Visiting artists talks

Group of people in an audience at a talk

Every Monday during term time, we invite arts practitioners from around the world to talk to students and staff in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies about what they do and why they do it. 

In previous years, speakers have included legendary Canadian artist and art educator Garry Neill Kennedy, acclaimed Dutch sound poet Jaap Blonk, Scottish performance artist Cara Tolmie, film maker Rachel MacLean, Tate Britain Director Penelope Curtis, co-founder and director of Auto Italia Kate Cooper, and Director of the Liverpool Biennial Sally Tallant.

Talks take place on Monday afternoons from 2 to 4pm. They are an integral part of our fine art teaching but open to attendees from across the University of Leeds and the general public.

They are an excellent opportunity for all to engage with national and international contemporary artists, curators and other creative arts professionals.

The Visiting Artists’ Talks programme for the current academic year can be found on this page, and you can also see our school events listings for details of upcoming sessions.

For more information about the Visiting Artist’s Talks series, email Cesar Cornejo via

Visiting Artists’ Talks programme for academic year 2023/24

Semester one

Semester two

See previous artists talks on our events listing page.