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WED 29 NOV 2023
Past event

A black and white illustration of two people kissing

Image courtesy Laila Majid and Louis Blue Newby

The Conch is a forum for artists to present work in progress and receive feedback from the audience. 

This edition of The Conch brings together presentations by David Quartey (DQ), Nicolaas van de Lande and artist duo Laila Majid and Louis Blue Newby. This session will explore the role of desire and touch in art practice.


David Quartey (DQ) is a British-Ghanaian engineer and artist from London and Oxford, exploring the holistic role of engineering from his background in medical technology. DQ’s interest in applying speculative research and development in spatial design is combined with art, music and history and draws on his passions, belief and ongoing learnings.

Laila Majid and Louis Blue Newby live and work in London. Recent solo shows include: Beautiful Girls on Top!, The Shop at Sadie Coles HQ, London (2023); SKINFLICKS, Xxijra Hii, London (2022); and not yet, San Mei Gallery, London (2022). Selected group exhibitions include: To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life, Enjoy, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington (2023); Allow Cookies, Kupfer, London (2023); But Not Blue, Collective Ending, London (2022); Sour Persimmons Chasm, Ex Baldessarre, Bedford, curated by Andy Holden (2019), and Hydrangea, Underground Flower, Nakhon Ratchasima (2019). In 2020, they were awarded funding for a video and prints project by the Elephant Trust, and received the OMNI Artist Award (2021). Their moving image work south florida sky was selected for the CIRCA x Dazed Class of 2022, and has been screened at Goldsmiths CCA, London; and Phillida Reid, London.

Nicolaas van de Lande (he/they) is an installation and sculpture artist. His work explores the concept of ontological plasticity, challenging the notion of unchangeable forms. Nicolaas takes everyday objects, often of domestic origin, and transmutes them to obscure their intrinsic purpose. This metamorphosis involves alterations in scale and surface textures while retaining enough of the original form for recognition.

Born in the Netherlands and now based in London, Nicolaas earned an MA in Contemporary Art Practice from the Royal College of Art in 2019. His recent group exhibitions include ‘Home Away From Home’ at House of Annetta (London, 2023) and ‘Survey II,’ a traveling exhibition organized by Jerwood Arts, which was show in Cardiff at ‘g39’ (2021), in London at Jerwood Arts (2022), and in Sheffield at Site Gallery (2022).



  • Event is seated.
  • There is no break out space but participants are welcome to take breaks before and after presentations
  • Room may be dark at times to show presentations.
  • Wheelchair access and disabled toilets are available at this site.
  • Please contact with access requirements.