The Art of Debate
From its small beginnings as a debating society, the Cambridge Union currently has over 70,000 life members worldwide. Now the oldest debating society in the world, and the largest student society in Cambridge, the Union remains a unique forum for the free exchange of ideas and the art of public debate.
Primavera was pleased to aid in sponsoring the debating event on the 25th of April that examined the motion that ‘This House Would Return Looted Art Back to Its Country of Origin.’ Speakers of the debate included, Dame Janet Suzman, Professor Lord Colin Renfrew and Dr. Kevin Childs. To contribute to the art-based debate, Primavera provided pieces of ceramics and glasswork by Tony Laverick and Anthony Stern as examples of traditional and multi-cultural designs that have been integrated into contemporary British Art and Craft.
The results of the night voted in favour of the return of looted art back to its country of origin, though many speakers expressed and shared views that the repatriation of artwork was perhaps best addressed on a case by case basis. The pieces contributed by Primavera took centre stage during the debate, and allowed the audience to touch and handle them, aiding in their understanding as to why such a motion must be debated, especially when it comes to the management of one-of-a-kind works of art.