Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Tuesday 31 March 2020, 10:00 – 16:45

Programmed by artist and academic Sonya Dyer, part of a series of events by the Understanding British Portraits Network

Join us for a one-day conference exploring the possibilities of decolonial action in the interpretation of museum objects.

What do we mean when we talk about decolonisation? Why is it necessary? What specific challenge does portraiture as a genre present? What strategies can museums and galleries put in place to support the process of decolonisation? What is the difference between being de-colonial and anti-colonial?

Dealing with the impact of Britain’s colonial history within the cultural sector is a process – an on-going series of actions and activities that aim to change the way we interpret our complex and contentious history through portraiture.

By sharing ideas, strategies and activism, delegates are invited to take part in a day of conversation aimed at inspiring and empowering them to action within their institutions.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Anjali Dalal-Clayton, Decolonising Art Institute, University of Arts London
  • Marenka Thompson-Odlum, Pitt Rivers Museum
  • Subhadra Das, UCL Culture
  • Sarah Thomas, Birkbeck, University of London

Download booking form: From De-Colonial to Anti-Colonial conference, 31 March 2020 – booking form

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