dean kenning



Thursday 5 Oct exhibition opening and Book Launch - continuing until 21 October 2023

Thinking is Making: Objects in a Space - Standpoint Gallery

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award, 'Thinking is Making: Objects’ in a Space assembles voices of leading figures of contemporary British sculpture as they examine the relationship between the object and its maker within this mediated field. Join us as we launch this new publication, alongside an exhibition of limited edition lithographs and sculpture from the 2013 to 2023 award winners: Lee Holden, Rosie Edwards, Dean Kenning, Olivia Bax, Anna Reading, Frances Richardson, Beth Collar, Megan Broadmeadow, Kate Lyddon and Iain Hales.


29 Sept - 17 Nov 2023

HYPER-DEFLATION. Dean Kenning & Rosie McGinn at Division of Labour


23 July 2023, 4 - 6pm

Drawing on graphic work produced as part of the Capital Drawing Group, I will be speaking about Marx's concepts of time, value, money and commodity fetishism for the event Talking Time at TACO!, organised by the Alternative School of Economics


from July 2023

Prints avalibale to buy from Matt's Gallery


12 May 2023

Poor Things Book Launch and Discussion at Fruitmarket


4 March - 21 May 2023

POOR THINGS at Fruitmarket, Edinburgh.

An exhibition of sculptures brought together by artists Emma Hart and Dean Kenning that investigates how art can speak to and broaden class experiences and understandings. With Linda Aloysius, Eric Bainbridge, Jonathan Baldock, Simeon Barclay, Joseph Buckley, Beagles & Ramsay, Chila Burman, Andrew Cooper, Jamie Cooper, Penny Goring, Brian Griffiths, Emma Hart, Lee Holden, Josie KO, Dean Kenning, Rosie McGinn, Rebecca Moss, Janette Parris, Anne Ryan, Aled Simons, Laura Yuile.

Watch the Poor Things Video


Dec 2022

'Transcend Logical Forms' – Thoughts on diagramming for the Contemporary British Drawing website


10 Nov - 2 Dec 2022


Collaboration with John Timberlake

Posthuman Aesthetics Symposium (9 November)


30 Sept 2022, 6.30 - 8.30pm


Matts Gallery


May/June 2022

'Creaturely Connections. A Conversation with Dean Kenning'by Jillian Knipe, Sculpture Magazine, May/June 2022


March 2022

My kinetic sound sculpture The Origin of Life has been acquired by the Arts Council Collection


19 March - 23 Apr 2022

EVOLUTIONARY LOVE goes to the final venue of its Mark Tanner Sculpture Award exhibition tour: Cross Lane Projects in Kendal

Watch a video of the exhibition here

Read Anthony Ellis' review of the exhibition here


13 Nov 2021 - 19 Feb 2022

Evolutionary Love expands and moves to Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre as part of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award exhibition tour.


30 Oct 2021

Vitalist Aesthetics: Dean Kenning in Conversation with Lindsay Seers

ICA, 3pm. Free Event, booking required. (Follow link above).

Now available to listen to here


30 Sept 2021

My essay 'Exploratory Diagramming and Diagram Theory: Greimas, Peirce and Chatelet' has been published in the Journal of Visual Art Practice, Vol 20, special issue: Demands of the Diagram


17 Sept - 30 Oct 2021

EVOLUTIONARY LOVE at Standpoint Gallery. A solo exhibition of new work produced for the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award (2020-21).

Private View 16th September from 6pm.


25 June 2021

'Exploratory Diagramming' - a public talk at the Transart Institute. For info and to book for the online talk go HERE


24 May 2021

I'm talking about J.M. Coetzee's novel The Childhood of Jesus for the Art Fictions Podcast with Jillian Knipe


14 March 2021

I'm in conversation with Emma Cousin for her podcast Chats in Lockdown: Artists Talking

Click here to listen to our conversation


25 Feb 2021

'Diagrams, Art & the Occult' - a conversation with Andy Sharp on Repeater Radio. In conjunction with the launch of The Repeater Book of the Occult.


16 Oct - 12 Nov 2020

Flat Time House - The Delta (Δ) Research Placement

The Diagram Research Group (DRG), a collaboration between artists David Burrows, John Cussans, Dean Kenning and Mary Yacoob, will conduct four illustrated discussions online that explore their interests in diagrams in relation to Flat Time and Latham’s ideas concerning the unification of scientific and artistic bodies of knowledge and the primacy of time and event (rather than space and matter).

Events will be released every Friday HERE


10 Oct - 28 Nov 2020

I have new kinetic work in The Soft Display at Paradise Works, Salford. Curated by Division of Labour

Artists: Dean Kenning, Kieran Leach, Liam Fallon, Jeremy Hutchison, Priscila Fernandes, Harrison Pearce, Maisie Pritchard, Tiz Creel, Rosie McGinn, Katrina Cowling, Andrew Lacon, Priscila Fernades, Harminder Judge, Richard Dean Hughes


Aug 2020

I have written a Foreword for The English Heretic Collection: Ritual Histories. Magickal Geography by Andy Sharp. Out now from Repeater Books


29 May 2020

Covid-19 Timeline and Social Physical Distance Proximity Diagrams for the Journal of Visual Culture & Harun Farocki Institut


6 May 2020

I HAVE WON THE 2020-21 Mark Tanner Sculpture Award :)

I will be making new work towards an exhibiton at Standpoint in 2021 followed by a National Touring Programme


26 Sept - 4 Dec 2019

We Are Publication presents The HOLD. A group exhibition at Stanley Picker Gallery


24 Sept 2019

I have made a kinetic sculpture for the Matt's Gallery 40th Anniversary Fundraiser Auction


5 Sept - 10 Nov 2019

The Capital Drawing Group (Andrew Cooper, Enda Deburca, Dean Kenning, John Russell) participate in the 2019 Bergen Assembly: Actually the Dead Are Not Dead

In Conversation with Simon Sheikh 1.15pm Saturday 7 Sept, Bergen Kjøtt / Slakt


Sunday 18 August 2019, 7 - 10pm

An illustrated talk on 'Marx and Money' for Marx, Metal, Money - Enda Deburka and Dean Kenning

Part of the contribution of the Capital Drawing Group to the Bergen Assembly.

Belgin, Rasmus-Meyers allé 3, 5015 Bergen. Free Admission


Friday 9 August 2019, 5.30 - 7pm

Vitalism and the Machine - an artist talk at SVA

Part of the Art, Ecology and Science Fiction Talks series oraganised by Invisible College Stroud and introduced by Dr John Cussans.



22 July - 19 August 2019

Sick Monday at the Horse Hospital

Preview and Poster Launch: Monday 22 July, 6pm

DVD Launch and Screening Party: Monday 19 August, 6 - 9pm

New video works by: Antoine Catala, Sophie Carapetian, Dean Kenning, Beagles & Ramsay, Lee Holden & Josephine Wood, John Russell, David Burrows, Vanessa Scully, Birgit Ludwig, Anita Delaney, Noor Afshan Mirza & Brad Butler, A.K Bindesbøll & Ava Fersi, Laure Provoust, Ada Wesolowska, Ben Rivers, Jason File, Liam Scully and Paul McCarthy.

Sick Monday is curated by Dean Kenning, Liam Scully and Vanessa Scully. It is supported by Arts Council England.


8 - 30 June 2019

Psychobotanical - a solo exhibition at Matt's Gallery

Preview: Friday 7 June

Read John Roberts' exhibition essay HERE

Read the Garageland review of the exhibition HERE

Read the ThisIsTomorrow review of the exhibition HERE


13 May 2019

Diagramming Research - Dean Kenning and Mara Ambrozic

Moderated by Geoff Cox

2 - 4pm. University of Plymouth, Roland Levinsky Building. Details HERE


4 May 2019

Diagramming Politics - a live drawing lecture, mapping out a political landscape that has witnessed the rise of authoritarian populism in an era of neoliberal crisis.

This event also includes John Cussans' lecture Cannibal Metaphysics/BC Time-Slip (Part 2) Further details and tickets for the talk can be found at the SPACE website HERE. This event is part of Morphologies of Invisible Agent


27 April 2019

'Dean Kenning's Stuck Machines' with Emma Hart

For the final weekend of my exhibition The Origin of Life at Beaconsfield Gallery I will be in conversation with the artist Emma Hart about my kinetic sculptures. Details HERE


26 April - 18 May 2019

The Social Morphologies Research Group (art and anthroplogy diagrammers) will be exhibiting new individual and collaborative works for the exhibition Morphologies of Invisible Agents at SPACE. The exhibition will also include a series of talks, discussions and workshops over the 3 weeks (see link for details)

PV: Friday 2 May 6pm


21 April 2019

Simon Tyszko interviews me about my kinetic sound installationThe Origin of Life at Beaconsfield Gallery for his Isotopica radio show on Resonance FM. Available here on Mixcloud


6 April 2019

The Capital Drawing Group (Enda Deburca, Andrew Cooper, Dean Kenning, John Russell) will give an introduction to their project and activites at the Introduction Days to the Bergen Assembly 2019


20 Mar - 28 April 2019

The Origin of Life - A solo exhibition at Beaconsfield. 22 Newport St, London SE11 6AY

Preview: Friday 22 March 6-8pm


5 Mar 2019

My article 'What We Do and What is Done to Us: Teaching Art as Culture' has been published in a special edition of Arts journal on Changing Pedagogies in the Art College. The article is open access and available here


1 Mar 2019

I will be doing a live drawing lecture entitled Diagramming Politics as part of Making Representaitons exhibition and symposium at the Phoenix, Brighton.

Bill Leslie, Eleanor Suess, Charlotte Warne Thomas, Katie McCallum, Felicity Hammond and Dean Kenning


18 Jan - 1 Mar 2019

My video Meltdown Economics is included in the exhibition P is for Portrait at the Art House, University of Worcester. Curated by Nat Pitt (Division of Labour).

John Ahearn & Rigoberto Torres, Céline Berger, Luke Burton, Chudamani Clowes, Francesca Currie, Jemma Egan, José Fiol, Louise Giovanelli, Jasleen Kaur, Ana Kazaroff, Peter Kennard, Dean Kenning, Nevan LaHart, Cedar Lewisohn, Andrew Mania, The Artist Taxi Driver, Joe Fletcher Orr, Sally Payen, Yelena Popova, John M Robinson, Luke Routledge, Amaal Said, Jo Spence, Gavin Wade, Clare Woods, Rafal Zar


17 Dec 2018

The final installment of the three part Sick Monday programme will premiere at Close-Up cinema with a screening of Damon Packard's 2002 film Reflections of Evil along with newly commissioned video shorts by Jason File, Paul McCarthy, Laura Prouvost, Ben Rivers, Liam Scully and Ada Wesolowska. Curated by Liam Scully.

Sick Monday is curated by Dean Kenning, Liam Scully and Vanessa Scully


15 Nov 2018

I'll be at the Daiwa Foundation to interview the artist Tsuyoshi Anzai about his kinetic sculptures


15 Nov 2018

There will be a second London screening of Street Trash, from the Sick Monday programme at Deptford Cinema. New video works by Beagles & Ramsay, Antoine Catala, Sophie Carapetian, Lee Holden & Josephine Wood, Dean Kenning and John Russell and a screening of James Muro's classic 80s melt movie. Buy tickets via this link


10 Nov 2018

I will be speaking at The Showroom on a panel for the launch of Regeneration Songs: Sounds of Investment and Loss from East London, edited by: Alberto Duman, Dan Hancox, Malcolm James and Anna Minton

My illustrated short satirical story The Zone is included in the book published by Repeater Books


1 - 4 Nov 2018

I will give a talk 'Life on Marx' and show the video work Meltdown Economics and a kinetic sculpture Untitled (Rubber Plants) as part of Fuast Fest in Turin. Details here


29 Oct 2018

The second installment of the three part Sick Monday programme will premiere at Close-Up cinema with a screening of Society, curated by Vanessa Scully. Sick Monday is curated by Dean Kenning, Liam Scully and Vanessa Scully


21 Sept 2018

I will give a paper on 'Metallurgy of the Subject' for the Diagrams of Revolution panel at the Association of Social Anthropologists 2018 conference at the University of Oxford


29 Aug 2018

I'll be giving a paper 'Exploratory Diagrams' for the Felt Knowledges panel at the Royal Geographical Society's Annual Conference in Cardiff


3 Aug 2018

My paper 'Art World Strategies: Neoliberalism and the Politics of Professional Practice in Fine Art Education' is published in the Journal of Visual Art Practice and avaliable open access here:


6 June 2018

Metallurgy of the Subject, a live diagramming performance followed by a discussion around collectivist modes of political subjectivity, drawing on JL Nancy's The Inoperative Community. For Partial Versions at Goldsmiths College


4 June 2018

Sick Monday presents: Street Trash, CCA Glasgow.

New video works by Beagles & Ramsay, Antoine Catala, Sophie Carapetian, Lee Holden & Josephine Wood, Dean Kenning and John Russell and a screening of James Muro's classic 80s melt movie.


25 May 2018

I'll be speaking at the symposium 'In Your Own Time: On the Production of Body and Time Under Capitalism' at Central St Martins. All welcome.


13 May - 19 May 2018

I have a billboard up on Hoxton Street for Mustafa Halusi Posters project


27 April 2018, 5 - 7pm

'Digging Out a Space of Difference (Using a Can of Worms)'. Andrew Cooper, director of the Portman Gallery in conversation with Dean Kenning.


26 March 2018

Sick Monday presents Street Trash at Genesis Cinema, Mile End (from 6pm). With new video works by Beagles & Ramsay, Antoine Catala, Sophie Carapetian, Lee Holden & Josephine Wood, Dean Kenning and John Russell and a screening of James Muro's classic 80s melt movie.

Street Trash is curated by Dean Kenning, the first in a series of screenings for Sick Monday. Sick Monday is curated by Dean Kenning, Liam Scully and Vanessa Scully


17 March - 15 April 2018

Where It Was - a solo exhibition at Piper Keys, 58a Artillary Lane. Opens Friday 16 March, 6 - 9pm.

I will be in discussion with NIna Power on Saturday 31 March, 3 - 5pm.

Hosted by Raven Row


11 Nov 2017

I'll be speaking on a panel for the UK launch of The Lost Diagrams of Walter Benjamin (MA Biblioteque) at the Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, London


2 Nov 2017 - 2 Dec 2017

I'm showing art work related to art education in the group exhibition Work Work at Tintype


19 Oct 2017 - 22 March 2018

Posters made by the Capital Drawing Group (Andrew Cooper, Enda Deburka, Dean Kenning, John Russell) will be on view at Chapter Thirteen, Glasgow as part of 'Let's Get Together and Call Ourselves an Institution'


7 Oct 2017

I will be showing kinetic sound works and doing a kinetic sculpture talk at Guest, Ghost, Host: Machine! The 2017 Serpentine Marathon at City Hall. It will be braodcast live on Serpentine Radio

Audio track HERE


29 Sept 2017

Dialogue of the Dead. A performance for Janusware at Res. Part of Deptford X


14 - 15 Sept 2017

I will give a paper entitiled 'Art World Strategies. Neoliberalism and the Rise of Professional Practice in Fine Art
Education' in strand C of the Paradox Biennial Conference hosted by University of the Arts London at Conway Hall


July 2017

My Diagram of Walter Benjamin has been published in the collection The Lost Diagrams of Walter Banjamin, published by MA Biblioteque. Book launch at Miss Read: Berlin Art Book Festival, 14 - 16 July


29 June - 11 Aug 2017

I am showing two works in the EXO EMO group exhibition at Greene Naftali, New York


3 June 2017

I will be speaking on economics and the arts at Culture & Crisis in Portugal at Birkbeck College


16 - 23 May 2017

The Social Body Mind Maps at the Stanley Picker Gallery. An exhibition of riso prints with Kingston BA Fine Art students following a Social Body Mind Mapping workshop


6 May 2017

I will be speaking at the Conference: 'We Need to Talk About This... Illusion of Separation Between Us' at the Institute of Education, UCL


28 April 2017

'Diagramming Political Philosophy'. A performative presentation at Please Specify! International Conference on Artistic Research, Helsinki


21 April 2017

Opening of Luxury Complex: Reposession at Five Years. Lisa Craddock/Mark Hulson/Dean Kenning/Andy Sharp


20 March 2017

Unlimited Imprint #3, Representation. I have two drawings in this issue which can be downloaded for printing HERE


20 March 2017

'Liberal Gestures or Cultural Democracy?' Talk for History of Art and Design Symposium 2017: Experience or Interpretation in the Age of the ‘Activist’ Museum, Bath Spa University


17 March 2017

Publication launch: CIC Intertashional #4, Blast, Florijn 36, Amsterdam


23 Feb - 3 March 2017

Exhibition: The Enemies Project, Museum of the Futures, Surbiton


28 Jan - 18 March 2017

Exhibition: New & Recent Acquisitions, Grundy Art Gallery


29 Nov 2016

I'm participating at Words of Art conference, Wimbledon College of Art, 2 - 5.30pm


25 Nov 2016

I'll be giving a talk at radical reThink at Chelsea College of Art, Banquesting Hall. 10 - 15.30pm


18 Nov 2016

I am interviewed as part of Q-Arts new book 'Professional Practice: 20 Questions'. Book launch 18 Nov at Hauser & Wirth, London 6 - 8pm


7 August 2016

I'll be doing a skype converation following a screening of my film Metallurgy of the Subject for the Utopian Cinema series at Christiania, Copenhagen


25 June 2016

I'll be speaking at Transitions Out of Art School Symposium. Glasgow School of Art, organised by Q-Arts


April 2016

Here is a coversation I had with Jenna Collins about her work The Grand Alliance at Quick Millions


17 March 2016

'Reflections on the Work of Albert Hunt - Within the Art School and Without'. Conference - Bradford School of Art


3 - 4 Dec 2015

Newcastle University Fine Art Auction


3 Oct 2015

Panel talk for Why Boycott the Zabludowicz Collection at Mayday Rooms. Organised by BDZ.


4 Sept - 2 Oct 2015

I'MTen exhibition and online auction for the tenth anniversary of IMT gallery.


20 - 23 August 2015

Plague of Diagrams at the ICA - Exhibition and 4 Day programme of events Curated by David Burrows and Dean

Kenning with DRUGG.

Audio podcast of Symposium available here. You can now see a video of the exhibition


23 May 2015

Symposium - 'Play Sense: Talking', Gerald Moore Gallery.

Matthew Cornford, Annie Davey, Ralph Dorey, Dean Kenning, Tara Page, Florian Roithmayr.


1 - 31 May 2015

Unannounced Acts of Publicness - ten artworks on ten days in May on Granary Sqaure.

Curated by AIR with Dean Kenning. See #unannouncedacts.

UPDATE: Full details of the ten Unannounced Acts of Publicness with responses are now

available HERE. Also read the review in the July-August Art Monthly


7 - 29 March 2015

Luxury Complex: Remembering Satan. A new project, degenerating over four weekends, with

Marc Hulson, Lisa Craddock and Andy Sharp at Five Years. UPDATE: New website


Ocotber 2014

Cover artwork for Benjamin Noys' new book Malign Velocities, published by Zero Books


6 Sept - 5 Oct 2014

I am showing new work at the MKH Biennale in Halberstadt


August 2014

Value: a Visualisation. Part One will be screening at Supernormal Festival


3 July 2014

I will give a talk 'Assessment for Learning as a cybernetic model of teaching' at the opening of

Natural Continuum, Portman Gallery. From 6pm


21 June 2014

I'll be chairing a discussion at The Showroom for the launch of Five Years: Fragments


20 June 2014

Keynote speaker for Conversation. Art PhD Symposium, Dept of Art at Reading University


12 June 2014

'Collaborators & Conspirators'. A talk at Here in Archway symposium, CSM


2 May - 7 June 2014

I am showing two works in the Pigs, Dog & Monkeyfestos group exhibition, AirSpaceGallery


16 January 2014

I'll be talking about 'Psycho Houses' in the writings of Freud, Jung and Benjamin.

Symposium for the exhibition The Psychotropic House at Guest Projects


Jan 2014

I have written an introduction to John Beck & Matthew Cornford's new book The Art School and

the Culture Shed, published with the Centre for Useless Splendour at Kingston University.

Available to buy at Q-Arts and selcted art book shops. Reviews see June Art Monthly and here.


Dec 2013

A very nice write up of my work by Antoine Catala in 'Artist's Favourites' for Spike art magazine


27 Nov 2013

Art Education Forum begins again. Check blog for future dates.


23 Nov 2013

I will be speaking at the Anti-Academy symposium on radical art education models.

John Hansard Gallery


29 Oct - 7 Dec 2013

Woodcut Disco at Wild West Active Space, Maastricht. An exhibition of new work with Kate Janes


19 Oct - 3 Nov

Capital Drawing Group (Andrew Cooper, Enda Deburca, Dean Kenning, John Russell) showing

posters in the exhibition To The Reader at BAK, Utrecht.


27 Sept - 19 October

My new work The Sleepwalkers is on show at Enclave in the exhibition The Starseed Transmission.


27 Sept 2013

Book Launch at Whitechapel Gallery

Reclaim the Mural is out now. Written as part of The Work in Progress, from our project with the

Whitechapel Gallery. With an introduction by Owen Hatherley, photos by Laura Liverani.


9 Sept 2013

Podcast of September's Art Monthly Resonance FM radio interview is now available here.

Myself and Margareta Kern talking about art and neoliberalism


Sept 2013

'Which Side is Art On?' article co-written with Margareta Kern for Art Monthly.


Sept 2013

'What Schools Can Offer Art: Towards an Avant-Gardist Conception of Gallery Education' published

in Visual Culture in Britain. (From research commissioned by Tate Learning)


21 Aug - 21 Sept 2013

Print Shift, On Site Projects, Dundee.

Shazia Ahmed, Chris Biddlecombe, DUO, Dean Kenning, Chad McCail


10 - 12 July 2013

I'll be speaking after a screening of Metallurgy of the Subject at the Film-Philosophy Conference,

Amsterdam. Details of paper here


6 - 28 July 2013

I will be showing a new kinetic sound sculpture at:

Wendel! Open Your Door, Cafe Gallery Projects. Curated by the Woodmill.


20 June 2013

I will chair a discussion at Sarah Cole's exhibition Tribe, Peckham Space.


4 June 2013

A talk at Ink Now: Posters, Collectives and Art at CASS, London Met


6 - 8 May 2013

I will give a paper at the 6th International Critical Theory Conference of Rome,

'The Contradictions of Critical Art Discourse within Institutions of Cultural Capital Accumulation'


1 - 26 May 2013

Capital (Andrew Cooper, Enda Deburka, Dean Kenning, John Russell). Xero, Kline & Coma

OPENING 1st May.


27 April 2013

Prospects for Growth screening at Weekend Other World, Goldsmiths College.


25 April 2013

I'll be speaking about the 'critical art school' at What's the Point of Art School: Speed Dating, CSM

8 Dec 2012

Towards an Avant-Gardist Conception of Gallery Education

Conference at Tate Modern organised in collaboration with Dean Kenning

UPDATE: Recording of the conference is now available:

Part 1: Dean Kenning, Anna Cutler, Harold Offeh with Henry Ward & Welling School

Part 2: Nicholas Addison, Andrew Cooper, Natasha Kidd & Jo Addison, Sarah Cole, Pat Thomson

My paper is available here


6 - 14 Dec 2012

Poster Production at Portman Gallery, Morpeth School. Curated by Dean Kenning


23 Nov 2012

Performance at CIRCA Projects: Double Dip Depression


13 Nov 2012

Education: Not Knowing. A public discussion based on Artist Placement Group's discusrsive format.

Raven Row


13 Oct 2012

Screening of new video Prospects For Growth. Bath Masonic Hall

English Heretic AGM 2012 - Miracle of the sun and moon