Friday, 7 February 2020

Front Row - 'Risk series'

Wednesday's episode of Front Row was the last in the 'Risk' series; a series questioning the importance of risk-taking in art.



1. A situation involving exposure to danger.

1.1 in singular The possibility that something unpleasant or unwelcome will happen.

1.2 with modifier A person or thing regarded as a threat or likely source of danger.

1.3 usually risks A possibility of harm or damage against which something is insured.

1.4 with adjective A person or thing regarded as likely to turn out well or badly, as specified, in a particular context or respect.

1.5 The possibility of financial loss.

In a number of interviews with people involved in the arts, Front Row has been investigating the extent to which risk is essential to creating great art.

Questions asked include

What is artistic risk?

What are the emotional risks of using your life as your art?

Why is diversity in the arts seen as risky?

What happens when artistic risk fails?

In what ways are artists risky?

How do you decide if a risk is worth taking?

How has risk changed in the past 10 years?

To mark the end of Front Row’s Risk season, the panel created the Front Row Risk List - what they believe to be the 10 riskiest artworks of the 21st century.

They considered all aspects of risk such as:

putting your reputation on the line
putting yourself in physical danger
is it always a good thing to risk offending people?
how does gender play a role in what's risky?

To view the results please visit

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