Max Barstow on Photography

Max, a recent philosophy graduate from King’s College, is a winner at this year’s prestigious 2018 Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize.

Londoners II 1© ‘Londoners II’ – Max Barstow

The prize-winning image is from his series, Londoners.  Currently, he is working on a set of still-life pictures inspired by classic memento mori images, alongside an ongoing project, ReflectionsRead Max’s interview (in the Nutshells section) here.

NEW + film: Hester Reeve

Sacha Golob (co-Director, CPVA) in conversation with the sculptor and performance artist Hester Reeve on the relationship between art and philosophy, her rejoinder to Plato’s Academy, the role of personas in contemporary art, and her interest in the great rationalist thinker Immanuel Kant.

0.31 – Philosophy as Artistic Practice
11.23 – Ymedaca and Plato’s Academy
23.40 – Conceptual Personas: HRH.the
33.10 – Thinking, Dialogue, Speech
40.27 – Materiality
47.58 – Immanuel Kant and the Residency at KCL

New+Film: Kenny Hunter

About this film

Sacha Golob (co-Director, CPVA) in conversation with the sculptor Kenny Hunter  on the role of public sculpture, its destruction, and its style.

Film Chapters:
1. The Monumental Tradition: Approaches to Public Sculpture (0.45)
2. The Community: Sculpture and Democracy (4.25)
3. The Animal and the Human (13.41)
4. Destroying Sculptures (23.37)
5. The Toy Aesthetic and Post-Modern Irony (32.46)
6. The Southwark Memorial (38.32)

Invitation: ‘Protest Art’

Protest Art – Panel Discussion
10 December | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

What is protest art? What are its limits and what are its possibilities? Might there be a unique role for art in protest or does the political statement diminish the art? And once a piece of art becomes popular in the art world, can it still be protest art? We bring together those at the forefront of making and thinking about protest art to discuss what it has been, what it is, and what it might be.


Sacha Golob, Director, Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts, King’s College London

Robert Montgomery, Poet and artist, Author of Echos of Voices in the High Towers

Stephanie Schwartz, Lecturer, American Modernism, UCL

Sarah Fine, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy; Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, KCL

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