2 days / 60 speakers
Be inspired

26 – 27 June 2019


BBC’s first Arts Editor

Will Gompertz is the BBC’s first Arts Editor, a senior journalistic role he took up in 2009. Over the past nine years, Will has interviewed countless artists, actors, writers, musicians and directors, as well as writing and presenting documentaries for BBC One and Two, and hosting shows on Radio 2, Radio 4, and 5-Live.


He is a respected and widely known commentator on the arts and has presented written for many leading publishers, magazines and newspapers, such as Faber & Faber, Thames & Hudson, Vanity Fair, The Times, and The Guardian.


He has also written two best-selling non-fiction books (both published by Penguin in the UK). What Are You Looking At? – a history of modern art – which was published to excellent reviews in 2012, and has gone on to become one of the most frequently cited texts by students studying art history in the U.K. It has been re-printed many times over and translated into twenty languages. As has Will’s second book, Think Like an Artist (2015), which is about creativity.


Before joining the BBC Will spent 7-years as a Director of the Tate Galleries where he was responsible for its BAFTA-winning website, creative direction, and the launching of the UK’s first Performance Art festival.


Will was voted one of the World’s Top 50 Creative Thinkers by New York’s Creativity magazine and is a Fellow of Harris Manchester, Oxford University. 



Festival of Higher Education

26- 27 June 2019