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Call for contributions: Covid x BLM Index / Cards project

Written by Cat Cooper
Published date 10 August 2020

UAL Decolonising Arts Institute in collaboration with Cultural and Historical Studies at London College of Fashion and Post-Grad Community has begun compiling a selection of resources for use across UAL to support thinking, visualising and enacting resistance in the pandemic – against racism and for social justice. 

They will form an index of writings, recordings, images and voices that amplify the stories of those disproportionately impacted and affected by Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter.

Staff and students are invited to add new material to the draft index, and to browse the resources already there. The project also invites ‘postcards from the pandemic’ via email.

The final index and selected postcards will be published on the Institute pages in the autumn.

Project aims

  • To foreground the voices and views of those less heard and seen
  • To raise consciousness of current and historical social injustices
  • To share resources that can inform and transform teaching and research practices across UAL

Browse or contribute to the index:

The project welcomes a wide range of resources, including: articles, books, interviews, journals, open letters, podcasts, social media and websites, talks, zines, film and TV.

You can view the existing resources and directly add your own contributions to the shared document which is hosted on Sharepoint. The document is accessible across UAL and can be viewed and edited by anyone with a UAL login (staff and students).

Please see the guidance on the first page and add your recommended material directly to the document under the relevant heading.

Submit a postcard:

The project is also collecting responses with any combination of moving or still images, text, and/or sound (up to one minute).

Please see the guidance on page one of the Covid X BLM Index / Cards (Word 1.2MB) document for details of how to submit your postcard.

The Decolonising Arts Institute

UAL Decolonising Arts Institute has been in development since 2018 and is currently in pilot phase. Over the past year, the focus has been on setting up the Institute and developing projects and partnerships. The Institute is conceived as a porous and collaborative practice and research-driven space, with a handful of Research Fellows and Associates focused on artistic, art historical, curatorial, museological and pedagogic practice and research, from postcolonial and decolonial intersectional feminist perspectives.

Image: "Black Lives Matter march Denver 6.8.2020" by Log Home Finishing licensed under CC0 1.0