Open Talks: Merlin James

Artist Merlin James on what he calls an 'anti-manifesto for painting'.

As well as a painter, James is a writer on art and occasional curator, concentrating mostly on 20th century. James talks about the relationship between the contemporary and the continuum of history, and discusses the problem of value judgments in a time of art inflation, creative free-fall, and the mass marketing of art education.


Merlin James is a painter, living in Glasgow. James' solo shows include: Venice Biennale 2007 (Wales Pavilion); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 2012; Parasol Unit, London, 2013; Kunst-Werke, Berlin 2013; Kunstverein Freiburg 2014. James has written widely on art, and a collection of his art criticism has been published by Modern Art Press, London.

Open Talks

Open Talks is a series of talks conceived by the South London Gallery (SLG) and Camberwell College of Arts. Open-talks together with related publications and displays, offer an alternative curriculum that synthesises the current interests and research focus of both institutions. International speakers are invited whose practice and research is seen as groundbreaking and of particular contemporary resonance.

Speakers present an exhibition display at the Clore Studio and the SLG work with Camberwell students on a publication and talk.