Talks and Events

Curator Tours

Every Monday at 1pm
Free, no booking required

Join the curators of GENERATIONS: Connecting Across Time and Place at Somerset House in the East Wing Galleries for a tour of the show! This will be a great chance to hear more about the works and also the curatorial process behind the exhibition.

Tours will occur on the following dates: 10th of June, 17th of June, 24th of June, 1st of July

Artists in Conversation: Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom and Hardeep Pandhal

Thursday 20 June, 6:30-8:30pm
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square
Free, booking required

Artists Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom and Hardeep Pandhal will come together to discuss their work in relation to the exhibition ‘GENERATIONS: Connecting Across Time and Place’. The talk will explore the ways in which both artists’ work challenges wider social and cultural preconceptions. In his video installation, ‘Plantain Drop’, Boakye-Yiadom explores the hybridity of everyday cultural references. Pandhal’s work, ‘Baba Deep Thing by Mum’, reimagines the story of a Sikh martyr in the form of a textile knitted by the artist’s mother. The discussion will focus on the ways in which the two artists –both born in the mid-80s – have been influenced by other generations, creating work that speaks to contemporary experiences.

The talk will be moderated by MA Curating the Art Museum student, Debbie Meniru.

Watch the talk on Youtube here

Photo © Hydar Dewachi / Photo © Dan Weill

Artist Talk: Alejandra Carles-Tolra

Saturday 22 June, 4pm
In the exhibition
Free, no booking required

Alejandra Carles-Tolra will give an Artist Talk in front of her photograph ‘Untitled’ from the series ‘Where We Belong’. The series is a body of work commissioned in 2017 through the Jerwood/ Photoworks Awards exploring themes of belonging, femininity and escapism through a portrayal of Jane Austen devotees. Alejandra Carles-Tolra is interested in examining the threshold between fiction and nonfiction, past and present. Her goal is to invite the viewer to question where the performance starts and ends, and to challenge where the limits between reality and imagination lie.

Alejandra’s talk will be followed by a Q&A

Poetry Reading: Raymond Antrobus

Sunday 23 June, 4pm
In the exhibition
Free, no booking required

Raymond Antrobus, the first poet to win the Rathbones Folio prize, will be reading from his latest poetry collection The Perseverance. Ranging across history and continents, The Perseverance operates in the spaces in-between and creates new, hybrid territories. Kaveh Akbar says, ‘it’s magic, the way this poet is able to bring together so much—deafness, race, masculinity, a mother’s dementia, a father’s demise—with such dexterity.’ Raymond’s words will create a meaningful and emotive dialogue with the artworks in GENERATIONS: Connecting Across Time and Place.

Raymond Antrobus was born in Hackney, London, to an English mother and Jamaican father. He is the author of ‘Shapes & Disfigurements’, ‘To Sweeten Bitter’ and ‘The Perseverance’ (PBS Winter Choice, The Sunday Times & The Guardian Poetry Book of The Year 2018). He is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Complete Works 3 and Jerwood Compton. He is also one of the world’s first recipients of an MA in Spoken Word education from Goldsmiths University. Raymond is a founding member of ‘Chill Pill’ and ‘Keats House Poets Forum’ and is a board member at ‘The Poetry School’.

Photo © Tenee Atooh