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.

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

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.
Resource 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
Resource 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.
Resource 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. 

Isaac Julien Portrait, 2017. Photo by Thierry Bal
Films 30 Jun 2020

Virtual studio visit with Isaac Julien, 26 June 2020

Julien generously allowed extracts from Lessons of the Hour, 2019 to be shown, one of his most recent projects which focuses on the visionary African American writer, abolitionist and freed slave Frederick Douglass.

Dorothy Cross. Photo Credit Lanka Perren
Films 15 Jun 2020

Virtual Patron studio visit with Dorothy Cross, 12 June 2020

Dorothy showed us some of her most recent work and talked about how living in such a wild location influences her practice.

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