James Desser (b.1995)


Artist Biography

James Desser approaches his work in different ways, using varying mediums and he is a particularly skilled photographer. A playfulness is often present in Desser’s work that, though thoughtful, can often show a witty and irreverent view on a subject.


James had his first experience of curating last year as co-curator for “Venture Arts presents…” with Tom Emery at the Manchester Contemporary, 2017.


Recent Exhibitions




Other Transmissions: Conversations with Outsider Art, the Whitworth, 14 February – 17 June 2020



Conversations Series II: ‘Other Transmissions’, touring project led by Venture Arts, in partnership with Castlefield Gallery and the Whitworth, 2018


‘Other Transmissions’ Tour:

TATE Exchange Event, TATE Liverpool, 20-24 March, 2019

Artlink, Hull, 29 March – 21 June, 2019

Paradise Works, 28 June, 2019

The University of Salford, New Adelphi Building, 1-31 October, 2019


PERSPECTIVES, Venture Arts, Greater Manchester, October 2018- February 2019


Art Jam, The Lowry, October 2017 – March 18 2018


Techno-colour, The Lowry, September 2016 – February 28 2017