Gallery), Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery), Tristram Hunt (V&A Museum), Caroline Campbell (National Gallery), Julia Farley (British Museum), Eleanor Nairne (Barbican), Griselda Pollock (Leeds University), Deyan Sudjic (Design Museum), Frances Fowle (National Gallery of Scotland/Edinburgh University), Anya Matthews (Royal Museums Greenwich), Godfrey Worsdale (Henry Moore Foundation).
Writers/critics/broadcasters: Edwin Heathcote (Financial Times), Alison Cole (Art Newspaper), Bettany Hughes, Martin Gayford, Michael Bracewell, Hal Foster, Gus Casely-Hayford, Jacky Klein (Tate Publishing), Harriet Vyner.
Academics/writers: Robert Storr (Yale University), Abigail Harrison-Moore (Leeds University), Jonas Mekas, Paul Binski (Cambridge University), Griselda Pollock (Leeds University), Sandy Nairne (art historian), Jules Lubbock (Essex University), Richard Sennett (LSE/New School, New York), Martin Kemp (Oxford University).
Free access on www.henitalks.com