A still from Tora Hed's film Let it land, a photo from a low angle looking up at two dancing figures wearing red tops and navy trousers
Tora Hed, film still from Let it Land, 2021

PANIC! talk with curator Linsey Young

  • Thu 13 Jan
  • 6.30–7.45pm
  • Online
  • Free
Watch live here

Join Linsey Young, Curator of Contemporary British Art, Tate Britain who will share her reflections on a selection of the PANIC! Bursary artworks in an informal panel discussion with the artists.

Linsey will be joined by PANIC! artists Thahmina Begum, alabamathireteen, Kevin Devonport and Abdullah Adekola.

The bursary recipients were commissioned to make new work for an online exhibition that responded to our brief: ‘In our times… new, strange, dark, difficult, challenging, sad, interesting, unforeseen, unimagined…’ This pandemic has changed everyone’s lives and created new experiences, pressures and possibilities.

In this event, we reflect on the artists’ new works, created to help us think through these new psychological, social and cultural conditions.

Find out more about the first round of PANIC Bursary recipients here and the second round here. We recommend exploring the digital presentation of the artists’ work to familiarise yourself with their projects before the event.


Linsey Young has held the position of Curator of British Contemporary Art at Tate Britain, since 2016. In this role she has delivered commissions with artists such as Pablo Bronstein, Rachel Whiteread and Anthea Hamilton and was lead curator of the Turner Prize in 2016 and 2018. Young is currently working on a major exhibition and publication project at Tate Britain exploring the art and the women’s movement in the United Kingdom between 1970 and 1988.

PANIC!, an artist-led network for artists in the Leeds City Region, hosts conversations with artists and curators, one to one crits, artist development and sharing, and is engaged with exploring the entanglements of the axes of power: race, disability, class, gender, sexuality and the complex experiences of situated, self-reflexive diversity among the creative communities of Leeds. We hope to share, activate and action the research that has been done on the role and significance of artist-led and artist-based initiatives in the creation and sustaining of visual arts in cities.

Thahmina Begum lives and works in Beeston, South Leeds. She is a mixed media artist, poet and workshop facilitator. The Colour Palette is a Community Research Project that aims through art making to give voices to Bangladeshi groups and their lived experiences of racism.

alabamathirteen is a disabled, working-class visual artist from Leeds. Largely self- taught, her practice focuses on her own personal limitations exploring, navigating and negotiating memories and senses in the spaces she occupies as a disabled woman.

Kevin Devonport is a self-taught painter, whose artistic practice is centred around still life paintings of contemporary artefacts. He has used this bursary to reflect on the pandemic, which he explores through everyday objects and the Tarot deck, specifically referencing a Tarot card that symbolises re-building.
Abdullah Adekola is a Black British working-class writer and performer. He is interested in decolonisation, as well as alternative and healthy approaches to masculinity and mental ill-health recovery.


  • This event will be hosted on Zoom Webinar. Select ‘online ticket’ on the booking page and you’ll be sent a link to join the live stream on the day of the event.
  • This event will be closed captioned using Zoom‘s automated captioning service. To enable these, please select the green closed captions button at the bottom of your Zoom screen.
  • For further access requirements, please email bella.probyn@yorkshire-contemporary.local.