Black Artists and Modernism
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) awarded UAL £722,000 to fund Black Artists and Modernism, a 3-year research project investigating the artworks of Black-British artists and the works’ relationship to modernism beginning in June 2015.
Black Artists and Modernism is led by the Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) at UAL in partnership with Middlesex University. The term ‘Black-British’ takes its cue from political and cultural debates of the 1980s, where people of African-Caribbean, South-East Asian and East Asian descent identified common experiences of disenfranchisement. Designed to reach a wide audience from students and academics to a more general audience for the arts, BAM will focus its attention on highlighting art-works held in major public collections and key exhibitions that have taken place in the post-war period via an online database and website. The project will look at how these cultural artefacts have been framed within the larger story of 20th century art.
Black Artists and Modernism Project Leader and UAL Chair of Black Art and Design Professor Sonia Boyce said:
"We are delighted to receive this funding award from AHRC. Artists of African and Asian descent have been making art-works in Britain for over a hundred years, but so little is known about their work and how these artists have contributed to the greater story of modern art. The BAM research project will attempt to look at some of the marvellous contributions and create new insights."