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Black Art and the Burden of Representation, 20 October 2022

14 September 2022

Image of sculptures by Veronica Ryan


This event is one in a series of 15 BAN supported seminars for 2022.

The recent commissions of Black artists to create public artworks which celebrate and highlight the Windrush Generation and wider aspect of British/Caribbean history signal a key moment for representation in the public realm. At a time when existing monuments have come under scrutiny, new ones are being erected to reset civic acknowledgement of past political failures. Taking a cue from Kobena Mercer’s 1990 essay Black art and the Burden of representation, this seminar will serve as a starting point for unpacking questions and ideas surrounding the representation of the Black community in public sculptures. By facilitating conversation with commissioners, curators, art historians and artists, the seminar acts as the first step to interrogating recent large-scale investments in public artwork, ensuring that actions taken by local and central governments and institutions alike are considered rather than reactive.

Organised by Marie Bak Mortensen & Leanne Petersen, Create London.


Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Elizabeth Robles – Researcher and lecturer in contemporary art in the History of Art Department at the University of Bristol.

Eleanor Pinfield – Head of Art on the Underground in London.

Emma Underhill – Founder and Director of UP Projects


The meeting planned for 14 September has been RESCHEDULED for 20 October 2022, please see booking details here.


Image: Custard Apple (Annonaceae), Breadfruit (Moraceae) and Soursop (Annonaceae), 2021 by Veronica Ryan



14 September 2022


The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
16 Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3JA United Kingdom
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