June 2021 marks the third anniversary of the launch of the Decolonising the Arts Curriculum: Perspectives on Higher Education zine1.
Co-curated by Rahul Patel, Lucy Panesar, and Hansika Jethnani, the zine was created to bring together diverse perspectives on decolonising the arts curriculum in UK higher education from staff and students across the university. Decolonising the Arts Curriculum: Perspectives on Higher Education zine1 was launched at Central Saint Martins in 2018 and promoted through a series of curated exhibitions across the six UAL colleges.
The decolonising process did not end there however, and staff, the Arts Student Union and students continued to work together to produce the Decolonising the Arts Curriculum: Perspectives on Higher Education zine2. This was co-curated by Rahul Patel, Clare Warner, Hansika Jethnani, Anita Israel, Annie-Marie Akussah and Zina Monteiro, and published in November 2019.
As well as being freely accessible to the public as e-Magazines, the UAL Teaching, Learning & Employability Exchange have printed and disseminated over 17,000 physical copies of the zines over the past three years, which have served as catalysts for further decolonising projects and initiatives across the university and beyond.
Through the Decolonising the Arts Curriculum Zine Anniversary Series 2021, we invite you to join us to hear from key curators and contributors involved in the production of the zines, as well as valued members of the UAL staff and student community who are committed to driving forward decolonising work within their teams, programmes, colleges, among students and artistic practice.
Click on the event links below to find out more about our speakers for each event, and book your places.
Join us to be part of the change.
Omitted & Making Histories Lightning Talks (Part 1)
Thurs 10 June, 1-2pm
This event will explore the making of zine1 and its impact with a panel discussion/Q&A. Introduced by Rahul Patel, followed by presentations from Lucy Panesar, Anita Waithira Israel, Hansika Jethnani, Yasmeen Thantrey, Pinky Latt and Vikki Hill.
Curators Interviews (UAL Library Services)
Tues 15 June, 1-2pm
The zines were launched through a series of exhibitions across UAL’s six Libraries. In the first session, Library Services staff Chris Foreman, Holly Callaghan, Viv Eades-Miller and Gustavo Grandal Montero will discuss their responses to zine1.
Tues 22-Thurs 24 June, 1-1.30pm
In the following three sessions, academics Karl Foster, Maureen Salmon and Mo-Ling Chui will talk about their own personal curations as part of a call to participate in these exhibitions. These sessions will be in conversation with Rahul Patel.
Omitted & Making Histories Lightning Talks (Part 2)
Thurs 29 June, 1-2pm
Frantz Fanon’s seminal publication ‘Black Skins, White Masks’ will be discussed by panellists: Jheni Arboine, Dr Gurnam Singh, Anita Waithira Israel, Dr Amita Nijhawan and Rotimi Akinsete. Q&A facilitated by Rahul Patel.
This series has been organised by Nicola Tagoe, Projects & Resources Lead (AEM & Attainment) and Rahul Patel, Associate Lecturer (PgCert in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Communication; BA/MA Culture, Criticism and Curation I Central Saint Martins), with support from the Teaching, Learning and Employability Exchange.