Will is the first Butlin’s Red Coat to become Head of Media at the Tate. He’s also the BBC’s first ever Arts Editor, entitling him to express his own opinions on things like the Turner Prize. After dinner, Will might refer to his early grab-a-granny days, or reveal how it felt when Meryl Streep declared her love.
Will Gompertz is the BBC’s first ever dedicated Arts Editor covering all aspects of the arts from funding and policy to criticism in the theatre, music, film, visual arts and literature.
Prior to his BBC appointment Will served for almost a decade as director of Tate Media where he was responsible for the institution’s award-winning online presence and for Tate Etc. the UK's highest-circulation art magazine. Before working for Tate Will had a varied career that took in working in an Our Price shop, at a holiday camp, as a stage-hand at Sadler's Wells and as a runner for a TV company. He also founded the DVD-magazine Shots covering international short films and commercial promo films. Will also set up a dedicated arts TV production company making programmes for Channel 4 and ITV and even a film with Aardman Animation.
An experienced host and interviewer, Will can not only talk about the all aspects of the art world and creativity, but also has a wealth of tales from his time in broadcasting, whether it’s mispronouncing the subject’s name in an obituary, or interviewing superstars from Mick Jagger to Damian Hurst and Meryl Streep. Will is the author of a layman’s guide to 150 years of modern art, What Are You Looking At?, as well as Think Like an Artist, a manual to help anyone think creatively, be productive and be fulfilled by work. He has also written on the arts for The Times and the Guardian and even wrote and performed a show at the Edinburgh Fringe called Double Art History.
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Will challenges any perceptions of the artistic world as a breeding ground for tormented, penniless outcasts. Instead he describes the most celebrated exponents as entrepreneurs with a sharp understanding of the zeitgeist. Along with some genuinely hilarious stories, Will’s message to business is crystal clear: to survive and thrive, we must all begin to think like artists. JLA Agent Suzy Houghton
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