31 March 2021
Image: See Red Women’s Workshop, Black Women Do Not Be Intimidated, 1977.
In October 2020 we opened a call for papers for an upcoming Research Event Series. We are delighted to now announce the online series, Grassroots: Artmaking and Political Struggle, which will take place across three days on 29 April, 13 May and 3 June. These events will explore relationships between art, activism and political organising in Britain during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Taking place across six panels over three days, speakers will take a number of different approaches to thinking about how artworks and visual culture both interrelate with, and have acted as, catalysts for social change. Papers include ‘Responding to Women and Creativity’ by Catherine Grant, ‘The Status and Future(s) of Queer Photography in Britain in the Eighties’ by Flora Dunster, ‘Power in Numbers: Black Artistic Networks and Collectives since the 1960s’ by Anjalie Dalal-Clayton and many more.
The 1970s and 1980s have been the subject of increasing art-historical attention and reassessment, especially in relation to feminist, decolonial, antiracist and LGBTQ creative practices and critical approaches. Led in particular by histories of Black British art, scholars have developed close contextual readings of exhibitions and art objects from this period in order to attend to form, medium and affect, while consistently articulating how these interact with socio-cultural processes. Using feminist, decolonial and queer theoretical approaches, the speakers in Grassroots will address how intersections between art making and political struggle in Britain during these decades transformed culture in ways that continue to resonate with the contemporary moment.