New book “The Art of Dissent: London’s Olympic State” launch + opening of the exhibition “The Landscape of Dissent: London 2012 and the transformation of the East End”

Dear Friends & Colleagues:

Opening Day today and the Book Launch for The Art of Dissent: London’s Olympic State happens from 2-5 pm at Chisenhale Gallery.

The book contains

If you’re not in London- it’s all online: and the pictures of my work “Postcards from NoWhere” LEN2008 are attached here below.  Limited edition American Apparel T-Shirts, Postcards and Pennants available very soon!

If you are in London- hope to see you there!


Leigh Niland

Chisenhale Open Research

The Landscape of Dissent: London 2012 and the transformation of the East End

Saturday 16th June 2012, 2-5pm

As part of the Chisenhale’s OPEN RESEARCH series we organise a panel discussion bringing together researchers and practitioners to critically explore the ways in which the Olympics are transforming the economic, social, political and physical landscape of East London.

Chaired by Mike Raco, Professor of Urban and Regional Governance, The Bartlett, UCL, speakers include, Anna Minton, author of Ground Control: Fear and Happiness in the twenty-first-century city, Paul Watt, Senior Lecturer Urban Studies, Birkbeck, Alberto Duman, artist and lecturer, Middlesex University and Laura Oldfield Ford, artist and writer.

Thanks to Urban Geography Research Group for their support.


Wickcentrics, by Leigh Niland

I am sorry this info got lost in my email. Now it’s long overdue, however I thought it was well worth mentioning. My apologies to Leigh Niland and Iain for this mishap.


March 2010

“Wickcentrics was a portrait project about a certain place at a certain time- Hackney Wick and it’s community on the verge of disappearance. The portrait sitters came to sit for one three hour sitting in a building (The Eton Mission) slated for demolition.  The subjects were a sampling of who’s who in Hackney Wick: Those set to be displaced by land development, a Wick Ward councillor, and artists, musicians and writers living in or making work about the area.  The resultant body of work was a collection of photographic, painted and drawn portraits exhibited on the walls of the Eton Mission.”

Leigh Niland

“[…] a  painting which I painted of him [Iain Sinclair] when he came for a portrait sitting last May. […]”

Painting by Leigh Niland, reproduced with kind permission by the Author