In Conversation: Hew Locke and Larry Achiampong

Archive Shelf Location BALTIC2023M
Publication Date 02 Jun 2023

A special In Conversation event with artists Hew Locke and Larry Achiampong, chaired by Donna Chambers, Professor of Critical Cultural Studies in the Department of Arts at Northumbria University.

Hew Locke was born in Edinburgh, UK, in 1959; lived from 1966 to 1980 in Georgetown, Guyana; and is currently based in London. He obtained a B.A. Fine Art in Falmouth (1988) and an M.A. Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London (1994). In 2000 he won both a Paul Hamlyn Award and an East International Award. In 2022 he was elected a member of The Royal Academy of Arts. His work is represented in many collections including those of the The Government Art Collection, The Pérez Art Museum Miami, The Tate Gallery, The Arts Council of England, The National Trust, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, 21c, The New Art Gallery Walsall, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Imperial War Museum, The British Museum and The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.

Larry Achiampong lives and works in London and Essex. He completed a BA in Mixed Media Fine Art at University of Westminster in 2005 and an MA in Sculpture at The Slade School of Fine Art in 2008. He has exhibited, performed and presented work within the UK and internationally. Recent projects include commissions with Liverpool Biennial (2021); The Line, London (2020); De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (2020) and Art on the Underground (2019/2022). Recent solo exhibitions include Relic Traveller: Where You and I Come From, We Know That We Are Not Here Forever, Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal (2021); When the Sky Falls, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (2020); Pan African Flag For The Relic Travellers Alliance & Relic Traveller, Phase 1, 019, Ghent (2019); Dividednation, Primary, Nottingham (2019) and Larry Achiampong: Relic Traveller – Sank0fa, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2018). Achiampong is a recipient of the Stanley Picker Fellowship (2020), the Paul Hamlyn Foundation's Award for Artists (2019), and is a Jarman Award nominated artist (2018/2021).

Donna Chambers is Professor of Critical Cultural Studies in the Department of Arts at Northumbria University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar who is interested in how people and places are represented through cultural heritage tourism, drawing on a range of critical perspectives including postcolonial and decolonial epistemologies, critical race theory and Black feminist theory. Chambers believes in democratic processes and collaborative working in solidarity with a range of community stakeholders to foster positive, sustainable development. Currently she is a Trustee of the Sunderland Empire Theatre Trust, the Wordsworth Trust, and a non-Executive Director (Equality & Diversity) of Newcastle Creates. Chambers is currently one of the sixteen women from Black, Asian and minority ethnic heritage in the North East featured in the ‘Inspirational Women’ permanent exhibition at the Discovery Museum.

Speaker Donna Chambers
Format MPEG 4
Related Artists Hew Locke, Larry Achiampong
Keywords Conversation, Heritage, colonialism, Migration, Inspiration, Cultural appropriation, Black Artists, Art practice, Creative Careers, COVID-19 Pandemic, Video Games, Political art
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