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UAL Decolonising Arts Institute

Challenging colonial legacies and disrupting ways of seeing, hearing, thinking and making art

The new UAL Decolonising Arts Institute seeks to challenge colonial and imperial legacies and drive social, cultural and institutional change.

We imagine the Institute as a de-centred, disruptive, evolving and porous space. We will create interdisciplinary collaborations and research-driven projects through partnerships across UAL and beyond.

Find out more about what we do and contact us if you'd like to learn more or get involved.

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AHRC Black Artists & Modernism project, David Medalla Study Day. Image: Daniel Day

About us

Find out more about our vision and ambitions for decolonising arts.

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AHRC Black Artists & Modernism project, Speech Acts exhibition opening, Manchester Art Gallery. Image: Andrew Brooks

Projects and partnerships

Explore our upcoming activities, events and opportunities.

Contact us

To find out more about upcoming events and how we can work with you, please get in touch:


Professor susan pui san lok, Institute Director

Clare Pattenden, Institute Manager

Dr Anjalie Dalal-Clayton, Institute Research Fellow

Ashleigh M Barice, Institute Research Assistant


Chelsea College of Arts

D Block, D313

16 John Islip Street






Call for proposals: Decolonising the Archives Research Residency Programme 2020

Decolonising the Archives - a new collaborative initiative at UAL- has announced a call for a series of 9 month research residency opportunities in 2020.


UAL appoints Dr susan pui san lok to lead the Decolonising Arts Institute

UAL has appointed Dr susan pui san lok as Director of the UAL Decolonising Arts Institute and Professor in Contemporary Art.


Sartorial Activism, Human Rights and the Manteros of Barcelona

UAL Decolonising Arts Institute, TrAIN Research Centre at Chelsea and London College of Fashion are pleased to welcome Dr Elisa Joy White (UC Davis) as a Visiting Scholar to UAL.