A Public Resource: Talks and Events


As part of the exhibition project A Public Resource, Cubitt gallery is hosted a series of talks, screenings and presentations from grass roots political organisations, activist groups, artists and theorists.

All events are free to attend, gallery is fully wheelchair accessible, please contact us with any access requirements.


Complete programme below or download the full schedule as a single PDF here



SATURDAY 12 MARCH 2016, 2.00 – 6.00pm

2:00 – 2:50pm
Talk: Architects 4 Social Housing (ASH)
ASH are a working collective of architects, urban designers, engineers, writers and more, set up in order to respond architecturally to London’s housing crisis. Members from the group will discuss their organisation and their current proposals for the Central Hill Estate.

3:00 -3:50pm
Talk: Bonnie Camplin
London-based, multidisciplinary artist Bonnie Camplin will talk about tactical research and pattern detection, qualia channels, dimensional gates and the holarchic structure of reality.

4:00 – 4:50pm
Talk: Save Cressingham Gardens
SCG members will discuss their fight to stop the demolition of Brixton’s Cressingham Gardens estate.

5:00 – 6:00pm
Talk: Evan Ifekoya
Artist Evan Ifekoya will lead a workshop exploring the history of nightlife in the 1990s for London’s black LGBT communities.



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THURSDAY 17 MARCH 7.00 – 8.30pm
Film Screening: Who is Bozo Texino?

Directed by Bill Daniel, Who is Bozo Texino? is a documentary filmed over 16 years that looks at the underground universe of hobo culture, freight hopping, nonconformism and alternative living, shot in beautiful black and white, with an extraordinary soundtrack. A pre-recorded Q&A, developed by Daniel for A Public Resource, will be screened after the film.



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SATURDAY 19 MARCH 12.30 – 2.30pm
Public Crit Session with Q-Art

Q-ART are an art education research, publishing and events organisation who aim to break down the barriers to further and higher level art education and contemporary art. Q-ART will lead a crit session open to artists of all backgrounds as well as anyone with an interest in art.

For this event only, we are taking bookings online. Please book your place here.




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THURSDAY 24 MARCH 7.00 – 9.00pm

Film Screening: Black and White in Colour: Television, Memory, Race.

This two-part documentary, directed by Isaac Julien and narrated by Stuart Hall, is an indispensable chronicle of TV history and the involvement of black and Asian people in British television.




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SATURDAY 26 MARCH 2.00 – 7.30pm

2:00 – 4:00pm
Talk: Sisters Uncut
Sisters Uncut are a direct-action feminist group fighting cuts to domestic violence services. They will lead a three-part workshop followed by a short Q&A; introducing Sisters Uncut and how they work, then discussing police violence against women of colour and finally highlighting the vital role of housing in protecting women from abusive relationships.

4:00 – 4:50pm
Talk: Spin Watch, Tamasin Cave
Tamasin Cave, member of independent public relations investigators Spinwatch will speak about her work and recent book A Quiet Word: Lobbying, Crony Capitalism, and Broken Politics in Britain.

5:00 – 5:50pm
Talk: Russell Newell
Artist and photographer Russell Newell will look at a few key moments of political importance in his career. In particular he will be considering, through images and text, how his relationship to Peckham has changed over the past 40+ years, the possibilities of abstraction and looking to Africa.

6:00 – 7.30pm
Screening: ACT UP Oral History Project
AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) is an international direct action advocacy group working to impact the lives of people with AIDS. In this inspirational and moving interview taken from the ACT UP Oral History Project, lawyer Mary Doorman talks about her work with the group.



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THURSDAY 31 MARCH 7.00 – 8.30pm

Performance: Megan Nolan – And No Animal is Without Enemy                                           Nolan’s performance is an attempt to create a site for the unravelling of assumed positions; to question what the self can mean to a disembodied subject; what it means to claim the first person; what it means to refuse the belief that you are alive. Devised with reference to R.D. Laing’s The Divided Self and featuring performances and readings from Linda Stupart, Claire Potter, Rachel Benson, Penny Goring, Eoghan Ryan, and Megan Nolan.




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SATURDAY 2 APRIL 2.00 – 6.00pm

2:00 – 2:50pm
Talk: Michael McMillan
Curator Michael McMillan will explore his process of curating the Walter Rodney Bookshop installation as part of the recent exhibition No Colour Bar, Black British Art in Action 1960 – 1990, considering black activism, radical black politics and cultural revolution in British society.

3:00 – 3:50pm
Talk: SALT.
SALT. is a contemporary art and feminism publication based in London, founded in 2012. The three editors of SALT. Hannah Regel, Jala Wahid and Thea Smith, will each read their contributions to the newest issue, offering an introduction to SALT. and its intentions.

4:00 – 4:50pm
Talk: Focus E15
Focus E15 are a grass roots organisation set up to combat the effects of social cleansing and community displacement resulting from the privatisation of social housing. Members from the group will talk about their work.

5:00 – 6:00pm
Talk: Matthew McQuillan
Artist Matthew McQuillan will explore the affect of ‘Cuteness’ and ‘Authenticity’ in gentrifying London. Via coffee shops & revitalised market streets, his talk will argue that they (in part) determine who is included and excluded, who is invited and who is displaced.



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THURSDAY 7 APRIL 7.00 – 8.30pm

Screening: Mati Diop’s Atlantiques plus Campsfield House & Working Illegally from Standoff Films.
Mati Diop’s Atlantiques recounts the odyssey of Senegalese friends who attempt a life-threatening boat crossing. Standoff presents two documentaries: Campsfield House focuses on an immigration removal centre in Oxfordshire, UK; Working Illegally offers critical insight into the labour that maintains the UK detention estate. Filmaker Lou Macnamara will be in conversation after the screening.



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SATURDAY 9 APRIL 2.00 – 6.00pm

2:00 – 2:50pm
Talk: Michael Ohajuru
Historian Michael Ohajuru will review the image and reality of the Black Presence in 16th Century England, through three figures from the period – The Black Magus, John Blanke and St. Maurice.

3:00 – 3:50pm
Talk: Refugee and Migrant Forum of Essex and London (RAMFEL)
RAMFEL is a non-profit organisation who works for asylum seekers, migrants, refugees, Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities and anyone experiencing discrimination. Chief executive Rita Chadha will talk through the organisations aims and activities.

4:00 – 4:50pm
Talk: Disabled People Against Cuts
Formed after a mass demonstration against austerity cuts in 2010, DPAC is a grass roots organisaton, set up to fight for justice and human rights for all disabled people. Group member Paula Peters will talk about her involvement with the group.

5:00 – 5:50pm
Talk: Paul Goodwin
Curator and writer Paul Goodwin will comment on and develop some speculative modes of thinking through emerging relationships between ‘blackness’ within art practices and creative urban strategies in the 21st century metropolis.


Cubitt Gallery is part of an artist-led organisation based in Islington, London. We promote innovative curatorial practice with an 18-month Bursary, supporting curators at the beginning of their careers.

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