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RPS Awardees in conversation... Rut Blees Luxemburg HonFRPS

Event info

In this on-going series of 'in conversations' hear from leading individuals talk about how they use photography as artists, scientists, educators, publishers and curators. All our speakers are recent RPS Award recipients who have been recognised for their contribution to the medium. They are discussing their work with those who know them and their work.

Rut Blees Luxemburg HonFRPS in conversation with Sophy Rickett

Rut Blees Luxemburg HonFRPS creates evocative images of the urban space and its potential for luminosity.  In the early 1990s, Blees Luxemburg moved to London from Germany to study photography at the London College of Printing, where she was taught by Karen Knorr HonFRPS. Blees Luxemburg had a solo exhibition at Tate Liverpool in 2003, entitled Phantom and in 2007 she produced the public artwork ‘Piccadilly’s Peccadilloes’, an installation for Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport.  In 2016, her large-scale public artwork Silver Forest, using photographic concrete and installed permanently on the façade of Westminster City Council, was unveiled. Her photograph of an illuminated nocturnal London estate has become the iconic cover of The Streets Original Pirate Material.  She will be showing new work as part of the exhibition Midnight Sun at Black Tower Projects, London and her recent work on Ledoux’s luminous panopticon is currently on view at the Arp Museum in Germany.

Blees Luxemburg is presently a Senior Research Fellow and Reader in Urban Aesthetics at the Royal College of Art. She is the founder with fellow artist Sophy Rickett of HI-NOON, an economic prototype set up to enable and support artistic photographic practice.

Sophy Rickett is an artist who works with photography, film and text.  A graduate of the Royal College of Art, solo exhibitions of her work include Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Chateau de Lichtenberg, France; Arnolfini, Bristol; Museum of the History of Science, Oxford.  Group exhibitions include Baltic Mill, UK; Pasquart, Biel/ Bienne, Switzerland; Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Il Museo di Trento, Italy; Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Russia. Her work is held in many private and public collections including UK Government Art Collection; Pompidou Collection, Paris; Federal Reserve, Washington; Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo, Italy, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Publications include The Death of a Beautiful Subject (2016) and The Curious Moaning of Kenfig Burrows (2019) which was shortlisted for the 35th Kraszna Kraus Photography Book Awards in 2020.

She is a Senior Lecturer in Photography at London College of Communication, UAL.

The 'in conversation' will be followed by a public Q+A. Questions will be taken by Zoom chat or can be emailed in advance. Your Zoom link will be sent in PDF with your booking confirmation. 

Please note this talk is not being recorded

All talks and links to recordings (where available) in the series can be seen here:

Event Organiser

Jo Macdonald


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