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British South-Asian Visual Art Post Cool Britannia

New for 2020–21

This research group has been set up by Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London and responds to the comparative invisibility of British South-Asian artists. The impetus to establish this group was the result of anti-racism and decolonizing discussions between academics, artists and students in the College’s painting studios.

We aim to build a network that recognises the diversity of practice of British South-Asian visual artists, academics, and curators, and emanates from local and national art schools and museums. Inclusivity is at the core of this group. All events will be designed so that they are accessible, welcoming and safe spaces for all.

The group will facilitate a series of open discussions (online and in person) with British South-Asian visual artists exploring the role and presence of British and Asian identities within their practice. We aim for discussions to be intergenerational so that ideas of British Asian identity are explored across the work of 2nd and 3rd generation British Asian artists. This group embraces and celebrates the ‘artists voice’ and recognises the positionality of gender, class, faith and sexuality. We welcome differing narratives, challenging clichés and creating new dialogues.

This group is led by Raksha Patel (Lecturer, Camberwell College of Arts) with Daniel Sturgis (UAL Professor in Painting).

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