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Launch Event: Thursday 10 January 5.30pm in the Canteen Annexe

Exhibition: From 4 – 31 January in the Library

After a successful launch at CSM and month-long programme at LCC, the Decolonising the Arts Curriculum Zine is coming to Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts from November to January.

Content from the Zine will be displayed in the Chelsea College of Arts library in January, alongside exhibitions guest curated by staff and students. Film screenings will also take place in the Chelsea lecture theatre during January – details to be announced.

A series of lunch time book talks by staff and students will discuss titles that have been influential in their thinking about decolonisation and related ideas. The talks will be held in the Library between 1-2pm through the duration of the exhibition, and will lead to the production of an annotated bibliography of all the books discussed. Confirmed speakers will include:

* Thursday 24 January 1pm with Michael Asbury (Reader in Fine Art)

Email Gustavo Grandal Montero to get involved: g.grandal-montero@chelsea.arts.ac.uk

The colleges are already engaged in a range of other activities which could be seen to be assisting a process of decolonisation, so the Zine are working with them to promote these for wider dissemination and to co-design additional activities open to all students and staff. If are interested in getting involved please contact: DecolonisingtheArtsCurriculumZine@arts.ac.uk


Currently on show:

Rasheed Araeen’s work is on show until 14 December 2018 at the Chelsea Space in a joint exhibition with Peter Fillingham. Rasheed Araeen is quoted on page 26 of the Zine:

‘One shouldn’t perhaps look at the art education institutions alone for the answers, as they are only parts of the art establishment at large. The knowledge which is passed on to art students is actually the knowledge received from the art establishment (i.e., art galleries, museums, art publications, etc.) generated by its recognition and signification of art activity. And since this recognition has not been given to black artists, even when some of them have been on the forefront of new developments in contemporary visual arts, they have remained, along with their contributions, invisible’ (National Conference On Art and Design through Education, 1981).

Past events:

The first meeting for 2018/19 of the Reading Collections: the African-Caribbean, Asian and African Art in Britain Archive reading group, was held at Chelsea College of the Arts Library on 15 November. Find images here.

For more information about the African-Caribbean, Asian and African Art in Britain Archive, held at Chelsea College of Arts Library, see: https://www.arts.ac.uk/students/library-services/special-collections-and-archives/chelsea-collections-and-archives

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