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Black Lives Matter protest in London, Sunday, July 12, 2020. AP
Resource 12 Jun 2020

Black Lives Matter – Resources for Arts Professionals

A set of resources that address the decolonisation of public collections in the UK and around the world.

Harold Offeh, Reading the Realness, 2017. Performed at Tintype Gallery with six students from Kingston University. Image courtesy: the artist and Tintype Gallery. Photo: Jo Addison
Doing the Work 12 Aug 2021

Doing the Work: Rethinking ‘Engagement’, 6 July 2021

Part of ‘Doing the Work’, an online CPD workshop series co-produced by the Contemporary Art Society and the Decolonising Arts Institute (University of the Arts London). Read more. This workshop focuses on the practices and ethics…

Rina Banerjee, 'In turmeric Yellow, another world apart from ours, bathed in humans as resources, natural riches seated in natures warm throne, golden and delicious, encrusted in sugary plants and rambunctious animals waited, watched when small factories tired in the business of making money could not make me a mango' (2020). Acquired by the Contemporary Art Society for The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.
Doing the Work 29 Jun 2021

Doing the Work: Collecting Practices and Acquisition Strategies, 26 May 2021

Part of ‘Doing the Work’, an online CPD workshop series co-produced by the Contemporary Art Society and the Decolonising Arts Institute (University of the Arts London). Read more. This workshop focuses on how anti-racism…

Interpreting artworks
Doing the Work 18 May 2021

Doing the Work: Interpreting Artworks, 27 April 2021

Part of ‘Doing the Work’, an online CPD workshop series for curators co-produced by the Contemporary Art Society and the Decolonising Arts Institute (University of the Arts London). Read more. This workshop focuses on interpretation practices in…

Children are Place-Makers
Films 16 Apr 2021

CAS Consultancy Talk: Children are Place-Makers, 1 April 2021

Presented as part of the new 2021 Cambridge Festival, Children are Place-makers is a discussion about the work of ArtScapers, a children-centric programme exploring the North West Cambridge Development through the lens…

Agnes Denes, 'Wheatfield – A Confrontation', 1982
Films

CAS Consultancy Talk – Commemoration and Confrontation: Memorials as Political Acts

Who decides what goes on a plinth and for how long? What tactics can be employed to commemorate alternate histories? Representation of under-represented people and their stories is considered alongside issues of temporality and ‘permanence’ in a 24/7 online world.

Matthew Krishanu, Corvus, 2019. Installation view at The Stuart Hall Library, Iniva, London, 2019. Photograph by George Torode.
Doing the Work 31 Mar 2021

Doing the Work: Documenting Collections, 24 March 2021

The act of cataloguing an artwork has a huge impact on its status in a collection, however very few resources are given to this area of museum work and it has yet to become the subject of serious and sustained scrutiny in efforts to decolonise museums and root out racist museal practices.

Sonia Boyce, Six Acts, 2018, performance documentation at Manchester Art Gallery. Courtesy: the artist and Manchester Art Gallery; performer: Lasana Shabazz; photograph: Andrew Brooks
Doing the Work 16 Mar 2021

Doing the Work: Interventionist Practices, 24 February 2021

Part of ‘Doing the Work’, an online CPD workshop series for curators co-produced by the Contemporary Art Society and the Decolonising Arts Institute (University of the Arts London). Read more. This workshop considered the…

Claudette Johnson, Standing Figure, 2017. Acquired by the CAS for Rugby Art Gallery and Museum through the Rapid Response Fund, 2020. Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London. Photo: Andy Keate.
Doing the Work 2 Feb 2021

Doing the Work – Curation and Display: The Stories We Tell, the Knowledge We Produce, 20 January 2021

This first workshop in our Doing the Work series focused on curation and display in museums and galleries

Cover image composite
Films 13 Nov 2020

CAS Consultancy Webinar: Reclaiming the High Street, 11 November 2020

CAS CONSULTANCY: CULTURE MATTERS Webinars exploring the evolving role of art and culture in the public realm   This webinar examines how vacant high street space might be repurposed to…

Rosalind Nashashibi outside The National Gallery, © The National Gallery, London
Films 25 Sep 2020

Virtual Studio Visit at The National Gallery, with Artist-in-Residence Rosalind Nashashibi and Curator Priyesh Mistry, 22 September 2020

Held at the National Gallery, this in-conversation took place between the artist Rosalind Nashashibi and Priyesh Mistry,  Assistant Curator of Modern & Contemporary Projects at the museum.

John Akomfrah at his London studio, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery, London
Films 10 Sep 2020

Virtual studio visit with John Akomfrah, 10 September 2020

John Akomfrah discusses his upcoming show at Lisson Gallery, the events of 2020 including the BLM movement and the climate emergency, and the importance of museums to remain ethical above all else. 

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