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Reading collections: African-Caribbean, Asian & African Art in Britain Archive reading group

Pamphlet boxes containing archive material
Pamphlet boxes containing archive material
Pamphlet boxes holding archival material as part of the Special Collections at Chelsea Library.
Written by
Gustavo Grandal Montero
Published date
02 November 2020

Reading collections is the reading group focusing on the African-Caribbean, Asian & African Art in Britain Archive, and other Special Collections at Chelsea College of Arts Library. Now in its fifth year, the group is co-led by library and academic staff, including Gustavo Grandal Montero (Academic Support Librarian), Jheni Arboine (Lead Senior Lecturer Academic Enhancement Model), David Dibosa (Reader, Course leader MA Curating and Collections), Kimathi Donkor (Course leader Camberwell BA Fine Art: Painting), Mary Evans (Course leader Chelsea BA Fine Art), Paul Goodwin (Professor, Director TrAIN), Liz Peebles (Year 3 leader Chelsea BA Fine Art) and Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski (PhD candidate).

There will be 8 online sessions in 2020/21; 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. Digital facsimiles will be used.

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 and be prepared to join in short readings and group discussions, currently online. The reading group welcomes students of any course and any academic level and is bookable through Academic Support Online.


Wednesday 11 November 2020 12-1.30pm
Wednesday 9 December 2020 12-1.30pm
Wednesday 13 January 2021 12-1.30pm
Wednesday 10 February 2021 12-1.30pm
Wednesday 10 March 2021 12-1.30pm
Wednesday 21 April 2021 12-1.30pm
Wednesday 19 May 2021 12-1.30pm
Wednesday 16 June 2021 12-1.30pm