Slade School of Fine Art



Contemporary Art Lectures are curated by a member of Slade academic staff and open to Slade students and staff. Please bring your UCL ID card with you to gain entry. They take place each week through the Autumn and Spring Terms. Contemporary Art Lectures take place in the Darwin Lecture Theatre

Amalia Pica

Amalia Pica (B. 1978 Neuquén, Argentina), lives and works in London.

Lorenzo Vitturi

Venice-born Vitturi arrived in London nine years ago, having graduated in photography and design in Rome in 2004 and served a creative apprenticeship with Fabrica, the famous Benetton-funded communications research centre in Treviso.


Semiconductor is UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. In their art works they explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it through the lens of science and technology, questioning how they mediate our experiences.

Aura Satz

Aura Satz’s work encompasses film, sound, performance and sculpture. In recent years she has made a collection of films that look closely at sound visualisation through various technologies and acoustic devices, in parallel to an ongoing engagement with the question of women’s contributions to labour, technology and scientific knowledge.

Rob Kesseler

Rob Kesseler works in the overlapping territories between Art, Design, Photography, Applied Art and Science.

Michael Bracewell - Germany is your America

In this lecture, Michael Bracewell will offer a consideration of cultural studies in relation to creative writing, belles lettres, contemporary art, pop, modern history and autobiography.

Ruth Siddall

A wide range of materials are used to create artists¹s pigments, from minerals to organic dyes, from poisonous compounds to human remains. This talk will present a series of stories associated with the use of colour using examples from the Neolithic to the present which will demonstrate that colour is not the only driving factor in the choice of certain materials.

Hiraki Sawa and Metod Blejec

Metod Blejec is a multidisciplinary free-range hybrid-creative who works across experimental art, design, education and consultancy. Hiraki Sawa’s video installations present intimate observations in transitory landscapes, familiar surroundings often inhabited by anoetic forms.

Andrew Logan

Born in Oxford in 1945, he qualified in architecture in the late 1960s and has worked across the fields of sculpture, stage design, drama, opera, parades, festivals and interior design.

Nina Ashby

Nina Ashby is a psychic reader, teacher and healer of international repute, born with the ability to see the aura, or subtle energy that surrounds every living thing.

Jacqui Poncelet

Jacqui Poncelet established herself as a major figure in the international ceramics scene during the late 1970’s and I980’s before diversifying her practice to work in a wide range of media including painting, sculpture and textiles, as well as public commissions one of which was a series wool blankets produced for the Tate with Merlin Tregwynt.

Sophie Raikes

Sophie Raikes is the Assistant Curator (Sculpture) at the Henry Moore Institute.

Meekyoung Shin

Meekyoung Shin (b.1967; South Korea) is an internationally renowned London-based Korean artist.

Bruce McLean

Since the late 1960s Bruce McLean has employed a range of media to consider ‘the condition of sculpture,’ exploring the limits of what a sculpture can be.

Doug Fishbone

Doug Fishbone is an American artist living and working in London. He has shown at Tate Britain, the Hayward, ICA and the Southbank Centre, as well as gaining notoriety for 'dumping' 30,000 bananas in Trafalgar Square (2004).
The video of this lecture can be viewed on Vimeo.

Bob and Roberta Smith

For Bob and Roberta Smith, art is an important element in democratic life. Much of his art takes the form of painted signs.
The video of this lecture can be viewed on Vimeo.

Lisa Lefeuvre

Lisa Lefeuvre is a curator and writer on art and Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.

Tim Knowles

hance is crucial to Tim Knowles’ work, which is generated by apparatus, mechanisms, systems and processes beyond the artist’s control.
The video of this lecture can be viewed on Vimeo.

Nick Crowe

Nick Crowe is an artist and senior lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths. His work made in collaboration with Ian Rawlinson is primarily concerned with the languages of power, with its grammar and with its rhetoric.
The video of this lecture can be viewed on Vimeo.

Garth Evans

Garth Evans is a sculptor who began his career in Britain and now lives and works in New York. The video of this lecture can be viewed on Vimeo.

Tania Kovats

Tania Kovats is an artist whose practice encompasses sculpture, installation and large scale time-based projects exploring our experience and understanding of landscape. The video of this lecture can be viewed on Vimeo.

Cullinan Richards

Charlotte Cullinan and Jeanine Richards are an artist duo whose output is largely involved with the idea that 'the exhibition' can be a medium itself.
The video of this lecture can be viewed on Vimeo.

Mariele Neudecker

Mariele Neudecker is an artist whose work explores environments as diverse as north-western Greenland, a domestic house in Brighton and the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich. The video of this lecture can be viewed on Vimeo.

Tomoko Takahashi

Tomoko Takahashi is a Japanese artist, until 2010 based in London.

Matthew Jarron

Matthew Jarron is Museum Curator at the University of Dundee where he has responsibility for the University of Dundee's historic collections of art and artefacts. The video of this lecture can be viewed on Vimeo.

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi studied at the Slade in the 1950s. His work was on show in the exhibition Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist at Tate Modern in 2013. The video of this lecture can be seen on Vimeo.

Emily Richardson

Emily Richardson's films explore landscapes and environments to reveal the way that activity, movement and light is inscribed in place.

Anne Hardy

Anne Hardy is an artist who photographs large-scale interior spaces which she carefully constructs over several months.

Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson is a sculptor, internationally celebrated for his interventions in architectural space which draw heavily on the worlds of engineering and construction.

Sally O'Reilly

Sally O’Reilly produces publications, videos and performances that find curious links between apparently divergent phenomena.

Jeremy Millar

Jeremy Millar is an artist, curator of and writer on contemporary art. The video of this lecture can be viewed on Vimeo.

Kodwo Eshun

Kodwo Eshun is an artist and member of The Otolith Group (with Anjalika Sagar).

Margarita Gluzberg

Margarita Gluzberg makes painting, drawings, installation and sound work.

Gavin Butt

Gavin Butt is an art historian and author of Between You and Me: Queer Disclosures in the New York Art World 1948-1963, Duke University Press, 2005 and editor of After Criticism: New Responses to Art and Performance, Blackwell, 2004.

Caroline Achaintre

Caroline Achaintre is an artist interested in German Expressionism and post-war modernism.

Gavin Wade

Gavin Wade is an artist and curator and director of Eastside Projects in Birmingham.

Gail Pickering

Gail Pickering makes sculpture, installations, performances and films.

Jussi Parikka

Jussi Parikka is a media theorist and author of Insect Media Minnesota Press 2010 and What is Media Archaeology?  Polity Press 2012. The video of this lecture can be viewed on YouTube.

Simon Bill

Simon Bill, is a painter known for his oval shaped paintings using diverse material that range from abstract compositions to images that include Mr. Blobby and the duck/rabbit icon.

Liz Price

Liz Price is an artist Filmmaker artist Exhibitions include The Tent Bloomberg Space London
 Here Baltic Gateshead
 and The Woolworths Choir of 1979 MOTINTERNATIONAL London, all 2012.

Leung Mee Ping

Leung Mee Ping has had an international career since graduating from L'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France and obtaining her MFA from California Institute of the Arts, USA.

John Russell

John Russell is an artist whose recent solo shows include Jexus, MOTINTERNATIONAL Brussels 2012; Angel of History: I can see for miles, Focal Point Gallery Southend 2011; and Ocean Pose, Matts Gallery London. The video of this lecture can be viewed on YouTube.

Mark Titchner

Mark Titchner is an artist who explores systems of belief, focusing on marginalized or forgotten ideologies and objects. The video of this lecture can be viewed on YouTube.

Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt is the director and curator of Focal Point Gallery Southend and a jury member for this year's Turner Prize. The video of this lecture can be viewed on YouTube.

Lala Rukh Selim

Lala Rukh Selim  is a sculptor and and associate professor of the sculpture department at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Dhaka University, Bangladesh. The video of this lecture can be viewed on YouTube.

Robin Mackay

Robin Mackay is a philosopher and editor and publisher of Collapse Journal of Philosophical Research and Development. The video of this lecture can be viewed on YouTube.

Steve Goodman

Steve Goodman aka Kode 9 is a musician, theorist of sonic culture and founder of Hyperdub Records, the record label of Burial and Laurel Halo.

Spartacus Chetwynd

Spartacus Chetwynd stages performances and events that restage iconic, historical events.

Alice Channer

Alice Channer is a sculptor concerned with materiality, consumerism and fashion.

Lewis Biggs

Poetry and Patronage: Artist's Thinking at Work in the City.
The video of this lecture can be viewed on YouTube.

Iwona Blazwick

What role can the 21st century art institution play for the artists?

Stephanie Kim

The Surge of Contemporary Korean Art.

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