John Akomfrah in conversation

10 May, 7pm - 8pm

New Art Exchange

Nottingham, UK

Past event

You are invited to the launch of our latest exhibition The Unfinished Conversation by John Akomfrah, a beautiful, moving and multi-layered film about Jamaican-born academic Stuart Hall. 

The piece, commissioned by Autograph ABP, premiered at the 2012 Liverpool Biennial to overwhelming critical acclaim. We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting exhibition at New Art Exchange in Nottingham.

Melanie Kidd, Director of Programmes at New Art Exchange, will lead a conversation with celebrated artist / film-maker John Akomfrah. The release of The Unfinished Conversation marks 30 years since Akomfrah established his artistic practice with the Black Audio Film Collective.

This session will place the piece within the context of AKomfrah's established career, and explore the themes, structures and strategic devises he deploys within The Unfinished Conversation and other seminal works.

Part of the exhibition

John Akomfrah
The Unfinished Conversation

10 May - 14 July 2013

New Art Exchange, Nottingham

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Press acclaim for The Unfinished Conversation

Akomfrah’s film stands out as a work of substance that says important things about what Britain has become over the last half century.

Mark Hudson, The Telegraph

Much more than biopic, Akomfrah juxtaposes archive news footage, readings of William Blake, Dickens and Virginia Woolf and most of all Hall's own voice, to describe the world's tumbling. Hall's thoughts about identity, immigration and selfhood, evolve through a roar of telling images. Akomfrah's film, like the essence of Hall's work, is about the conundrum of being in the world, and is as unexpected as it is brilliant.

Adrian Searle, The Guardian

The Unfinished Conversation' is certainly, in my opinion, the most accomplished of films in the biennial and it is both deeply moving as well as visually beautifully shot and edited

Natalie Parsley, A-N

In partnership with

New Art Exchange, Nottingham

New Art Exchange is a contemporary art gallery committed to stimulating new perspectives on the value of diversity within art and society.


The Unfinished Conversation commissioned by

Autograph ABP


Places for the talk are limited, we advise booking in advance by contacting or +44 (0)115 924 8630

Press contact

For further information, images and interviews, please contact Lois Olmstead at Autograph ABP - phone 020 7720 92200 or email

Project funded by

Grants for Arts, Arts Council England and supported by the Bluecoat, New Art Exchange, Nottngham and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University, Boston and Smoking Dogs Films Production. With kind support from NAXOS Books, The Open University, BBC, Time Images, Getty Images and Paul Gerhardt.

Additional Info

Venue Details
New Art Exchange
39 – 41 Gregory Boulevard
Nottingham NG7 6BE

0115 924 8630

New Art Exchange is fully accessible. To reserve disabled parking bays please call 0115 924 8630

  • John Akomfrah, The Unfinished Conversation, installation at New Art Exchange. Photo by Bartosz Kali
  • Still from John Akomfrah, The Unfinished Conversation