This portal contains hundreds of references arranged along subject, themes and media in eight bibliographies. It provides access to materials on anti-racist, postcolonial and decolonising art histories and is meant for anyone conducting research in those areas in art history or in visual or spatial culture. It is also meant to support academics in making meaningful change in their departments, their teaching and their research.
The very best artistic and cultural work embraces inclusion and diversity, tapping into the true potential of our nation’s artistic and cultural talent. We want arts and cultural organisations to fully reflect the communities they serve, and have partnered with The Clear Company to develop this toolkit, which will help foster inclusive workplaces and support you in recruiting and retaining diverse talent.
Are organisations doing more than posting a 'black square'? In May 2021, Inc Arts sent out a survey to 100 Arts Council England (ACE) National Portfolio organisations (NPOs), and the 16 organisations directly funded by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). These organisations were committed to public displays of diversity, more diverse programming, and ethnically diverse appointments to boards. However, there was little change in the ethnic diversity of wider staff.
Arts Against Racism – Create, don’t Discriminate
We are shaping a national anti-racist strategy for arts and culture and we're inviting you to join us. We are developing reporting mechanisms, codes of conduct, a way to celebrate best practice, and more.
We're a network for people of colour who work in museums, galleries, libraries, archives, and the heritage sector. Museum Detox champions fair representation and the inclusion of cultural, intellectual, and creative contributions from POCs. We challenge and work to deconstruct systems of inequality that exist to enable a sector where the workforce and audience is reflective of the UK’s 21st century population.
NBAA works across art forms to create productions that challenge perceptions of Black culture and that celebrate the many dimensions of Black heritage. NBAA aims to respond to and initiate work without prejudice and with due regard to geography, origin, gender, age, marital and economic status, sexual orientation, disability, education, cultural heritage and background.
RESHAPE is a research and development project that brings together arts organisations from the Europe and the South Mediterranean to jointly create innovative organisational models and reflect on concrete answers to crucial challenges related to the production, distribution and presentation of contemporary art practices. The aim of RESHAPE is to imagine an alternative to the European arts ecosystem by rethinking its instruments and collaborative models, placing them in line with artistic and social innovation and the principles of fairness, solidarity, geographic balance and sustainability.
Decolonising the curriculumThe article argues that art history teaching lags behind other disciplines in incorporating art by black and ethnic minorities in the curriculum. Topics covered include the initiatives of museums, curators, critics and theorists in addressing the imbalance of representation, the contribution of cultural theorists and art historians to the scholarship to expand and challenge received notions of art history, and racialised schism within art history and academia.
Decolonising the canonThe article explores an interdisciplinary approach to deconstructing the racist canon underlying art-historical curricula in the western world. It analyzes the influence of colonialism on the creation of art-historical curricula. The lack of imagination and collaboration with artists has been blamed for the failure to show the intercultural connections of a postcolonial artwork in Great Britain. Also discussed is the intention to establish British art education in the Indian subcontinent.
BLK Art Group Research ProjectThe Blk Art Group Research Project was set up by former ‘Blk Art Group’ members Claudette Johnson, Marlene Smith and Keith Piper in 2011. Taking a renewed examination of the archives and historical legacies of ‘The Blk Art Group’ (1979-1984) as it’s starting point, this project exists to promote debate, enquiry, scholarship and understanding of what has become known as the British 'Black Art Movement ’ of the 1980’s.
Decolonising Research and Teaching Methodologies: A "Ninth Moment" Symphony of Artist-Educator-Researcher VoicesIn an era of globalisation, positivist research methodologies and voices are privileged and funded over those of qualitative researchers. This has led to narrowing beliefs about what constitutes knowledge, and about the ways in which knowledge is constructed and evaluated, impacting upon the conduct, funding and reporting of arts research, and also upon curricular content and pedagogical practices in arts education in schools and universities. Focusing upon the practices of four contemporary arts practitioners in postcolonial contexts this paper seeks to decolonise and re-map concepts of place, history, power and authority. The authors disrupt singular narratives of place and history through their use of socially engaged, performative and democratising arts practice as research. Using “little stories” to re-map the hidden histories of place the authors contest notions of certainty of knowledge in the arts, research and in their work as educators.