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Talks & Workshops

David Batchelor, Sam Jacob and Will Nash in Conversation with Rebecca Heald

Sam Jacob Studio: MK Menhir. Find out more HERE

Sam Jacob Studio: MK Menhir. Find out more HERE


Sam Jacob Studio: MK Menhir. Find out more HERE


David Batchelor, Sam Jacob and Will Nash in Conversation

with Rebecca Heald

Wednesday 4 November / 7pm / Free


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Artists David Batchelor, Sam Jacob and Will Nash discuss their recent public art commissions for Milton Keynes with curator and RCA lecturer, Rebecca Heald. 



David Batchelor’s work is concerned above all things with colour, a sheer delight in the myriad brilliant hues of the urban environment and underlined by a critical concern with how we see and respond to colour in this advanced technological age.


Batchelor was born in Dundee in 1955 and lives and works in London. In 2013, a major solo exhibition of Batchelor’s two-dimensional work, Flatlands, was displayed at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and toured to Spike Island, Bristol. Batchelor’s work was included in the landmark group exhibition Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 - 2015 at Whitechapel Gallery, London. A separate exhibition of Batchelor’s Monochrome Archive (1997-2015) was also on display at Whitechapel Gallery until May 2015. Batchelor’s portfolio includes a number of major public artworks including a commission for the British Council headquarters in Hong Kong, a site-specific work for the McManus Galleries in Dundee, a 10-metre high light installation at the Archway Tube Station in London and most recently a major commission for St. Pancras International Station entitled Chromolocomotion.

Batchelor has written and edited a number of books including The Luminous and the Grey (2014), Found Monochromes (2010), Colour (2008) and Chromophobia (2000).



Sam Jacob is principal of Sam Jacob Studio for architecture and design. His work spans scales and disciplines ranging from master planning and urban design through architecture, design and art projects.


The studio is currently working on projects that include a masterplan for 250 homes, the reinvention of 1980’s business park, a mixed use development in London's Shoreditch and a public art commission for Milton Keynes.


Previously, Sam was a founding director of FAT Architecture where he was involved in many internationally acclaimed projects including the BBC Drama Production Village in Cardiff, the Heerlijkheid Hoogvliet park and cultural centre in Rotterdam and the curation of the British Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale. He has exhibited at leading galleries and museums including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the MAK in Vienna and the Biennale.


Sam is also contributing editor for Icon magazine and columnist for both Art Review and Dezeen and a regular participant in talks and events for institutions such as MoMA, the Southbank Centre and the Soane Museum.Jacob is Professor of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture and Director of Night School at the Architectural Association.



Will Nash was born in Bangor, North Wales, in 1973. He studied Multi Media Fine Art at Middlesex University (1994-1997), and gained an MA in Design by Project from the University of Brighton (2004-2006).


Since 2004 Nash has undertaken projects in the public realm, often working with groups of people to create sculptures and other works of art notable for their innovative use of materials and the way in which the artist gathers information to fit the site. His extremely precise structures are often based on the systematic repetition of the same unit taken to abstraction in order to achieve formal perfection. Nash has exhibited regularly since 2001 in both group and solo exhibitions. He lives and works in Lewes, East Sussex.



Rebecca Heald is a curator with over ten years’ experience working in London and internationally. Her practice is driven by a desire to engage with a range of publics via processes that start with art rather than theories and arguments. With an academic background in modern languages, political science and art history, she is committed to an interdisciplinary approach that often results in collaborations. She is currently engaged in a number of active research projects with colleagues in Palestine and India.


Rebecca recently curated a major commission for Art on the Underground with American artist Trevor Paglen at Gloucester Road Tube station. Previous exhibitions include Points of Departure at ICA, London and Bodies that matter, Galeri Mana, Istanbul. Between 2009 and 2013 she was Director of New Contemporaries, the UK’s foremost organisation working with new and emerging artists. She has works across exhibition and education departments at Sadie Coles HQ, Tate Britain and Hayward Gallery. Before working in galleries she was Arts and Features Editor at She a currently on the Board of Liverpool Biennial, The UK’s largest arts festival. 



November 2015