Stuart Hall Foundation Third Annual Public Conversation: Resistance

Saturday 8 February 2020

The Third Annual Stuart Hall Foundation Public Conversation takes place at London’s Conway Hall, from 1pm - 4.30pm on Saturday 8th February.

Join the Stuart Hall Foundation’s growing community of artists, students, academics, cultural activists and engaged citizens as they consider this year’s theme of Resistance in the context of present social and political upheavals across the globe.

Pursuing this question through multiple lenses, the afternoon will be a chance for discussion and will be punctuated with interventions and perspectives from a new generation of artists, scholars and cultural activists.

The afternoon will be introduced by the Stuart Hall Foundation’s new Director Ruth Borthwick, who will welcome special guests that include journalist and author Jack Shenker, multidisciplinary artist and designer Bahia Shehab, investigative journalist Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi and jazz pianist and composer Nikki Yeoh, with more speakers to be announced soon.

Event takes place 1pm - 4.30pm

Doors open 12.45pm


Bahia Shehab is a multidisciplinary artist, designer and art historian. She is Professor of design and founder of the graphic design program at The American University in Cairo. Her artwork is concerned with identity and preserving cultural heritage. Through investigating Islamic art history, she reinterprets contemporary Arab politics, feminist discourse and social issues. Her work has been on display in exhibitions, galleries and streets internationally. The documentary ‘Nefertiti’s Daughters’ featuring her street artwork during the Egyptian uprising was released in 2015. Her work has received a number of international recognitions and awards some of which include the BBC 100 Women list (2013), a TED Senior fellowship (2016), and a Prince Claus Award (2016). She is the first Arab woman to receive the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. Her publications include ‘A Thousand Times NO: The Visual History of Lam-Alif’ (Khatt2010), ‘At The Corner of a Dream’ (Gingko Library 2019) and a co-authored book ‘A Historyof Arab Graphic Design’ (AUC Press 2020).

Jack Shenker is a journalist and author based in London and Cairo, who writes about politics and protest. His stories have won several international awards, and been translated into many languages. Formerly Egypt correspondent for the Guardian newspaper, his work has also covered Gaza, Africa, Central Asia, the US and the UK, and been published in a wide range of newspapers and magazines around the world including Granta, the London Review of Books and the New York Times, as well as being adapted into films by the BBC. In 2016 his first book, ‘The Egyptians: A Radical Story’, was published by Allen Lane and Penguin to critical acclaim. In 2018, Jack was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political journalism. His new book - ‘Now We Have Your Attention’ - a journey into Britain’s ongoing political chaos from below - was published by The Bodley Head and Vintage Books in late 2019.

Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi is an independent investigative journalist. Her work has been twice shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for political writing and her reporting (as part of a UK-wide investigation on the treatment of migrant women fleeing domestic violence) won a Refugee Council award and a Write to End Violence Against Women award. She has written for a range of publications over the course of her career including the Guardian, the Washington Post, the New Statesman, the Independent, and Prospect magazine. She co-edits ‘Shine A Light’, an award-winning investigative journalism and storytelling project, which publishes on, and is writer-in-residence at Lacuna, a human rights magazine. Rebecca sits on the Women’s Budget Group Gender Commission and is a trustee of the Orwell Youth Prize. She has written, produced and presented the Migrants’ Law Project podcast, It Can Be Done. Rebecca was appointed the 2020 Stuart Hall Fellow at Sussex University.

Nikki Yeoh is a creative free spirit who, although deeply rooted in the language of improvisation, is open to a range of music that leans as much to populism as it does high art. Since her emergence on the British jazz scene in the mid 90s pianist Nikki has proved to be an improviser, composer and all-round adventurer who has continually sought to broaden her musical horizons. Accomplished soloist as she is Nikki has also excelled as a composer; this is borne out by the number of very significant commissions. Among the most notable recent works, ‘Suite Of Seven Tunes’ based on the seven deadly sins, for the internationally renowned reeds virtuoso, John Sunman. ‘River Spirit’, which was written for The Oxford New College Boys Choir following a commission from Oxford Contemporary Music. In April 2017 Nikki received The Jazz FM Instrumentalist of the Year Award sponsored by Rathbones.