Jonathan Watkins gave a talk at Sotheby's Institute of Art in London titled "First Birmingham, then the World?'" on November 27, 2017.
Born in Sussex, UK in 1957 Jonathan Watkins graduated with MA (Hons) in art history from the University of Sydney. He was Curator, Serpentine, London and Director Chisenhale, London prior to his appointment as Director of Ikon, Birmingham in 1999. Major exhibitions include Biennale of Sydney (1998), Facts of Life, Hayward Gallery (London 2001), Tate Triennial (2003), Shanghai Biennale (2006), Sharjah Biennial (2007), Guangzhou Triennial (2012), Floating World, Bahrain (2017) and the Quebec Biennial (opening 2019).