Who will be there?

We will be announcing speakers for The Story 2018 over the next few months. Here’s the speakers we have announced so far:

Marie Foulston is a playful curator and producer with a love of the mischievous and the unexpected. She was lead curator on the V&A‘s headline exhibition Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt and is co-founder of the UK-based independent videogame collective The Wild Rumpus.

Alison S. M. Kobayashi is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist whose hybrid work mixes documentary and fiction through video, performance, installation, interactive and illustration. Her performance Say Something Bunny! has received critical acclaim, is a NYTimes critics’ pick and was listed in Time Out’s 2017 top ten productions. Kobayashi has received nominations for a 2018 Drama Desk award and United Solo Special Award and is the recipient of the 2006 TSV Artistic Vision Award. She was a guest artist at the 2008 Flaherty Film Seminar and her work was the focus of a Spotlight Presentation at Video Out, Jakarta International Film Festival. She was a 2016 Yaddo and MacDowell Colony fellow.

Joel Morris & Jason Hazeley are among Britain’s busiest comedy writers. They have worked with Charlie Brooker, Mitchell & Webb, and just about everybody else, winning a BAFTA for the howl of pain that was 2016 Wipe and a Broadcast Award for Touch of Cloth. They write TV dimwit Philomena Cunk, worked on the Paddington films, and created the best-selling Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups series, as well as brooding Scandinavian detective Knut Angstrom for Radio 4. They were behind the spoof local newspaper The Framley Examiner, co-wrote the travel guides Bollocks To Alton Towers, and crafted artisan knob jokes for Viz comic for many years.

Patricia Fleming is Director at Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow. Patricia Fleming Projects represent eight of Scotland’s leading contemporary artists; Jacqueline Donachie, winner of the inaugural Freelands Award (2016), Christine Borland, Turner Prize nominee (1997) along with Ilana Halperin, Steff Norwood, Kate V Robertson, David Sherry, Jane Topping and the estate of Kevin Hutcheson.

She was born in Ayrshire and studied Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. After graduating in 1990, she moved to Glasgow and established the ground breaking initiative Fuse, an arts charity providing free studios, exhibitions and a monthly stipend to support contemporary artists living and working in Scotland. It ran from 1991-1999, supporting over 500 artists including Martin Boyce, Will Bradley, Jacqueline Donachie, Douglas Gordon, Jim Lambie, Ross Sinclair, Simon Starling, Mary Redmond, Eva Rothschild and Richard Wright. During this time Fleming established Fly, the first contemporary art gallery in the East End of Glasgow (now Market Gallery). She was curator at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow between 1999-2002. In 2003, she was the first curator for Wales at the Venice Biennale with the critically acclaimed exhibition Further – Cerith Wyn Evans, Bethan Huws, Paul Seawright and Simon Pope.

Previous speakers at The Story include Jarvis Cocker, Nikesh Shukla, Inua Ellams, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Simon Munnery, Laura Dockrill, Alan Rusbridger, James Bridle, Gruff Rhys, Cornelia Parker, Matthew Plummer-Fernandez, Kati London and many many more. You can see lists of speakers at previous here – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.