Conversations at the Chapel – Cornelia Parker

Upstairs at the Chapel

Wednesday 25th January 2023, 7.30pm


In conversation with Alastair Laurence.

Cornelia Parker is one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists, responsible for some of the most unique and unforgettable artworks of the past thirty years. Driven by curiosity, Parker transforms seemingly everyday objects into extraordinary works of art. Through visual allusions and metaphors, Parker’s works explore contemporary issues such as violence, human rights and environmental disaster. Cornelia has created widely celebrated and immersive installations, sculptures, film, photography and drawing.

A major retrospective of her work took place at Tate Britain in London until late October this year to rave reviews.

Laura Cumming wrote in The Observer that it was ‘entralling’: “At 65, with her poetic and highly original imagination, Parker has made enough masterpieces to fill a full-scale retrospective and even spill out into the surrounding galleries.” 

Jackie Wullschlager in The Financial Times wrote: “For the first time this century, Tate Britain outshines Tate Modern to become the home to the most dazzling contemporary art on show in London.”

And Alastair Sooke in The Daily Telegraph: “This new retrospective for the 65 year old British artist is a whirl of destructive energy that wears its political sentiments on its sleeve.


Alastair Laurence, who is curating this series, is a freelance documentary film maker who lives near Abergavenny. In recent years Alastair has made films about The Battle of the Somme, a history of British Photography and the poets John Betjeman, Philip Larkin and TS Eliot.