Dr Anjalie Dalal-Clayton
BiographyDr Anjalie Dalal-Clayton is an art historian, focussing on British artists of African and Asian descent. She is based at UAL’s Decolonising Arts Institute, where, as a Research Fellow, she is conducting research on museums, collecting and interpretation practices.
She is a Co-Investigator on the Tate-led project 'Provisional Semantics: Addressing the challenges of representing multiple perspectives within an evolving digitised national collection' (part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s 'Towards a National Collection' programme), which focuses on how museums and heritage organisations can engage in decolonising practices to produce search terms, catalogue entries and interpretations fit for purpose for an evolving digitised national collection (https://www.tate.org.uk/about-us/projects/provisional-semantics).
Prior to joining the Decolonising Arts Institute, she was a researcher on UAL’s 'Black Artists & Modernism' project (http://www.blackartistsmodernism.co.uk/). Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and led by Prof. Sonia Boyce, the project sought to explore and make known the unique contributions that Britain’s black artists have made to the development of modernism in the visual arts. In the project, Dalal-Clayton conducted monographic research of artists including Sonia Boyce, Keith Piper and Tam Joseph, and she also led the first nation-wide audit of works by black artists in UK public collections. The audit informed the BBC documentary 'Whoever Heard of a Black Artist?', which first aired in July 2018 (https://cutt.ly/Vy5RVUN).
Dalal-Clayton completed her PhD at Liverpool John Moores University with a thesis titled 'Coming into View: Black Artists and Exhibition Cultures 1976-2010' (https://cutt.ly/Sy5Twhr), which she is developing into a monograph, 'Curating Black British Art: Exhibition Cultures since the 1980s' (Bloomsbury).
Grants and awards
(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)
- UK Research and Innovation, Provisional Semantics, £25,771.63, (2020-2021)
- Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Curating Black British Art: Exhibition Cultures Since the 1980s, £8,000.00, (2018-2019)
- Dalal-Clayton A. Developing More Representative Art Collections Could Not Be More Urgent (2020)
- Dalal-Clayton A. Sonia Boyce: Beyond Blackness (2019)
- Dalal-Clayton A, Sheldon J. 'A Dissident View': Bluecoat Exhibitions, 1967-2005 (2020)
Conference, Symposium or Workshop item
- Dalal-Clayton A. Why Words Matter: The Impact of Art Museum Interpretation on the Production of Art’s Histories (2020)
- Dalal-Clayton A. Hidden in Plain Sight: Black Artists in Public Collections (2019)
- Dalal-Clayton A. Together We Can Go Far: Black British Artist Collectives and Groups since the 1960s (2019)
- Dalal-Clayton A. Challenging Narratives? The Framing of Black Artists in Afro Modern (2016)
- Dalal-Clayton A. The Black Artists & Modernism 'Black Artists in UK Public Collections' Database (2018)
- Dalal-Clayton A. Coming into View: Black British Artists and Exhibition Cultures, 1976-2010 (2015)
Curation and culture