Lectures and films to bring iconic artist to life in Warhol Croydon month

Lectures and films to bring iconic artist to life in Warhol Croydon month

Creative arts experts from the UK and the US are lined up to provide unique insights into the life and works of Andy Warhol as part of a month-long tribute to the world-renowned artist being staged in Croydon, 30 years after his death.

Workshops, lectures and film screenings dedicated to Warhol form just part of an exciting programme of free events being delivered throughout September by Croydon's award-winning RISEgallery, with support from Croydon Business Improvement District (BID) and Croydon Council. White Label is helping to facilitate the month-long programme.

Speakers on Warhol the artist, his life and his works include:

Henry Koelsch: An avid art collector and expert in Andy Warhol limited edition prints, Henry Koelsch is a consultant at one of the largest pop art galleries in the US and specialises in first-quality artwork by Andy Warhol.

Jean Wainwright: Director and Professor of Fine Art and Photography at the University of Creative Arts, Jean has gained insights into many personal aspects of Warhol's life following meetings with his family.

Gary Needham: An expert on experimental and alternative film-making histories, Gary is faculty member at the University of Liverpool.

Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison: One of the world's leading post-war pop art specialists, philanthropist, social entrepreneur, owner of the RISEgallery and founder of several leading art projects.

Joanna Straczowski: A Warhol expert and PHD student at the University of Liverpool, Joanna specialises in looking at art philosophically.

Some extraordinary footage of Warhol plus some of his own iconic films will also be screened as part of September's commemorations at the David Lean Cinema, in Croydon's Clocktower complex, including:

Andy Warhol: A Documentary – Parts 1 and 2: Ric Burns unearths rare archival film footage and interviews of the art-world icon and offers keen observations of his life and work.

Chelsea Girls: A 1960s art house classic filmed at New York's Hotel Chelsea which follows the lives of several young women living there. The film was Warhol's first major commercial success and features many of Warhol's superstars.

Lonesome Cowboys: The last film that Warhol directed himself, the 1968 film is a satire of Hollywood westerns loosely based around 'Romeo and Juliet'.

Vinyl: Warhol's strange and disturbing interpretation of 'A Clockwork Orange' presents a man undergoing a "rehabilitation" designed to cure his violent streak.

The events programme complements an exhibition of Warhol originals being hosted at the RISEgallery as well as 12 giant homages to Warhol by contemporary artists which will be displayed at prominent locations throughout the town and lit up at night.

The RISEgallery, which is located in St George's Walk in the heart of Croydon's 'Cultural Quarter', will open from 10am to 6pm seven days a week throughout the month. A special late-night opening of the gallery will take place on Friday, September 8.

Further information visit: www.warholcroydon.co.uk