Co-founder of the ICA, Herbert Read (1893-1968) was an influential art critic, poet and self-confessed anarchist. In his 1943 essay, To Hell with Culture, Read laid out his ideas for a civilisation based on cooperation in which culture would no longer be a commodity, separated from society, but an integral part of everyday life. In this film, director Huw Wahl engages in conversations with artists, poets, curators, historians and Herbert Read's own children, to ask how we can apply Read's ideas and approaches to the commodification of culture in our contemporary society. Including unseen archival material of Herbert Read, his poetry and the North Yorkshire landscape where he was born, this is an immersive portrayal of Read's life and work. (Description taken from ICA website).

The film features: Herbert Read, Allan Antliff, Lee Beard, Lucy Beckett, Danielle Child, Naom Gabo, David Goodway, Gavin Grindon, Luis Jacobs, Leena Kore-Schroder, Graham Moss, Tim Newman, Catherine Nutting, Michael Paraskos, Brian Patten, Antony Penrose, Ben Read, Piers Paul Read, Ann Saddlemyer, Robin Skelton, Ken Turner, George Woodcock, Jerry Zaslove.



"One of the most sensitive and intelligent evocations of an important individual that I have seen in a long time." Professor Anne Douglas, Gray's School of Art.

"A great film...really wonderful to connect with Herbert Read again." Gregor Muir, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).

Article on the film in 'the Oxonian Review'

Featured on 'Rear Window' - The World Today with Tariq Ali



Now available at the ICA now:



2nd April - London Premiere
Premiere at the ICA, with Panel of Huw Wahl, Gregor Muir (director of the ICA), Ben Read (Herbert's Son), Michael Paraskos (Author of 'Re-Reading Read')

10th April - Edinburgh
Edinburgh College of Art

1st May - Manchester
At Federation House, Hosted by Filmonik and Castlefield Gallery

8th May - Newcastle
Hosted by The Newbridge Project

10th May - Oxford
Hosted by Modern Art Oxford. As part of 'Test Run Symposium: The Value of Making' with Prof Anne Massey and Prof Rebecca Fortnum.

27th May - London
Chelsea College of Art and Design

7th June - Helmsley
Helmsley art centre, Yorkshire

10th June - Oxford
The Shulman Auditorium, The Queens College Oxford
6:45. followed by a panel discussion between Dr Michael Whitworth, Dr Michael Paraskos, Ben Read and Huw Wahl

24th June - Preston
UCLAN university research symposium, media factory, 1.20pm

8th August - Skipton
Beacons Festival

3rd September - Loughborough
Anarchist Studies Conference 2014, Loughborough University

12th September - Larnaca, Cyprus
University of Nicosia, European Art Education Conference 2014 (EAEC/2014)!wahl/c1hnj

19th September - Berlin
DOKU.ARTS Film Festival, Zeughauskino

22nd September - Manchester, Ancoats
Upper Space - Politika exhibition

10th October - Chicago
University of Eastern Illinois

18th October - London
Anarchist Bookfair

23rd October - Liverpool
The Bluecoat

30th October - Manchester, MMU
Manchester School of Art. Screening as part of 'To Hell with Culture?', a symposium re-examining the commodification of culture in contemporary capitalism

November 10th - Leeds
Leeds International Film Festival, Hyde Park Picture House

4th December - Leeds
The Tetley, in collaboration with The Centre for Sculptural Thinking, University of Huddersfield

8th December
Goldsmiths University


7th April - Brighton
The Cowley Club

16th April - London
The Bedford, Horsham

16th April - Aberdeen
Ruthrieston Temporary Studio
Poster in PDF

Read and Guggenheim, both looking uncomfortable