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22 February 2024

Artist’s Talk — Alice Irwin & Thomas Marks discuss ‘Alice Irwin: Chinwag’


22 February 2024

Artist’s Talk — Alice Irwin & Thomas Marks discuss ‘Alice Irwin: Chinwag’


Join us for a glass of wine and a special late-night opening of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery’s new exhibition — Alice Irwin: Chinwag. Printmaker and Sculptor, Alice Irwin, will be in conversation with writer and art critic Thomas Marks about her work and her role as an artist

Irwin combines the traditional and the new to push the boundaries of art and craft. She aims to convey the innocence we possess as children but also explore the nature of human identity, to balance the playful, naïve and comical qualities of her work with more thought-provoking themes. Marks and Irwin will explore how the contrasts in her work are designed to stimulate different kinds of memory and how exhibition curator Svetlana Panova has drawn on this when curating the exhibition. Through brightly coloured forms, Irwin’s work brings different perspectives and new ways of seeing the world. Her work emphasises the element of play, and aims to evoke joy in viewers. 

Irwin and Marks will also discuss Irwin’s interest in themes of social interaction and the human experience and how Irwin’s art playfully questions the social norms of Soane’s era. Through an analysis of the diverse shapes, sizes, and colours of Irwin’s cast of characters, they will explore the way in which Alice Irwin: Chinwag presents a dialogue on the range of personalities in social gatherings and the evolution of social structures and hierarchies over time.

Date and Time

Thursday 22 February 2024
6.00pm – 7.30pm


Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery
Ealing Green, London W5 5EQ


£12 Standard
£6 Members

Includes a complimentary glass of wine

Please note

  • Visitors are entitled to one free glass of wine with their ticket.
  • The bar will open at 6.00pm.
  • The talk will begin at 6.30pm and last for approximately 60 minutes.

About Alice Irwin

Alice Irwin is an award-winning artist, working with print, etching and sculpture to reference childhood experiences and create her own creatures from imaginary worlds.

Having graduated from the RCA in 2018, Irwin presented a solo show entitled ‘People Play’ at the Piece Hall in 2020 where she had a large outdoor public sculpture commission. In 2018, Irwin had a solo show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and in 2017 she won the Contemporary Art Trust prize for a series of prints.

Alice Irwin: Chinwag marks a significant moment in Alice Irwin’s career as her first major exhibition in a London-based public gallery. Occupying the contemporary space of Pitzhanger Gallery, her exhibition is part of Pitzhanger’s ongoing programme focused on introducing new works and emerging artists to audiences in West London and beyond.

About Thomas Marks

Thomas Marks is a writer, art critic and co-founder of Marks|Calil, a cultural consultancy that provides strategic advice to international museums and art businesses. From 2013–21, he was Editor of Apollo magazine, among the leading publications in the global art and museum sectors. Thomas is an Associate Fellow at the Warburg Institute, University of London, where he is researching the history of food. As an art critic, he writes frequently about contemporary painting, Italian art and the relationship between art and food. 

Thomas is a trustee of Art UK, the cultural education charity that exists to open up the UK’s public art collections to global audiences through digitisation and storytelling, and on the advisory board of Gerry’s Pompeii. Through student mentoring and lectures, he also supports Art History Link-Up, a charity that offers EPQ and A-level qualifications in the history of art to students in the state education sector.

About Pitzhanger Lates

Pitzhanger Lates, our monthly evening event series every first Thursday, offers a diverse roster of programs from artist talks to workshops. Open to everyone seeking enriching after-work experiences, these events vary from ticketed to free. Coinciding with our free visiting hours for Ealing residents, Pitzhanger Lates is your chance to explore the Manor and its exhibitions without the usual general admission fee.


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