John Akomfrah at his London studio, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery, London
Films 10 Sep 2020

Virtual studio visit with John Akomfrah, 10 September 2020

John Akomfrah discusses his upcoming show at Lisson Gallery, the events of 2020 including the BLM movement and the climate emergency, and the importance of museums to remain ethical above all else. 

Isaac Julien Portrait, 2017. Photo by Thierry Bal
Films 30 Jun 2020

Virtual studio visit with Isaac Julien, 26 June 2020

Julien generously allowed extracts from Lessons of the Hour, 2019 to be shown, one of his most recent projects which focuses on the visionary African American writer, abolitionist and freed slave Frederick Douglass.

Dorothy Cross. Photo Credit Lanka Perren
Films 15 Jun 2020

Virtual Patron studio visit with Dorothy Cross, 12 June 2020

Dorothy showed us some of her most recent work and talked about how living in such a wild location influences her practice.

Black Lives Matter protest in London, Sunday, July 12, 2020. AP
Resource 12 Jun 2020

Black Lives Matter – Resources for Arts Professionals

A set of resources that address the decolonisation of public collections in the UK and around the world.

Courtesy Denzil Forrester and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.
Films 18 May 2020

Virtual studio visit with Denzil Forrester and in-conversation with the artist and Caroline Douglas, 13 May 2020

Held on Zoom on 13 May 2020, the CAS hosted a live studio visit with Denzil Forrester at his Cornwall studio, followed by an in-conversation between the artist and CAS Director…

Berni Searle, 'Untitled (Red)'. From the 'Colour Me' series, 1998.
Films 29 May 2019

Annual Conference: Re-Writing the Canon?

Held at The Courtauld Institute of Art on 14 May 2019 The 2019 CAS Annual Conference brought together scholars, curators and museum professionals to consider significant recent initiatives in collecting, exhibitions and display,…

Cécile B. Evans, Amos’ World, 2017. Video still: Amos’ World: Episode One. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna/Rome.
Films 24 May 2018

Annual Conference – The Virtual in Museums: Hot Medium?

Held at the National Gallery on 10 May 2018 The Contemporary Art Society’s 2018 Annual Conference explored the rapid development of digital imagery in the artistic realm and its representation…

Dineo Sheshee Bopape. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut/Hamburg
Films 27 Mar 2018

Artist Talk: Dineo Seshee Bopape, 22 March 2018

The Contemporary Art Society acquired her work for the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne through the Collections Fund at Frieze and she spoke about her work with Brian Cass, Head of Exhibitions from the museum.

Cover for the Contemporary Art Society Report 1948
Annual Reports 2 Nov 2017

Annual Reports

This page contains downloads for the Contemporary Art Society’s Annual Reports and Accounts (as searchable pdfs wherever possible) alongside selected leaflets about the Contemporary Art Society.  To download Contemporary Art…

Lawrence Lek, Geomancer, 2017. CGI video still, commissioned by Jerwood/FVU Awards, London. Courtesy: the artist
Films 22 May 2017

Annual Conference – The Museum as Battlefield: Alternative Models of Museum Practice

Held at the British Museum on 2 May 2017 The 2017 Contemporary Art Society Annual Conference examines radical strategies that museums around the world are deploying to rethink the way they display…

Cevdet Erek, 'Room of Rhythms - Curva' (2014), installation view from 'Open Museum Open City', MAXXI, Rome. Photo Musacchio Ianniello, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI - Rome
Audio 9 Nov 2016

On Space and Sound: Study Day for Displaying, Collecting and Preserving Sound Pieces

Focusing on different aspects of displaying, collecting and preserving sound pieces.

Migration Study Day at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Courtesy of photographer Michelle Maddison
Films 1 Nov 2016

National Network Case Study Day: Public Engagement, Community Building, Citizenry and Use Value

Centred around the ongoing discussion towards the reimagining of art institutions, this Case Study Day examined the ways in which museums and galleries can become active civic agents and spaces operating within society.

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