The Lectures at Art in Action aimed to provide an insight into the thoughts, processes and inspiration which lay behind the creation of a work of art and other disciplines that shed light on our understanding of the world in which we live. All lectures were free and time is allotted for questions from the public. Lectures took place in the ballroom of Waterperry House, the Garden Lecture Rooms and the outdoor Amphitheatre.

Meet our 2016 Lecturers

Plan your day with the 2016 Daily Programme


Guest Speakers 2016

Andrew Brewerton – Principal & Chief Executive,  Plymouth College of Art.

‘Art in Action  |  Art in Education’  

Thursday 14th July at 2.45pm in the Amphitheatre



Jekka McVicar  Ambassador for RHS, Author, Broadcaster, Horticulturalist, Queen of Herbs

‘The long and winding road to Chelsea,  from idea to finished garden’  

Friday 15th July at 2.45pm in the Amphitheatre.



The BBC’s Great Pottery Throw Down judges Kate Malone and Keith Brymer Jones.

Both Brymer Jones and Malone will be talking about their own pottery practises and then their work together on The Great Pottery Throw-Down tv show on BBC2.

Saturday 16th July at 2.45pm in the Amphitheatre.

BBC Throwdown Kate Malone + Keith Brymer Jones PROGRAMME PHOTO


Lady Lucinda Lambton  – Writer, Photographer, Broadcaster.

‘The crafts involved in creating Queen Mary’s Dollshouse’.

Sunday 17th July at 2.15pm in the Amphitheatre.




Past Guest Speakers

Listen to Satish Kumar’s talk Truth, Goodness and Beauty from our 2015 show:

Watch guest lecturer Andrew Marr at Art in Action 2014:

Watch Art in Action’s First Annual Guest Lecture with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, former Bishop of Oxford and Lord (Melvyn) Bragg of Wigton, held at the 2013 event. The question they explore is, ‘Is there a spiritual dimension to the arts? If so, in what does it consist?’