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Projects

The UAL Decolonising Arts Institute works on collaborative projects in arts and education across UAL and beyond, seeking to drive and support cultural and institutional change.

Our projects have grown out of dialogues and partnerships, including with artists, researchers and other higher education institutions.

Gallery with placards made out of magazines
Sonia Boyce, Devotional Wallpaper and Placards, 2008-2020. Acquired by the Contemporary Art Society for the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) through the Rapid Response Fund, 2020.

Highlights

Decolonising Archives – Research Residencies

2020/21: This programme explores institutional histories, memories and experimental approaches to decolonising UAL from within.

Old black and white photograph of a rally
C.L.R James speaking at a rally in Trafalgar Square in 1935

COVID x Black Lives Matter Index

2020: This project is a collaboration with Cultural and Historical Studies at London College of Fashion and UAL Post-Grad Community.

Staff and students contributed to an ongoing index of research and teaching resources that amplify the voices and views of those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter.

3 young girls marching with placards
"Black Lives Matter march Denver 6.8.2020" by Log Home Finishing licensed under CC0 1.0

Decolonising British Art – Seminar Series

2020: A series of 4 events exploring recent and historical exhibition practices and curatorial strategies for decentering, resituating and reviewing artworks and collections.

Gallery with placards made out of magazines
Sonia Boyce, Devotional Wallpaper and Placards, 2008-2020. Acquired by the Contemporary Art Society for the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) through the Rapid Response Fund, 2020.

Decolonising Museums – Workshop Series

2021: The Contemporary Art Society (CAS) has committed to making the decolonising of museums the central focus of its seminar programme for museum professionals.

Working in partnership, we are co-developing a year-long programme of workshops led by Dr Anjalie Dalal-Clayton to support people working in and with museums to embed anti-racism and decolonisation in museum practices.

Photograph of a projected screen in a gallery space
Keith Piper, Surveillance: Tagging the Other, 1991. Acquired by the Contemporary Art Society for the New Art Gallery Walsall through the Rapid Response Fund, 2020. Photographer: Ilona Zielinska.

More to explore

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    Credit: Image: Daniel Day Image: Daniel Day, AHRC Black Artists and 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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    Image: Andrew Brooks, AHRC Black Artists & Modernism project, Speech Acts exhibition opening, Manchester Art Gallery. Image: Andrew Brooks
    Events

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