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7th Annual Stuart Hall Public Conversation with Isaac Julien

23rd March 2024 · 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Doors open: 1:30pm

In person | Virtual event

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 7th Annual Stuart Hall Public Conversation with Isaac Julien

The Annual Stuart Hall Public Conversation is the Stuart Hall Foundation’s yearly moment to pause and reflect, inviting audiences to engage with the work of artists and thinkers in dialogue with political, cultural and social change. For the 7th Annual Stuart Hall Public Conversation, acclaimed filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien is invited to respond to the themes of the Foundation’s 2024 programme.

Isaac Julien, RA is a critically acclaimed British artist and filmmaker. He creates multi-screen film installations and photographs that incorporate different artistic disciplines to create a poetic and unique visual language. Born in 1960 in London, he is one of the most prominent figures at the intersection of media art and cinema today. In 2018, Julien joined the faculty at the University of California Santa Cruz, where he is a Distinguished Professor of the Arts and leads the Moving Image Lab together with Arts Professor Mark Nash. His work is held in collections including Tate, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art (Zeitz MOCAA), Cape Town and Towner Art Gallery Collection, Eastbourne, UK. He worked on several film projects with Stuart Hall over many years, including Kapital (2013). Isaac Julien is a Patron of the Stuart Hall Foundation.

The event will include a new two-screen presentation of Isaac Julien’s immersive installation Once Again… (Statues Never Die), which will be the first time the piece has been shown in this particular format in the UK. Drawing on Julien’s extensive research in the archives of the Barnes Foundation, the film explores the reciprocal impact of Alain Locke’s political philosophy and cultural organising activities, and Albert C. Barnes’ pioneering art collecting and democratic, inclusive educational enterprise. *Please note that this film contains nudity.*

Following the keynote and screening, Isaac will be in conversation with Stuart Hall Foundation Chair, and Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, Gilane Tawadros.

The Stuart Hall Foundation was established in 2015 by Professor Stuart Hall’s family, friends and colleagues. The Foundation is committed to public education, addressing urgent questions of race and inequality in culture and society through talks and events, and building a growing network of Stuart Hall Foundation scholars and artists in residence.

*This event is live only – recordings will not be made available after the event.*

The event is supported by Cockayne Grants for the Arts, a donor advised fund held at The London Community Foundation.


Standard (in person) £20 • Concessions (in person) £15 Standard (online) £10

Access Information

Due to the age and Grade Il listing of the building, there is no lift access to rooms above the ground floor.

All the ground-floor rooms are fully accessible by wheelchair. Main Hall (street access, step-free), Brockway Room (street access, step-free), Bertrand Russell Room (street access, shallow ramp), Hive Cafe (street access, step-free), There is also an accessible toilet on the ground floor opposite the Brockway Room.

If you have any questions regarding your access needs, please get in touch with our team and we will accommodate as best as we can. Get in touch:

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Further Info

This event will be held with an in-person audience at Conway Hall and online via livestream. Everyone wishing to join this event must register for a ticket in advance. This event is live only - recordings will not be made available after the event.

If you have any accessibility enquiries, please contact us at / 020 7405 1818.

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