Will Davis has been working with Eddie Peake since 2013. Graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London in 2012 with additional studies undertaken at the New York Studio School, 2010. Will has worked with international galleries, artists, museums and curators on over 40 commercial, public, institutional exhibitions and performances.
Will is an honorary Young Patron and Young Patron Committee member of the Contemporary Art Society.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
A Paula Rego.
I spent time with Paula whilst studying at the Slade and had the privilege of listening to her talk about her 1986 Girl and Dog series. The series depicts her last moments with artist and husband Victor Willing. They're heartbreaking and beautiful and the images are burnt into my mind. I think there is so much truth in Rego's mark making and she really is one of our most important artists. During one of our conversations, she stopped me and wrote a note in my sketchbook quoting the last thing I said. It reads "Drawing is the beginning of everything" and I now have the page framed on my wall at home, it's one of my most cherished possessions.
How will museums impact future cities?
The museum has become the modern church. They are central hubs for communities and have the ability to reach and engage so many people with educational programmes, public events and free permanent collections. I was raised on Jersey in the Channel Islands where there is a complete vacuum of contemporary art. I dreamed of a museum where I could sit in front of great, weird and wonderful artworks and experience the endless opportunities of creativity. That experience only heightened my excitement when moving to London. This city has so much to offered and a lot of it's free. It’s such a valuable asset to this city and I only hope the model can be expanded and more and more people can experience free art.
What are your favourite emerging cultural cities and / or organisations in the world and why?
The obvious choice is Margate. The town is going from strength to strength and I am really excited to see how it will develop. The Turner Contemporary was a great catalyst with a fantastic programme and now with Jonathan Viner and Carl Freedman opening in the Thanet Press building, it will surely continue to flourish.
Who do you think are the cultural innovators of tomorrow and why?
Not to sound bias but the Contemporary Art Society. The CAS by no means is a new endeavour, since 1910 they have donated over 8,000 artworks to museums and public galleries in the UK. The society raises much needed funds so that contemporary art can be acquired into permanent public collections and enjoyed by national audiences.
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