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UAL related activities

Alongside the work of the Decolonising Arts Institute, UAL researchers, teaching staff and students lead many more decolonisation projects each year.

They collaborate to explore and reassess the experiences, lives and work of artists, creatives and students of colour. Explore a selection of these wider UAL activities and projects.

Students talking in the library
Studying at the Library Group Zone, Central Saint Martins. Photo: John Sturrock

Black Artists and Modernism

Black Artists and Modernism was a landmark, 3-year research project led by UAL in partnership with Middlesex University. It explored both understated connections and areas of contention between Black British artists’ practice and their art in relation to Modernism.

Brenda Emmanus and UAL Professor Sonia Boyce
BBC Broadcaster Brenda Emmanus and UAL Professor Sonia Boyce on the set of 'Whoever Heard of a Black Artist? Britain’s Hidden Art History' documentary

Decolonising the Curriculum zines

Decolonising the Arts Curriculum is a UAL co-production between Arts Student Union and UAL's Teaching, Learning and Employability Exchange.

The 2 zines were published as part of ongoing work to address disparities in experience and attainment for international students and students of colour.

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Visitors reading students' magazine, Show at Oxo Tower. Image: David Poultney.

Decolonising Wikipedia network

A thriving Decolonising Wikipedia network formed at London College of Communication in 2020 and expanded across UAL in 2021. It supports UAL students and staff to edit Wikipedia through the lenses of anti-racism and decolonisation.

Wide angle view of students sitting at desks on computers amid lots of pot plants
Students using digital facilities at London College of Communication. Photo: Alys Tomlinson

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.

  • People looking at artworks in an exhibition
    Image: Andrew Brooks, AHRC Black Artists & Modernism project, Speech Acts exhibition opening, Manchester Art Gallery. Image: Andrew Brooks
    Event recordings

    Explore our recorded events.