15 January 2020

Denzil Forrester, Study Day and In Conversation

Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK

This Study Day is a partnership between Art on the Underground and Iniva that aims to generate new readings of Denzil Forrester's work, invite personal responses and inspire continuing dialogue. The event will take place at Chelsea College of Arts, London on Wednesday 15 January 2020.

Speakers include: Alvaro Barrington (artist), Osei Bonsu (Curator of International Art - Africa, Tate Modern, London), Eddie Chambers (Professor of Art History at the University of Texas, Austin), and John Lyons (poet and artist).

The day will include a screening of ‘Denzil's Dance' by Professor Julian Henriques, Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, which captures Forrester sketching in the dancehalls of Kingston, Jamaica during a recent trip. There will also be a chance to look at materials held on Forrester in the Stuart Hall Library and a unique opportunity to view drawings by the artist on loan from Stephen Friedman Gallery.

The event will conclude with an ‘in conversation' between Denzil Forrester and Dr Kimathi Donkor, artist and Course Leader BA Fine Art Painting, Camberwell College of Arts. Both artists work primarily in paint, creating figurative works which are often on a large scale, while drawing also forms an important part of their respective practices. A commitment to teaching has played a central role for both artists: Forrester taught at Morley College for 30 years, while in addition to his Fine Art teaching Donkor has led a number of education projects in community settings.

Forrester's recent commission for Art on the Underground, ‘Brixton Blue', is currently on view at Brixton Station and a new solo show opens at Nottingham Contemporary in February 2020. He is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

Red Room and Banqueting Suite
Chelsea College of Arts
45 Millbank

Study Day, 12.30–5.30pm
Red Room, Chelsea College of Arts
Tickets: £5 including lunch
Limited capacity and booking is essential

In Conversation: Denzil Forrester and Kimathi Donkor, 6–7pm
Banqueting Suite, Chelsea College of Arts
This event is free of charge but places are limited. Booking recommended. 

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