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Black British Art and Artists at Morley College London

Black British Art and Artists at Morley College London

Duration: 5 weeks Thursday 11:00 - 13:00

Price: £100

Book with: Morley College London

61 Westminster Bridge Road
Lambeth, London
Greater London

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About the Course

Learn how artists of African and Afro-Caribbean descent, now in major collections both nationally and internationally, have made a major contribution to the cultural landscape of Britain. During these five sessions, with your lecturers Jasmin Bhanji, Dr Leon Wainright, Simrath Panasser and Ali Eisa, you will be looking at, discussing and enjoying art both at Morley and offsite at the Autograph ABT Gallery. You will explore the historical and cultural context of work made by black, British artists in the 20th Century and the critical and social significance of black British art today. Artists include: Sonya Boyce, Ron Moody, Lubaina Himid, Yinka Shonibare, Phoebe Boswell, John Akomfrah, Chris Ofili, Maud Sulter and Sokari Douglas Camp.

Class format and activities
You will learn through Power Point presentations, by looking at reproductions and visiting original artworks offsite, and by small group activities and class discussions. You will also read relevant short articles, statements and watch YouTube case studies with political and activist content.

Week 1 Jasmin Bhanji,
This session will introduce in broad terms the historical context and formation of the British Black Arts Movement in the 1980s. It will introduce you to some key terms, artists and works from the Movement in Britain. We will examine how/if networks and affinities established in the 1980s remain impactful and shape artistic practices in the present.

Weeks 2 & 3 Jasmin Bhanji.
You will look at how artist situate themselves in relation to Art History, the expectations of the times, and the actions of other artists around them. We will examine the engagement with and contestation of Art History as an important theme in artistic and cultural production of Black British Artists. We will also examine some of the rich archival material available for further research and learning. In week 3, you will make a visit offsite to the Tate Gallery to look at relevant art works in situ and to discuss the work and make connections between the art and the ideas we have been exploring in previous sessions

Week 3 Dr Leon Wainwright
Dr Wainwright will talk about the ideas explored in his book Phenomenal Difference - A Philosophy of Black British Art.

Week 4
Morley Gallery manager Simrath Panasser will facilitate a visit to the Autograph ABT Gallery for a tour of the photography archive conducted by Ali Eisa.


In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements
The course is suitable for beginners as well as more knowledgeable students who wish to know more about the work and cultural context of Black British artists.

What you need to know before you enrol
The Morley Art History lecture room B13 is accessible by lift. Two sessions will take place offsite: at the Tate Gallery and the Autograph gallery /photography archive. The first session will meet at Morley.

What you will need for your class
A notepad and paper or laptop for note taking.

What you can do next
Morley College runs a full programme of Art History courses including gallery visits. Type "Art History" into the Morley website to bring up our courses. Next term tutor Jasmin Bhanji will be teaching on VAH144A Modernist Primitivism: The Arrival of African Art to the West and VAH004B Historical and Modern Art.

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Course Start Dates

Thursday 10th October 2019

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for all abilities