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Robert Diament awarded Honorary Professorship from Norwich University of the Arts

Director of the Carl Freedman Gallery and Counter Editions Robert Diament has been recognised with an Honorary Professorship For Services to the Presentation and Understanding of Contemporary Art Practice during the Norwich University of the Arts summer graduation ceremonies.

Counter Editions is the UK’s leading website for buying contemporary art. Renowned for their extensive collection of prints and multiples, Counter Editions collaborates with some of the most prominent artists in the field, including Tracey Emin, David Shrigley, and Martin Creed.

Robert co-hosts the hit podcast Talk Art with actor Russell Tovey, which has over six million downloads. Founded in 2018, they’ve published over 245 one-hour interviews with leading artists, curators & gallerists, and even occasionally their talented friends from other industries like acting, music and journalism. They have authored two Talk Art books, including the Sunday Times Bestseller ‘Everything you wanted to know about contemporary art but were afraid to ask’.

Robert Diament (Photograph by Elissa Cray)

Speaking about her Honorary Professorship, Robert said: “I am so proud to be honoured in this way. It means a lot to know that the student community has found Talk Art podcast a useful and inspiring resource. It was always our mission to try to highlight voices that may not have been given a platform before but also to reveal a side to the well-known guests that had never been discovered before. I am passionate about the way that education can open doors for students both practically but also conceptually. It’s vital we protect and nurture arts education for all!”

Professor Simon Ofield-Kerr, Vice-Chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts, said: “His outstanding curatorial accomplishments and unwavering commitment to difference and diversity in the arts are making an important a contribution to the national cultural landscape and to the continuing development of Margate. Through Talk Art with Russell Tovey, Robert is introducing new communities to art, and opening up new ways for its discussion and understanding.”