Talks programme

Contraption: After Telford and Brown (Carriage, Plough, Boat, and Harrow) | David Bethell | 2017 | performance | commissioned by: Meadow Arts | image: Glen Stoker

Manchester Art Gallery
June – October 2018

Re-sight is a programme of public talks at Manchester Art Gallery discussing the commissioning, production and presentation of film and video within a visual arts context. Featuring renowned artists, academics and commissioners from across the UK, the programme will contextualise Mark Devereux Projects’ represented artist David Bethell’s own artistic research developing his skills within script writing and working with actors.

As part of the project, David Bethell will undertake a month-long residency in Norfolk and receive tailored mentoring from artist Len Horsey, Producer Bren O’Callaghan and the Mark Devereux Projects team to support the creation of a new performative video work, which will be presented in October 2018 (venues and dates TBA).

Re-sight is funded by Arts Council England, supported by Manchester Art Gallery and produced / curated by Mark Devereux Projects. David Bethell is represented by Mark Devereux Projects.

For further information about the Re-sight talks programme please contact us.

Programme information
Venue: Manchester Art Gallery Lecture Theatre, Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3JL
Times: 6-7pm
Tickets: free (booking required via Eventbrite links – see below)

Image: Contraption: After Telford and Brown (Carriage, Plough, Boat, and Harrow) | David Bethell | 2017 | performance | commissioned by: Meadow Arts | image: Glen Stoker

Thursday 28 June
Hetain Patel | artist
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Hetain Patel is a visual artist and performance maker. In recent years, Patel has done Bruce Lee impersonations on stage at the Royal Opera House, completed commissions for Tate Modern and Sadler’s Wells, London, made a working class Transformer robot from an old Ford Fiesta (with his dad), designed part of a mini golf course for the Venice Biennale, toured his live performance, TEN, internationally (in English and French), made his first dance company work for Candoco, and was invited to do a TED talk which has since had over 2.5 million hits.

Patel is interested in connecting marginalised identities with the mainstream in an effort to destabilise notions of authenticity and promote personal freedom. With an autobiographical starting point he uses humour and the languages of popular culture to highlight familiarity within the exotic, recognition within the unknown. This often involves exploring fantasy through a DIY domestic lens.

Working collaboratively with artists across disciplines, and with family members and non professionals, Patel enjoys working across multiple languages, culturally and artistically.

Patel is represented by Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai, and is a New Wave Associate at Sadler’s Wells, London. For further information please visit:

Image: Hetain Patel courtesy of Martin Godwin.
Steven Bode

Thursday 19 July
Steven Bode | Director Film and Video Umbrella, London
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Steven Bode is Director of Film and Video Umbrella, a London-based agency who are Britain’s primary commissioners of artists’ film and video. During his time with the organisation (which spans from 1990 to the present), he has initiated and overseen well over 150 different projects, including major new works from internationally-acclaimed artists such as Isaac Julien, Gillian Wearing, Jane & Louise Wilson, Mark Leckey, Johan Grimonprez, Duncan Campbell, Tacita Dean and Ed Atkins. Alongside this commissioning activity, he has also curated a number of group exhibitions, including, most recently, ‘Somewhere Becoming Sea’ for Hull UK City of Culture, 2017. He has written extensively about video, film and contemporary art for several publications, and has contributed essays to many artists’ monographs.

Image: Steven Bode

Thursday 20 September
Gail Pickering | artist and Programme Director MA Artists Film & Moving Image at Goldsmiths University of London
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Gail Pickering’s work in moving image, performance and installation explores the malleability of time and presence, reflecting on our fragmentary relationship to history and society. Pickering develops multi-layered montages from a range of sources which are variously staged and rewritten through mimicry, polyphony and voice, ultimately addressing how we encounter images through, and despite of, the medium of the screen.

Pickering’s work has been shown widely including major solo exhibitions at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, (2014-15) and Centre d’art Contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson, Paris, (2014), and was included in the 58th London Film Festival; Assembly A Survey of British Artists Film and Video, Tate Britain; the British Art Show 7, Hayward Gallery. Gail Pickering lives and works in London. For further information please visit

Image: Gail Pickering, Near Real Time, 2015. Three-channel video installation. © Gail Pickering 2015. Courtesy of the Artist and BALTIC.

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