Bob and Roberta Smith in-conversation with William Feaver

Known for his “slogan” art, Bob and Roberta Smith’s work has a rooted interest in politics, art and contemporary culture, using text as an art form and usually taking on a humorous stance. Public art commissions such as Art U Need (2007), like much of his other work, questions art’s value and purpose and assesses whether art really can change the way people relate to their community.

Known by his pseudonym, Bob and Roberta Smith OBE RA (b. 1963) is a British contemporary artist, writer, speaker and advocate of arts education. He studied at the University of Reading (1981-1985), received his MA from Goldsmiths College (1991) and is an associate professor at Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design at London Metropolitan University. Two of his best known works are Make Art Not War (1997) (Tate Collection) and Letter to Michael Gove (2011). His works are in collections throughout Europe and the United States.