Visiting Artist’s Talk – Alys Williams

For this week's Visiting Artist's Talk we welcome Alys Williams, founding director of Vitrine Gallery, London and Basel.

Alys Williams is the founding Director of VITRINE, which has galleries in London and Basel. She initiates, leads and develops the organisation and its programme. VITRINE aims to promote artistic experimentation, development and investment, with a focus on emerging interdisciplinary practice and cross-cultural exchange. Recent exhibitions include shows with Tim Etchells, Rudy Loewe, Ebun Sodipo and Luis Enrique Zela-Koort, all in autumn 2023; plus, a Frieze London presentation of work by Kara Chin. 

Alys’ experience combines a deep understanding of artist, gallery and intuitional practices as well as the art market – experiences that she developed over 20 years, together with her international network. VITRINE has established a strong reputation as a selector and nurturer of new talent. It is a business she has developed from her early career, one rooted in her studies as a visual artist. 

Alys also co-founded ‘SCULTURE AT’ (2014–) and ‘Performance Exchange’ (2020–) and is a Trustee on the Swiss Cultural Fund. She advises international clients, appears on panel discussions and advisory boards, and lectures at universities and residency programmes.

About the Visiting Artists’ Talks series

The Visiting Artist’s Talk (VAT) series hosts talks by an exciting range of arts practitioners from around the world every Monday afternoon from 2 to 4pm during teaching weeks.

All of our talks are compulsory for our Fine Art students but are also open to anyone else who would like to join us.

For more information, please email Nick Thurston.

Directions to Chemistry Lecture Theatre B

See the campus map for location of the Chemistry building.

Go through the Chemistry main entrance, turn right, follow the corridor round to the left, go through the double doors and the lift and stairs are both immediately on your right.

Either go up 1.5 flights of stairs to an upper landing and Chemistry Lecture Theatre B is at the end of the landing on your right or take the lift to the 2nd floor, turn left upon exiting and Chemistry Lecture Theatre B is at the end of the landing on your right.


Luis Enrique Zela-Koort, ‘The Universe in Yor Eyes’ (2023). Epoxy resin, acrylic paint, pigments, aluminium, acrylic, 18x35x12cm. Photo: Catalina Romero. From ‘Fields of Porosity’, VITRINE, London, October 2023 – January 2024.