05 June 2022

Rhys Calder

New commission by Rhys Coren

Rhys Coren’s new nine-meter long terrazzo artwork for Hanover Square in London has been unveiled!

It’s called ‘Everyone I’ve Ever Known’ and is Rhys’ first large-scale public commission. It’s an upbeat, joyful contribution to the streets of central London and references Rhys’ longterm interest in music, popular culture, cartoon imagery, and the public realm. In many ways the work is a bit of visual music.

It was commissioned by developers GPE and sits behind the soon-to-be-opened Bond Street Crossrail station near Dering Street.

I’ve been working on it since 2017. It’s insane how long these project take to realise.

Photo: Rhys with the work and his son Calder, 2022

18 May 2022


New teaching role

I’m currently teaching on the BA Culture, Criticism, and Curation course at CSM, covering subjects as broad as gender studies, feminist art practice, exhibition making, Black performance art, and post-internet art.

25 April 2022


Assembly talk

I’ve been working with UP Projects, Flat Time House, and Liverpool Biennial on a programme of online talks about socially-engaged practice.  The next one is on 18 May and we’ll be discussing the ways that these projects can inspire structural change.

The conversation will involve a discussion about the relationship of artists and communities to the structures that shape society. How can the incredible range of knowledge, experience and practice that artists, curators, creative practitioners, and communities bring to these projects be used to challenge existing power structures?

More information here.

Watch a recording of the talk here

Portrait by Robin Silas

06 January 2022

Flores Prats

Råängen event

Working with Nothing: artists & architects building a new neighbourhood

The Råängen programme of art and architecture commissions in Lund is at once very strange and very straight forward. Join us for a discussion about its character, with three artists and architects from Barcelona, Glasgow, and Trondheim who are involved in the programme.

Kieran Long, Director, ArkDes

Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores, Flores & Prats Architects
Nathan Coley, artist
Geir Brendeland, Brendeland & Kristoffersen Arkitekter

18 January, 2022, 12.00–13.15 CET

Watch the talk here

Drawing by Flores & Prats - ideas for Råängen buildings

17 September 2021

Hage 2

Hage launch

Hage, a new public garden for Råängen , has opened! Designed by Norwegian architects Brendeland & Kristoffersen, this walled space in Lund, south Sweden, is the first permanent commission for the Råängen programme and is open to all.

Over the coming years, a new neighbourhood will grow up around the space, which will shift from being an object in the landscape to a local park for a new community.

Watch a film about the making of Hage here

Photo: Peter Westrup

20 July 2021

AoD July 2021

Archive of Destruction talks

The Archive of Destruction talks organised to celebrate the launch of the project, are now available to watch online.

22 June 2021
Speakers: Maja Bekan, Kristina Norman, Jes Fernie

Many of the artworks in the archive are catalysts for conversations around political and environmental turmoil, social ills, colonial oppression, and institutional conservatism. For the first event of this series of talks, two of the artists whose work is in the archive presented their projects and discussed the political, historic, and social contexts in which they were realised. Jes Fernie gave an overview of the Archive of Destruction.

14 July 2021
Speakers: Eloise Hawser, Marysia Lewandowska, Vanessa Onwuemezi, Jes Fernie

The Archive of Destruction includes a series of commissioned essays by writers, artists, curators, and academics. For this event, Jes Fernie was joined by three of the contributors to discuss their response to archive, and their texts.

The talks were held in partnership with Flat Time House.

Image: still from video, Everything Will Be Interrupted (Jes Fernie, Gareth Bell-Jones, Vanessa Onwuemezi, Eloise Hawser, and Marysia Lewandowska)

03 June 2021


Archive of Destruction launch

My Archive of Destruction website is now live! The project brings together narratives around destruction and public art. Spanning a hundred years and many continents, it tells cumulative stories of vulnerability, interference, rage, fear, boredom and love.

The website is made up of texts and images of artworks, projects, and performances that have been destroyed by institutions, local government, the general public, and the elements, as wells as works that have been destroyed by artists themselves, or have the concept of destruction embedded within them. Examples include Robert Smithson’s Partially Buried Woodshed (1970), David Hammons’ How Ya Like Me Now? (1989), Joanna Rajkowska’s Greetings from Jerusalem Avenue (2002), and Nicole Eisenman’s Sketch for a Fountain (2017).

The aim is to create an exploratory, open-ended repository that reveals the multiple ways that public art can become a catalyst for conversations about political, social and environmental issues, as well as a vehicle for expressions of wit, humour and tenderness.

See the programme page for details of talks in June and July 2021. This is a partnership project with Flat Time House

Follow the project on Instagram

Graphic design by Daly & Lyon
Build by Matthew Luke


25 March 2021


Samra Mayanja wins the Nigel Greenwood Prize

Samra Mayanja has been awarded the 2021 Nigel Greenwood Prize. It was such a pleasure to be a judge along with Giles Round, Tai Shani and Amy Sherlock. Shortlisted artists: Marianna Simnett, Ann-Margreth Bohl, and Rebecca Chesney.

For her residency in the Scottish Borders, Samra plans to continue her exploration of ‘what moves us and what it is to be moved’. Drawing on texts from Ugandan and world history as well as her experience of worship as a child, she plans to think through faith as a bodily and sonic practice, as a thing with an emotive draw that informs our past and future.

Image: Samra Mayanja, Untitled (still from video), 2019

25 March 2021


Assembly: Curators Development Programme

I’ve been working with UP Projects and Public Art Network UK on this series of talks for curators, artists, producers and public art practitioners. Join us!

The programme advocates for a broader, more nuanced, understanding of what it means to commission work for a public context and work in socially engaged ways. In the UK, while there are increasing opportunities for socially engaged work, particularly in urban development and regeneration programmes, there are very few opportunities to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills.

We have great speakers and chairs including Amanprit Sandhu, Linda Rocco, Roseanna Dias, Matteo Lucchetti, Jes Fernie, and Siddarth Khajuria.

Programme funded by Art Fund

More information here


11 March 2021


Matt’s Gallery board member

I’m delighted to take up Robin Klassnik’s invitation to become a board member of the incredible Matt’s Gallery in London.

I so look forward to contributing to the mad, sprawling, brilliant, peripatetic story of the gallery as it moves into its new home in Nine Elms later this year.

Image: Robin Klassnik at Matt’s Gallery, 2017. Photo Jes Fernie.

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