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African-Caribbean, Asian and African Art in Britain Archive Reading Group 2019/20

Shelf of grey archive boxes
Shelf of grey archive boxes
Chelsea College of Arts Library Special Collections and Archives
Written by
Gustavo Grandal Montero
Published date
06 November 2019

This reading group focuses on the African-Caribbean, Asian & African Art in Britain Archive, and other Special Collections at Chelsea College of Arts Library. Now in its fourth year, the group is co-led by library and academic staff, including Gustavo Grandal Montero (Academic Support Librarian), David Dibosa (Reader, course leader MA Curating and Collections), David Cross (Reader), Mary Evans (Course leader, BA Fine Art),  Elizabeth Peebles (Year 3 leader, BA Fine Art), Paul Goodwin (Professor, Director TrAIN)

There will be 8 sessions in 2019/20; readings are taken from the Archive to gain an understanding of the reasons for its establishment, its content, and the significance of primary documentation and its curation in relation to the representation of potentially marginalised groups. Other specialist collections (artists’ books, multiples, ephemera) will also be explored.

The readings represent critical arguments, and relate to important exhibitions, publications and other interventions from the 1970s to date. You will get a chance to learn more about the role of primary source materials and the range of possibilities of research into Black British art and artists from diverse backgrounds working in Britain, with a focus on post-colonial narratives and discourses on race, class and gender in contemporary art.

Open to all UAL students and staff, you will need to read short texts/documents provided and be prepared to join in short readings and group discussions. The reading group welcomes students of any course and any academic level.

First meeting 2019/20 on Wednesday 13th November, 12-2pm, Old Library, Chelsea College of Arts, with David Dibosa and Gustavo Grandal Montero. Text: Gavin Jantjes, South African colouring book.

See  Academic Support Online for updates, or contact  Gustavo Grandal Montero

This is the first of the library reading groups for 2019/20, and more groups will be announced in January.