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OVADA Art Talks – Saad Qureshi

23 June 2020 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm BST


We are so excited to announce the Artist Saad Qureshi is joining us as the next guest in our online OVADA Art Talk series.


As part of our ongoing series of informal weekday morning talks, we invite professionals working in the creative industries to talk about their projects and contemporary practices. The series provides insights into specific cross-disciplinary areas of the arts and culture sector. The talks are held online via  ‘ZOOM‘ – a widely used video communication platform.


Art Journalist Romina Provenzi will this week be joined by Artist and Sculptor Saad Qureshi to discuss his fascinating work. Saad Qureshi’s practice draws on the ineffability of lived experience: the processes by which we interpret objects and landscapes, and how memory itself processes them over time. His sculptures give form to the ideas or stories by which we give meaning to human existence.


“Qureshi has created his own uncanny world of apparently ‘real’ things that confound the apparent logics of time, space, scale and material. Through his great technical virtuosity… he presents us with his own special world of unconstrained imaginative potential and invites us to participate on our own terms.” Martin Kemp, Professor of Art History at Oxford University


Saad Qureshi – Biography

2010: The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. MFA, Painting

2007: Oxford Brookes University. BA Fine Art


Saad Qureshi has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Solo shows include Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Gazelli Art House in London and the Aicon Gallery in New York. Group exhibitions include the Venice Biennale 2015, Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Royal British Society of Sculptors, the Barbican, Patrick Heide CA, Red Mansion Foundation, Modern Art Oxford, White Project Gallery (Paris), Centrale Montemartini (Rome), and the Museum voor Moderne Kunst (Arnhem).


Public commissions include those for Oxford Brookes University, Oxford and Victoria, London. His work can be found in public collections such as the Leeds City Art Gallery; Dipti Mathur Collection, California; The Farjam Foundation Collection, Dubai; the Creative Cities Collection, Beijing; the Al Markhiya Gallery, Qatar; the Bagri Foundation, London; the Boston Consulting Group, as well as in other private collections.


Selected prizes: Arts Council England Research Award, AHRC Postgraduate Award, the Red Mansion Foundation Prize, and the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award. Residencies include the BBC2 ‘School of Saatchi’ (London) and the International Art Zone, (Beijing).

He features in 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow(Thames & Hudson, 2019).


Tuesday 23rd June, 11am

The duration of the talk will last approx. 30 minutes, and the following 10 minutes for questions.

Cost: £3

We are introducing a small charge to attend the talks series.

All of the proceeds from this event will be used to fundraise for OVADA during this challenging time. 

Note: If you cannot attend the live talk, it will be recorded and available to purchase and you can then watch at a time more convenient for you.


This event ‘OVADA Art Talks’ is part of a series of talks programmed by Art writer Romina Provenzi.


23 June 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm BST
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