Sally Shaw in conversation with James Dodds and Simon Carter


Sally Shaw in conversation with James Dodds and Simon Carter

Friday 17 February 2023 | 7:00 pm

Artists James Dodds and Simon Carter discuss the influence East Anglia has had on their lives and work with Firstsite’s Director, Sally Shaw MBE.

Exploring the inspirations of their local area, the panel will chat about the landscapes and art history, along with the radical political history and people of this unique region.

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion with these key figures in the regional art and cultural sector – discover more about their lives and experiences, the flourishing creative community in East Anglia and how art and creativity can build resilience and help the region recover and thrive.


Our talks and events help raise vital funds for Firstsite

This talk is a fundraising event for Firstsite – profits from this event will help us continue to support and provide a platform for local artists and creatives. Your ticket can help art continue to thrive in East Anglia.



More about the speakers:


James Dodds

James Dodds (b.1957) is a British artist. His paintings and prints are inspired by boats and boat building. After being apprenticed as a shipwright in Maldon, Essex, he studied at Colchester School of Art, Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. His work follows the coastal variations of the simple workboat.


Simon Carter

Simon Carter is an artist and curator who was born in Chelmsford, Essex in 1961. He studied at Colchester Institute (1980–81) and then North East London Polytechnic (1981–84).

In 2013 he collaborated with artist Robert Priseman to form the artist led group Contemporary British Painting and then the ‘East Contemporary Art Collection’, the first dedicated collection of contemporary art for the East of England which is housed at the University of Suffolk, Ipswich.

Carter is President of Colchester Art Society and has been Artist-in-residence at the University of Essex and Firstsite, Colchester.


Sally Shaw MBE

Sally Shaw has been Director at Firstsite since April 2016.  She was previously Head of Programme at Modern Art Oxford. Sally has a specialist background in commissioning and public art and was Deputy Head of Culture for the Mayor of London and Senior Curator for London Underground.


During the first Covid-19 lockdown Sally devised the innovative artist-led activity packs ‘Art is where the home is’ which featured artists including Grayson Perry, Vanley Burke and Sarah Lucas. The packs have now received over 100,000 downloads. She has also spearheaded Firstsite’s Holiday Fun programme, providing fun free days out full of art, movement and nutritious meals to families

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Friday 17 February 2023 | 7:00 pm

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