This month however, I attended one such event that seemed to have ticked all the right boxes to actually make a difference. Fusing the mediums of spoken word and poetry set against a backdrop of Turner paintings, Late at Tate Britain, housed a captivating poetry event as part of National Storytelling Week 14th anniversary.
We've all got resolutions for 2014, some of them we might even keep beyond January. But if you are looking for something new this coming year, how about attending salons? Building on an illustrious heritage, the modern salons are cultural showcases that cover a range of subjects from the worlds of science, the arts and psychology.
Three great British directors Christopher Nolan, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach explore the relationship between filmmaking and painting for Tate's new video series. Find out which artist inspired The Joker's smeared make-up in The Dark Knight, how Turner's sketches are being brought to the big screen, and what the camera can learn from Hogarth...
Ever wondered what a JMW Turner seascape painting might taste like? Fishy, if you ask chef Rachel Khoo. Or how a Frances Bacon triptych might sound - dark and moodily rockin', if you ask the band Everything Everything. This might sound like some strange experiment in synaesthesia; in fact, its for a video series I've been making to mark the launch of the new Tate Britain...
This week, Tate's original building re-opens after a £45million face-lift. Tate Britain is glamorous once more, a temple of cool and contemplation. Tate was a gift to the public from Henry Tate, a sugar baron. He donated his great collection of British art to the nation as well as £110,000 to pay for a new gallery on condition that the state would look after it.
For the next two weeks, tens of thousands of billboard and commercial poster sites across the country will feature largescale images of British works of art...They will crop up everywhere from the 12.19 m wide digital billboard at Westfield to the back of a bus in Belfast. You may drive past the dying Ophelia at Shepherd's Bush roundabout or find Lucian Freud in the station cafe at Hull.
Tate Britain's survey is pretty much a greatest hits compilation. Arranged into thematic rooms, with little sense of narrative direction, the show won't do much to change anybody's preconceptions of the movement. Those who already love the stylistic mannerisms will delight in the accumulation of works here, but there is nothing presented to challenge the preconceptions of the audience.