16 March 2016

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Book Launch: This Orient Isle

Join us for the launch of Jerry Brotton’s This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World. Brotton will discuss this publication which shows the breadth of Elizabethan England’s cultural, economic and political relations with the Islamic world. It reveals a fascinating and relevant part of our national and international history which has been previously obscured. In 1570, when […]

12 March 2016

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Talk: In Depth

Writer Sukhdev Sandhu leads a panel discussion on the aesthetics and politics of representations of the sea in contemporary culture. The panel will consider the contemporary use of the ocean as a space to signify and symbolise wider issues, from migration to labour politics, to climate change, and reflect on the language that accompanies its […]

10 March 2016

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Romantic rebellions: From Delacroix to Picasso

“Romanticism and modern art are one and the same thing” wrote the French poet Charles Baudelaire in 1846. This study day explores the diverse subjects and varied styles of Romantic painting with its ‘intimacy, spirituality, colour’ and ‘yearning for the infinite.’ Curators, art historians and artists discuss Delacroix, Romanticism, and the rise of modern art. Held in […]

6 March 2016

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Comic Self -Effacement

Comic Self-Effa

5 March 2016

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A Discussion on Hierachy and Influence, with The Workers

Lucy Clout, Susan Collis, Aileen Harvey and Caitlin Hinshelwood join Standpoint curator Fiona MacDonald for a discussion around their experiences and interpretations of the overt and covert manifestations of hierarchy in the artworld. The artists will also discuss how their individual working practices have been challenged, altered and enriched by each other, through their years […]

24 February 2016

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Spring Open Studios

Drop by and get to know the work of our current international artists in residence: Martha Atienza (Philippines), Nicolás Gullotta (Argentina), Mariana Silva (Portugal), Ramaya Tegegne (Switzerland). Open Studios and Artists’ Talks offer London audiences a unique opportunity to see, hear about and discuss the research and work-in-progress that these artists have been developing over the past three months […]

20 February 2016

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On Demand: Workshop 1. Occupying the Space of a Television Series

On Demand: Workshop 1. Occupying the Space of a Television Series 13.2.16 – 1.5.16 ON DEMAND presents an operational environment in the project space for a collective writing, through the hijack of popular television series characters, and an unreliable transcriber. New episodic video works by SD Caines are developed throughout the exhibition for each workshop […]

19 February 2016

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Artist Talk and Screening: Alice May Williams and Karen Kramer

Jerwood/FVU Awards 2016 recipients Karen Kramer andAlice May Williams present a selection of their work in discussion with FVU Director Steven Bode. The artists share the influences and inspirations behind their new worksThe Eye That Articulates Belongs on Land by Kramer andDream City – More, Better, Sooner by Williams, which are on show as part of the ‘Borrowed Time’ exhibition. Karen […]

18 February 2016

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Metamorphosis

Does art have the power to transform our relationship with difficult experiences? Join artists Antonia Attwood, Daniel Regan, Celine Marchbank and Jane Fradgley in a discussion exploring ideas around mental illness, loss and relationships. Metamorphosis is a free event and forms part of Hotel Elephant’s public program which has been made possible through funding from Southwark Council’s […]

17 February 2016

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Talk on Contemporary Art from China at Marlborough Fine Art, London

Marlborough Fine Art and Harper’s Bazaar Art China request the pleasure of your company at a talk to celebrate artist Song Yige’s exhibition curated by Zeng Fanzhi.  Speakers include Melanie Gerlis (Art Market Editor, The Art Newspaper) Jonathan Watkins (Director, Ikon) Andrew Renton (Director, Marlborough Contemporary) Eli Zagury (Curator, The Franks-Suss Collection)

13 February 2016

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Book Launch: Gaza as Metaphor

The Mosaic Rooms and Hurst are pleased to present the launch of ‘Gaza as Metaphor’, a selection of essays by journalists, writers, doctors, academics and others, who use metaphor to record and historicise Gaza, to contextualise its everyday realities, interrogate its representations and provide an understanding of its real and symbolic significance. Edited by Helga Tawil-Souri and Dina Matar […]

9 February 2016

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Screening: The Kalampag Tracking Agency: Experimental Films & Videos from the Philippines

Gasworks presents the first UK screening of The Kalampag Tracking Agency, a curatorial and organisational collaboration between Shireen Seno and Merv Espina that brings together film and video from the Philippines spanning the past 30 years. Overcoming institutional and personal lapses to give attention to little-seen works – some quite recent, some surviving loss and decomposition – this […]

7 February 2016

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Re-Draw

Re-Draw drop in and draw A drop-in workshop designed and led by artist James Brooks. This session will explore the variety of potential source material available for making drawings.  Working with paper based magazines, newspapers, journals, manuals, maps and picture books, the workshop aims for individuals to create new narratives by combining and editing familiar […]

7 February 2016

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Meet the Artist: Anton Alvarez

Anton Alvarez will be in conversation with Head of Exhibitions, Bryony Windsor, to enlighten audiences and inspire budding machine makers. Hear Anton talk about his exhibition Alphabet Aerobics, which was specially commissioned for NCCD’s Main Gallery.

5 February 2016

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The Poetics of Grime

This panel discussion and series of performances explores the poetic significance of grime lyricism. Speakers include ICA Associate Poet Kayo Chingonyi, Charlie Dark, Eklipse and Debris Stevenson. The talk will be followed by DJ sets in the ICA Bar.

5 February 2016

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Culture Now: Hajra Waheed

Artist Hajra Waheed discusses her practice on the occasion of her first UK presentation of the ‘first chapter’ from her work Sea Change at The Mosaic Rooms, London (opens 11 Mar, until 21 May 2016). Waheed’s oeuvre seeks to address personal, national and cultural identity formation in relation to political history, popular imagination and the […]

5 February 2016

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The Legacy of Helen Chadwick

Louisa Buck chairs a panel discussion examining the legacy and influence of British artist Helen Chadwick (1995-1996), with speakers including artists Cathy de Monchaux and Gavin Turk, curator Frances Morris and writer Marina Warner. This event marks the 20th anniversary of Chadwick’s untimely death.

5 February 2016

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Decommissioned: Mick Wilson

This presentation looks at some of the different ways in which strategies and tactics of withdrawal, refusal, renege and escape are figured in contemporary culture, with particular reference to the question of institution and institutional practices.

5 February 2016

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Topsafe TV: Emerging London Film Discussion

A night of films and talks with some of topsafe’s favourite young filmmakers in London. All the directors are working independently in London, developing their own stories and ideas and working within their own means. We show a selection of their films, followed by a discussion with the directors. We also screen a recent Topsafe […]

5 February 2016

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Decommissioned: El Ultimo Grito

The Multiplexer is where the signs that describe and construct our world get analysed, manipulated, compressed and collided to generate new directions. The purpose of the Multiplexer is not the provision of finite answers but the construction of parallel complexities. In the Multiplexer time and space collapse into momentous artifice, which becomes part of that […]

5 February 2016

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Medium-specific: Ceramics in Contemporary Art

To coincide with ICA exhibition Betty Woodman: Theatre of the Domestic, Jenni Lomax (Director, Camden Arts Centre), chairs a panel of artists and curators, including Caroline Achaintre, Aaron Angell and Tommaso Corvi-Mora, debating why ceramics is increasingly utilised by contemporary artists.

5 February 2016

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Friday Salon: Art into Society – Society into Art

Chaired by writer and curator Jo Melvin, this discussion explores the legacy of the seminal 1974 ICA exhibition Art Into Society – Society into Art: Seven German Artists and looks at current curatorial practices and pedagogical models that attempt to democratise beyond the established structure of exhibition making. Speakers include Viviana Checchia, Louise Shelley and […]

5 February 2016

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Decommissioned: Sook-Kyung Lee

Research Curator at Tate Research Centre Sook-Kyung Lee joins us for the latest in our Decommissioned lecture series. This talk looks at diverse manifestations of political consciousness in Asian art, from direct critique and activism to non-participation and apparent disengagement as means of resistance. How can art transform the everyday functions of such sites as […]

5 February 2016

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Artist’s Talking: Keith Bayliss with Sally Moss

Join in the conversation on Saturday afternoon at the gallery. Sally Moss will be chatting to artist Keith Bayliss, to coincide with his fascinating exhibition, ‘Swsana and The Elders’, currently on show. Sally Moss, lecturer and curator, formally of The National Museum of Wales and the Graham Sutherland Gallery, will be in conversation with Bayliss. […]

3 February 2016

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The Missing Post Office UK by Saya Kubota

Is there someone to whom you wish you could tell your thoughts, even if you may never receive an answer? Missing Post Office (MPO) is a participatory project by the artist Saya Kubota; MPO receives and looks after letters that you want to write but don’t know where to send. A letter to and from […]

2 February 2016

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A Consumer’s Guide to Therapy: Professor Brett Kahr in Conversation with Dan Chambers

What actually happens in psychotherapy? And does it really work? Psychotherapy has become a mainstay of our emotional wellbeing, and yet, in spite of its century-long track record, many people still regard “therapy” with a certain suspicion. Is psychotherapy simply a self-indulgent exercise in navel-gazing for bored, well-heeled neurotics with too much time on their […]

1 February 2016

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Private View and Artist Talk. Circadian Maps: Karel Doing

Alongside the Private View of Circadian Maps, the artist, Karel Doing, will give an introduction to his work and practice from 7.30pm Karel Doing (1965, Canberra, Australia) is an artist and filmmaker who has worked extensively across analogue and digital formats. He is a media polyglot with a particular interest in the semiotics of film […]

26 January 2016

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Avoiding The Object (On Purpose): Cornelia Parker in conversation with Darian Leader

Join us for the second in a special series of talks and lectures marking the Museum’s 30th Anniversary, which take place throughout 2016. Artist Cornelia Parker will be in conversation with Psychoanalyst and Author, Darian Leader, discussing her art and its relation to the unconscious. They will talk about transitional objects, avoiding the object on […]

24 January 2016

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Comic Self-Effacement

In this reading group, led by critic and curator Isobel Harbison, we will read extracts from “The Magic Christian” by Terry Southern and “Why Have I Not Written Any of My Books” by Marcel Bènabou, discussing comic self-effacement as a literary conceit and artistic methodology. We will use the subject as a platform to discuss […]

23 January 2016

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Talk: Wadi Al-Nisnas

Hamody Gannam has invited Walaa Sbait to discuss Wadi Al-Nisnas, one of the few Arab neighbourhoods left in Haifa which has maintained its Palestinian characteristics in the architecture, food, smells, sounds and culture. Historically, it has been home to many pioneering Palestinian poets, artists and politicians, such as Mahmoud Darwish, Sameeh Al-Qassim, Emil Habibi and […]

23 January 2016

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The Other Mountain: Curators Talk

Join The Other Mountain curators Norman Cherry and Wang Kezhen for a curator’s tour of the exhibition. The Other Mountain explores the recent internationalisation of contemporary Chinese jewellery design and demonstrates how an increase in academic travel over the past twenty years has effected these trends. The exhibition is jointly created by artist, curator and […]

22 January 2016

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Performance Management: Panel Discussion

In his latest book In Praise of Theatre Alain Badiou writes “the theatre attempts to make a previously unseen possibility emerge”. For him, there is a precariousness about theatre, which not only responds to our present crisis in global capitalism, but which, through its provocation, enables the spectator to orientate him or herself in the present day. So […]