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.


With artist Tom Emery, James co-curated the exhibition “Venture Arts presents…” at the Manchester Contemporary, 2017, selecting artworks from Venture Arts along with supported studios ActionSpace, London and Project Ability, Glasgow.


In 2018 James was selected as one of three Venture Arts artists to take part in ‘Other Transmissions’, the second in Venture Arts’ ‘Conversations Series’ of collaborative residencies with emerging contemporary artists.


In 2019 he was selected for HOME’s Future 20 Collective, a group of artists aged 18-25 who undertook a 12 month training initiative with HOME in 2019-2020.



Last Place On Earth, HOME, 2020 (online exhibition – can be viewed at any time)

Last Place On Earth is created by HOME’s Future 20 Collective in collaboration with Studio Morison.


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


‘Other Transmissions’ Tour:

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

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 2018


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