Will Gompertz is the BBC Arts Editor and a respected commentator on The Arts. Voted one of the World’s Top 50 Creative Thinkers by New York’s Creativity Magazine, Will was previously a Director of The Tate Gallery.
In his early twenties, Will co-founded “Shots”, a global magazine/DVD covering short films, pop promos and commercials (which he eventually sold and is now owned by Emap). And for the past 20 years he has published, edited and written about the arts for a range of publications including the Times and the Guardian. As a writer he has penned numerous articles for, among others, The Times and the Guardian and his book What are you Looking At? 50 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye was published by Penguin in Autumn 2012.
Will joined the BBC in December 2009 and one of his first televised reports was on the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Love Never Dies in March 2010. Also in the summer of 2009, Will wrote and performed a sell-out one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe called Double Art History, a light-hearted lecture on the story of modern art.
Will’s new book Think Like an Artist: Imaginative Ways to a More Creative and Productive Life was released by Penguin in July 2015, and is a witty and inspiring read, identifying ten lessons to be learned from the greatest artists across history, to give us tools to unlock creativity and thrive at work and in our personal lives.
An experienced host and interviewer, Will can not only talk about all aspects of the art world and creativity, but he 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 Gompertz is a natural communicator whose passion for art is expressed with wit and verve.
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