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Black Lives Matter – Part 3

Last week, we set out the Whitworth’s plans and ongoing work to operate as an anti-racist institution. This week we are sharing some resources that we have found useful.

Black Lives Matter – Part 3

Last week, we set out the Whitworth’s plan to foreground our ongoing work to operate as an anti-racist institution. On Monday, we had an all-staff meeting to listen to the many voices in the gallery team and discuss ways to accelerate our work towards implementing the changes to policies and programming that are required for embedded and sustained change. Together, we identified staffing, education, staff-training, the Collections Development Policy and the programme as key areas of focus.

This week we are sharing some resources that we have found useful. This is not an exhaustive list of everything that we are reading, as we are aware that there are many resources being shared at the moment. These are a selection of those that we feel are particularly relevant to an art gallery in Manchester, now.

To Read

Create London report into inequality in the creative industries, 2019

Museums Association report on power and privilege in museums and galleries, 2019

Contemporary Art Society Study Day Report by Dr Anjalie Dalal-Clayton, Imperfect Past, Contested Futures: Working with public collections in the 21st century, Manchester Art Gallery, 2018

Museums Association report reflecting on the Diversify scheme, 2013

A partnership project from eight museums in Manchester examining how Manchester profited from slavery, 2007

On Curating, Issue 35, Decolonising Art Institutions

L’Internationale Online, Decolonising Practices, collection of essays on power, resistance and the critical potential of art.

ROOT-ED ZINE: The self-published zine started by Amber Akaunu and Fauziya Johnson promoting and supporting creative people of colour in North West England.

Museum Detox – Blog

Dr Francesca Sobande, the University of Cardiff on the intersections of race, gender, feminism and popular culture


Eddie Chambers, Black Artists in British Art since 1950. 2014

Eddie Chambers, Things done change: the cultural politics of recent Black artists in Britain. 2011

Lubaina Himid in conversation, A post-slavery reading of cotton, Jessica Hemmings (ed.), Cultural Threads. 2015

Sophie Orlando, British Black Art: Debates on the Western Art History. 2016

David Bailey, Ian Baucom and Sonia Boyce (eds), Shades of Black: Assembling Black arts in 1980s Britain. 2005

Gus John, Moss Side 1981: More than Just a Riot. 2011

Iniva reading list: Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) is an evolving, radical visual arts organisation dedicated to developing an artistic programme that reflects on the social and political impact of globalisation.

To Watch

Dr Dorothy Price lecture at Courtauld Institute reflecting on recent developments in black British art

John Akomfrah, Handsworth Songs, available to view until 21 June 2020

Dr Christine Checinska, Curator of African & African Diaspora Fashion, V&A. Associate Research Fellow, University of Johannesburg, Disobedient Dress: Fashion as Everyday Activism

To Listen

Reni Eddo-Lodge podcast featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racist activity

Somerset House podcast series exploring discourse around black experience and creativity

More Resources

Database showing works in publicly-funded collections by artists of African, Caribbean, Asian and MENA region descent who were born in, lived, worked or studied in the UK

Black Art Research Group

National Caribbean Heritage Museum

National Heritage Centre dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain.

Resource created by Sociologists at The University of Manchester for UK educators to support the decolonisation of the curriculum in British schools.

The University of Manchester research centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity

Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust based at Manchester Central Library.

Manchester BME network

PILAA (Pre-Image Learning And Action): A visual-arts content producing agency and educational consultancy specialising in equality, diversity and inclusion.

Black Women Radicals: A Black feminist advocacy organisation dedicated to uplifting and cultivating black women’s radical political activism.

Image: Althea McNish (1933-2020), Golden Harvest, 1959, screen-printed cotton satin. The Whitworth, The University of Manchester