Be Smart About Art

Fear and Courage: Is risk-taking essential for creativity? A panel discussion with Deborah Lanyon, Jorge Lorenzo-Santana and Sylvie Gormezano

For Gallerists + Art Dealers + Artists

Date: Dec. 12, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - Dec. 12, 2018, 9 p.m. UK time (see time converter)

Location: Location: Cass Art Islington | 66-67 Colebrook Row | London N1 8AB

Tube: Nearest underground station is Angel. Nearest step free underground station is Highbury and Islington.

Buses: Aplenty! Nearest bus stop Packington Station, Islington Green.

ACCESS: This venue is wheelchair accessible with step-free access from side entrance on street. The event will take place on the 1st floor and a lift is available. Be aware there is little turning room in the lift. Please call ahead if you use a motorised wheelchair or think this might cause difficulty. Accessible toilets are on ground floor. Please see Tube and Buses information for transport access.

Speakers: Sylvie Gormezano

Price: £5 - £17

While pre-Brexit Britain might seem the worst place to take creative risk, perhaps it’s instead an ideal opportunity to step out and make long-lasting impact…

Join us for this month’s #besmartcassart talk for a lively conversation between an artist, curator, collector and gallerist which will attempt to define the role that creative risk-taking plays in the development of artistic practice as well as in the way art is perceived by viewers.


As an artist…

Should you only produce work that you’re confident about making?


As a viewer…

Should you persevere with work that you can’t immediately interpret or stick with what’s safe and easy to digest?


As a curator…

Should you collaborate with artists you know, as well as go with existing formats for the presentation of art?


As a gallerist…

Should you present work that is within the comfort zone of your viewers and avoid presenting pieces that might put off some viewers, including dedicated collectors and patrons?



Should you do something else instead?

This conversation will dig deep into internal debates frequently deliberated by artists, collectors, curators and gallerists alike. Often unaware that others are having the same thoughts, this facilitated panel will be accompanied by a Q&A with the audience will shed light for industry professionals and supporters alike.



A Q&A session with the audience will follow the facilitated conversation.

**The first 15 tickets to this talk are half-price!**



6.30 - 7.00pm: Arrivals, registration and networking*

7.00 - 8.30pm: Talk with Q&A

8.30 - 9.00pm: Open networking

9.00pm: Departures 

*Attendees to this BSAA - CASS ART talk receive a special 10% discount on in-store shopping at CASS ART Islington on the evening, immediately prior to the event starting. Put together your art supplies shopping list and take advantage of this talk bonus. 


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Deborah is an artist and explorer. Obsessed with painting from an early age, she believes in the importance of drawing and compositional techniques, both of which are a strong feature of her practice. Working in quick drying acrylic, Lanyon works rapidly and physically with canvases positioned on the floor.  ​

Her paintings are a reflection of her personality: Physical but effortless; Dynamic and soft; Rhythm, Space and Time… meeting in one place, finding their own identity. 

As for inspiration, landscapes have been an ongoing vital source of inspiration, while recent paintings look inwards to being defined by her inner being.



Gallery Manager, No 20 Arts, London

With a B.A. from the University of the Arts London and an M.A. from the University of Barcelona, today Jorge spends his time developing No 20 Arts, a contemporary gallery based in the heart of Islington, London.

The 3,000 ft space is a centre for contemporary arts that hosts a programme of exhibitions, performances and events that support emerging and established artists working across all media.

The exhibition space has a flexible format and presents a new inclusive and welcoming model for engaging with the art world which encourages the contemplation of artworks in a relaxed, open and accessible environment. Jorge will present refreshing perspective that reflects the gallery’s forward thinking nature.



Sylvie has a passion and commitment to promote contemporary and emerging creative talent. She uses her extensive consultancy background to mentor artists and galleries and advise on professional development, encouraging creative and effective working practices and de-mystifying marketing and promotion as tools to success. She curates one-off exhibitions in London and South-West France - often in locations appropriate to specific artworks, and creates events to showcase art collections and artists’ works. The programme incorporates a philosophy of working closely with private and corporate clients alike, to become dedicated patrons to the artists they collect.

Sylvie is Chair of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD) and a Professional Enterprise Mentor.