Peter Kennard & Friends

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    The Gamble, Photomontage, gelatin silver prints and ink on card, 1986. A/POLITICAL

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    Portrait of Peter Kennard Photo: Teresa Eng

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    1.Harris Elliott. Photo by Christian Cassell. 2.Kae Tempest. Photo by Wolfgang Tillmans. 3. Arfoud Brothers & Sisters. Photo by Hassan Hajjaj

Free entry

Thu 25 Jul 2024, 6-9pm

Zilkha Auditorium

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

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Peter Kennard & Friends

Join us for a special evening celebrating the opening of the exhibition Peter Kennard: Archive of Dissent.

Marking 50 years of powerful and influential image-making bridging art and politics, the programme includes artist Peter Kennard in conversation with artist and curator Harris Elliott, poetry readings by playwright, poet, novelist and spoken word artist Kae Tempest, and two sets of Moroccan-inspired music by the collective Arfoud Brothers & Sisters.

This is a free, drop-in event with no booking necessary. Due to limited capacity, please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Zilkha Auditorium

18.30-19.30: Peter Kennard and Harris Elliott discuss art and politics after a showing of Elliott’s short film ‘Freedom For All’

19.45-21.00: Looping screenings of a short film on Peter Kennard’s work made by A/POLITICAL


18.00-18.30: Set by Arfoud Brothers and Sisters

19.45-20.00: Poetry readings by Kae Tempest

20.00-21.00: Set by Arfoud Brothers and Sisters

About Peter Kennard

Peter Kennard studied at Byam Shaw, the Slade, and the Royal College of Art, where he is an Emeritus Professor of Political Art. He has exhibited across the world, including solo exhibitions at Imperial War Museum, London, UK; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, UK; United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland; and Gallery Fifty 24MX, Mexico City, Mexico. He has participated in group exhibitions at Tate Liverpool, London, UK; Tate Modern, London, UK; Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; and Gallerie Vallois, Paris, France.

Kennard’s photomontages have been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally and have been acquired by major collections. They have been shown in community centres, schools and town halls across the UK. They have been used in innumerable publications and newspapers, including The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and The Scotsman. They have been endlessly reproduced in posters, book covers, placards and digital format, circulated among activist groups and held at protests.

About Harris Elliott

Artist, Cultural Curator and Academic, Harris Elliott references counter culture as a metaphor to create works with beauty that explore narratives have been hidden. Film, image and installation art.

Artist and co curator of The Missing Thread, Untold Stories of Black British Fashion, Return of the Rudeboy both at Somerset House and Punk in Translation. Creative Director for Kae Tempest, Le Tings – Dialect of the Diaspora, costume designer for Gorillaz and Kasabian. Senior associate lecturer in MA identity, fashion and culture at The Royal College of Art & Central Saint Martins.

About Kae Tempest

Kae Tempest is a musician who plays words. 

They’ve written albums, song-lyrics, poetry collections, novels, non-fiction, and theatre productions. What binds everything they write, is a musicality of language, born from the years spent rhyming with friends, trying to get on the mic at parties and cyphers, and studying the craft of golden-era rap gods and London’s legendary MC’s. 

With five studio albums, a novel, a book-length essay, five plays and five collections of poetry to their name, and with three more projects on the go, Kae Tempest has firmly established themself as one of the most unique, thought-provoking, and critically acclaimed voices of their generation.

About Arfoud Brothers and Sisters

Arfoud Brothers & Sisters is a flexible collective of creative souls, a Band and a Brand, which grew from the Sahara desert of Morocco. Its founder, Abdelillah Ouahbi, created it while living abroad, to share the warmth and soul of his home, Arfoud. The Sahraoui music with Arabic and amazigh roots are combined with Afrobeat, West African rythms and Brazilian sounds to create a sound of its own, constantly evolving with the different musicians who join in and bring their individual touch.