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FT Arts Editor Jan Dalley (BA 1973) speaks to alumni on 'Art in the time of money'

Lady Margot Bright (BA 1976) with Jan Dalley (BA 1973).

Lady Margot Bright (BA 1976) with Jan Dalley (BA 1973).

14 November 2013

AHRC member and FT Arts Editor Jan Dalley (BA 1973) speaks to alumni on 'Art in the time of money'.

Lady Margot Bright (BA 1976) with Jan Dalley (BA 1973).

Last week, Jan Dalley (BA 1973), author and Arts Editor of The Financial Times, spoke to an alumni audience at the Southbank Centre in London about 'Gates of Eden: Art in the time of money'.

Jan is the author of the biography Diana Mosley and has penned numerous features and reviews on the arts and books, as well as a fortnightly column in the FT Weekend section. Jan's most recent book is The Black Hole, an account of the infamous Black Hole of Calcutta.

In an erudite and amusing event, Jan argued that since the early 1990s, the world of the arts has been more 'monetised' than ever before. Jan spoke about the market- and inflation-defying, vast rises in the global price of fine arts (both modern and ancient), art which comments explicitly on its own value (such as Damien Hirst's For the Love of God diamond skull, and performance pieces), and the interaction between the government-subsidised arts world and the private arts world.

Jan was introduced by the Chancellor, the Right Hon Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE (Hon LLD 2002) and was given a vote of thanks by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Eric Thomas (Hon LLD 2004). Her talk formed the annual lecture of the London Branch of the University of Bristol Alumni Association, and was preceded by the Branch's Annual General Meeting, at which Robert Dufton (LLB 1983) was re-elected Chair of the London Branch.