The National Gallery & CPA presents ‘Art and the emotions – The pleasures of regret’

A discussion exploring the different ways our emotions of regret inform how we make and experience art


Friday, 11 February 2022 at The National Gallery


5 – 6.30 pm GMT

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Image: Detail from Claude Monet, ‘Water-Lilies, Setting Sun’, about 1907 (c) The National Gallery


Organised in partnership with The Centre for Philosophy and Art, King’s College London, this panel discussion is the first in a series exploring the relationship between the National Gallery Collection – as well as art more widely – and our emotions. 

Regrets may be painful or bittersweet. They can be ethically loaded or merely aquestion of ‘what if?’. But above all they can be understood as a mix of reminiscence and grief over things that we have done or have failed to do.  

However, regrets may also determine our future actions and could even be perceived as pleasurable or productive. What might this mean for artists and how we experience and interpret their work? And how might art help us to understand the regrets of others? Join philosophers, writers and artists to debate these questions.

Speakers include Vanessa Brassey, lecturer and co-director of the Centre for Philosophy and Art, Andy West, author of ‘The Life Inside: A Memoir of Prison, Family and Philosophy’, author and arts journalist Chloë Ashby, and Sacha Golob, Reader in Philosophy, King’s College London.

Online tickets


This is an online discussion, hosted on Zoom

Please book a ticket to access the event. You will receive an E-ticket with instructions on how to access your online events, films and resources via your National Gallery account. 

Please note, only one ticket can be booked per account. 

Bookings close one hour before the event.