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Materials Speak Dharma Taylor

Talk Part of the Furniture with Dharma Taylor and Kaia Charles

09 Feb 2024
  • Venue

    Stuart Hall Library

  • Date

    Friday 9 February 2024

  • Time

    5:30 - 7:30pm

  • RSVP

    Free but booking is essential!

  • Artists

    Dharma Taylor

    Kaia Charles

Join us for an in-conversation with Dharma Taylor and Kaia Charles where she’ll be sharing her journey as the sixth Stuart Hall Library artist in residence, making connections between readings, research, and networks and how it entangles design.

Continuing her response on the residency to Stuart Hall’s paper ‘Constituting an archive’ (2001), Dharma will reflect on what the ‘living archive’ means to her now and how she will take her findings into the future development of her practice.

This talk is part of the Stuart Hall Library Artist Residency, a funded research opportunity initiated by Stuart Hall Foundation and iniva.


If you have any access requirements, please email us in advance at info@iniva.org and we will do our best to accommodate. 


Dharma Taylor is a multidisciplinary designer and maker with a background specialising in menswear and textiles. She graduated from Rochester University for the creative arts with a BA in Fashion Design and the London College of Fashion with an MA in Menswear. She has developed her practice and explored working with new material, Dharma’s way of combining textiles with woodwork produces works of great beauty and deceptive simplicity. Over the past few years through research-based projects, she has sought to observe aspects of the society and systems in which we exist. Inspired by diverse sources, from technology and poetry to ancient civilisations and cultural plurality.

Kaia Charles is a Cultural projects commissioner and curator whose work is rooted in contemporary art practice. Charles has commissioned projects that explore urbanism, digital and cross-cultural visual culture. Before joining Greenwich Peninsula’s cultural team in 2014, she worked with the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Contemporary Programmes section, curating a variety of arts commissions. Charles co-curates NOW Gallery, including the Future Space Award and Human Stories exhibition strands, featuring artists such as Hattie Stewart, Sarah Shakeel, Manjit Thapp, Stephen Tayo and Joy Yamusangie.

Image: Research materials from Dharma Taylor, 2023