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Colour and Abstraction poster

Colour and Abstraction:
George Blacklock in conversation with Jeffrey Dennis, introduced by Jheni Arboine

1st February 2016 Banqueting Hall Chelsea College of Arts 6 - 7 pm

Celebrating the publication of Colour and Abstraction by George Blacklock, artist and Dean of Chelsea College of Arts.


JCP vol 2 Issue 2
Vol 2 Issue 2 of the Journal of Contemporary Painting is now available, focusing on the work of artist Simon Hantaï.

Conversations About Painting In Time

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This Paint Club event accompanied Painting in Time at The Tetley, curated by Sarah Kate Wilson, and looks closely at the work of three of the exhibiting artists whilst developing a discussion around the nature of contemporary painting in relation to duration and what is meant by an 'expanding field'

4 June 2015 6 pm - 8 pm, The Tetley, Leeds


talk about painting poster

We Need to Talk about Painting

26th May 2015 2pm Chelsea College of Arts, London

photo of panel 26 May

Painting by Alaena Turner

Alaena Turner Secret Action Painting (5) 2015

The Changing Technologies of Art: Paint Club at Griffin Gallery

6.30 pm Tuesday 31st March 2015 The Studio Building 21 Evesham Street London W11 4AJ


There's a Ghost in my House 2

Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork, Ireland, March 13th 2015. Chaired by Donal Moloney and Tom Helyar-Cardwell.
Guest panellists were Jo Kelley, Diana Copperwhite, Rebecca Bradley, Colin Crotty, Sharon Mc Carthy and Maureen O’ Connor.

artist David Reed
December 2014: Launch of The first issue of
the Journal of Contemporary Painting

The 'Art & Cinema' issue: featuring a visual essay and article by artist David Reed, an archive text by Stanley Cavell, essays by Paul Jenner, Bernice Donszelmann, Jacopo Benci, Emma Talbot, Simon Payne, Sunil Manghani, Daniel Sturgis and exhibition reviews.


Simon Hantaï

Round Table discussions with
François Rouan, Isabelle Monod-Fontaine, Mick Finch,
Philip Armstrong, Stuart Elliot, Andy Harper, Laura Lisbon and Daniel Sturgis.
The Institut Français
Salle Lumiere, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT
Tuesday June 3 2014, 3pm – 5pm

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A transcription of the discussion and related material will feature in the second issue of the Journal of Contemporary Painting

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Friday April 25th 2014 1pm - 2.30 pm Tate Britain Auditorium

Painting as a Document

featuring Clare Woods and Barry Schwabsky
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1pm Friday March 7th 2014 Clore Auditorium at Tate Britain

There's a Ghost in my House: Paint Club at
                  Tate Britain
Three artists respond to works from the Tate Britain's new displays
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'Becoming Medium'
Friday, 22 November 2013 7pm LVMH Lecture Theatre, CSM

1 Granary Square London N1C 4AA
Stephen Melville and Michael Newman will discuss: "Becoming Medium - What is it to be interested in the tableau now?"
View the event online here

Wed 17 July 2013
Painter Andrew Grassie discusses his work in conversation with critic and writer Rachel Withers Book Launch: Behind the Eyes: Making Pictures' at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London

Visual Symposium at Beaconsfield, London, Friday April 26th 2013, 11am - 8pm: Painting as Research click for links to the video documentation of this event

Nov 30th 2012 10.00 – 13.00 Painting’s Sites and Processes  A Painting Symposium  @ Greenroom  Chelsea College of Art and Design

Look Club: A research event for students across UAL Dr Alison Green and artist Dexter Dalwood discuss his paintingThe Death of Milosevic II Friday 23 November 2012 6.30 - 8pm Clore Studio, South London Gallery

Thurs 20 Nov 2012: Justin Mortimer in conversation with Matt Price at Haunch of Venison
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Artist Raf Zawistowski discusses his work with curator Juan Bolivar
at Canvas and Cream Wed May 9th 2012 7 - 9pm

2 March 2012: Bob Nicklas talk at Camberwell College of Art

21st Feb 2012: a trip to seeThe Indiscipline of Painting: International Abstraction from 1960 to Now, Mead Gallery, Warwick Art Centre & talk: Bernard Frize in conversation with Jeremy Lewison

Tableau Project

Tableau: Painting Photo Object

links to all video documentation etc here

A Conference at Tate Modern: Fri  28 Oct 2011, 10.30–17.30 & Sat  29 Oct 2011, 10.30–17.30

Why do so many contemporary artists, working across all media (paintings, photographs, objects, installations, live art), build on pictorial traditions of image construction to set the scene for new narratives? Variously described as tableau, dispositif and apparatus, these related conditions have been analysed by some of the most incisive thinkers on contemporary art and form the subject of this symposium

The centrality of tableau to recent discussions about photographic artistic practice is preceded by its presence in France in discussion around an expanded field in painting. Jean-François Chevrier has alluded to the return of tableau as a term and its possible implications in The Adventures of the Picture Form in the History of Photography

Keynote presentations by Philip Armstrong, Fulvia Carnevale, Jean-François Chevrier, Michael Fried, Michael Newman and research papers by Moyra Derby, Adi Efal, Françis Gaube, Atsuhide Ito, Cédric Loire and Andrea Medjesi Jones.
In collaboration with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London with additional support from the Institut Français, London
Tableau Project
Research Symposium 2
Fragments, Openness and Contradiction
in Painting and Photography
Saturday 21 May 2011, 10am – 4pm
 Red Lion Square Lecture Theatre,
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4AP

presentations by:
Moyra Derby (Unversity for the Creative Arts) – Depth as Breadth in Rotation.
Francis Gaube (Université catholique de Louvain) – Thickness and Surface: towards a painterly space.
Atsuhide Ito (Central Saint Martins) – The Promise of Painting: The Spectres of Baroque in Contemporary Painting.
Andrea Medjesi Jones (Anglia Ruskin University) – A Shock to Thought –conditions of the emerging image.
Alexandra Oliver (University of Pittsburgh) - Illuminating Obscurity: an interpretation of the relationship between Jeff Wall and Manet.

Research Symposium 1, 10am - 4pm at Central St Martins, The Viewing Theatre, 109 – 111 Charing Cross Rd

presentations by:
 Catrina Cojanu (RCA)    – Painting as Gaze: On the Revelatory Force of the Arabesque
Adi Efal (University of Cologne) – The two faces of the figure: plastic and philological
Cedric Loire (Lille University) – title tbc
Bettina Reiber (CSM) – Theorising Painting: Modernism, Hegel, Heidegger

Look Club 1: Phillip Allen and Martin Holman 7.00pm Thursday 20th May 2010 @ 176 Zabludowicz Collection

                Borremans 'Blue'
Michaël Borremans in Conversation with Mario Rossi: 6.30 Thursday 27th May 2010 @ the Artworkers' Guild

The Processes of Painting
Friday June 26th 2009, Swedenborg Society Hall, London

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