03.02.2021: Movement and Stillness: Art in a Time of Crisis and Upheaval (Online)

January 23, 2021

4TH STUART HALL PUBLIC CONVERSATION: Movement and Stillness: Art in a Time of Crisis and Upheaval

Wednesday 3rd February, 6 – 7.15pm, ONLINE

What is the role of art in a time of crisis and upheaval? Is it to speak up and speak out against injustice or to provide a space of quiet reflection? Should protest and movement take precedence over stillness and contemplation? And what part does imagination play in shaping alternative futures? 

Join us for our 4th Annual Public Conversation, which takes place online this year, to welcome three of Britain’s leading artists and poets, Linton Kwesi JohnsonRoger Robinson and Jay Bernard as they come together to read and reflect on the role of art and poetry in our turbulent times.

Since 2018, our Public Conversation event has been our yearly moment to pause and reflect, inviting an audience to engage with the work of artists and thinkers on a chosen theme that responds to recent political, cultural and social changes taking place. Previous years have pursued themes through multiple lenses, providing a chance for questions and discussion, and punctuated with interventions by poets, artists and musicians that open up a different space for thinking.


This event takes place online and is free to access. Please register to watch on the link below. 

Instead of charging for tickets, we are inviting audiences to make a donation, which will help towards the cost of our public programme. 


Linton Kwesi Johnson, is a UK-based Jamaican-British dub poet. Born in Chapelton, a small town in the parish of Clarendon, Jamaica, he came to England in 1963. In the mid-seventies he gained a sociology degree from Goldsmiths College, London, and had poems published in the journal Race Today. Whilst still at school he joined the Black Panthers, helped to organise a poetry workshop within the movement and developed his work with Rasta Love, a group of poets and drummers. In 1977 he was awarded a C. Day Lewis Fellowship and was writer-in-residence for London Borough of Lambeth that year. He went on to work as the Library Resources and Education Officer at the Keskidee Centre. In 2002 he became the second living poet, and the only black poet, to be published in the Penguin Modern Classics series. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including numerous honorary and associate fellowships, and most recently was awarded the 2020 PEN Pinter Prize.

Roger Robinson is a writer who has performed worldwide. He is the winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize 2019 and the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2020, shortlisted for the Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry 2020 and shortlisted for The OCM Bocas Poetry Prize, The Oxford Brookes Poetry Prize, highly commended by the Forward Poetry Prize. His latest collection ‘A Portable Paradise’ was a Newstatesman book of the year. He was chosen by Decibel as one of 50 writers who have influenced the black-British writing canon. He is an alumnus of The Complete Works and he has toured extensively with the British Council.

Jay Bernard is a writer, their practice is interdisciplinary and much of what they do is rooted in archives and social history. Their debut collection Surge won the Ted Hughes Award 2017 and they were named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2020. Surge was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award; T.S. Eliot Prize; Forward Prize for Best First Collection; Dylan Thomas Prize; RSL Ondaatje Prize; John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize. Surge is based on the archives at the George Padmore Institute relating to the 1981 New Cross Fire.


Gilane Tawadros is Chair of the Stuart Hall Foundation. She is Chief Executive of DACS, a not-for-profit visual artists rights management organisation. She is a curator and writer and was the founding Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) which Stuart Hall chaired for over a decade. Gilane is currently working on an anthology of Stuart Hall’s writings on the visual arts and culture.

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