• 28 September to 26 October 2017
  • 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Part of the Public Lecture Course. A series of five lectures designed for those who may not have a background in art or art history but who would like to learn more about the history of British art.
  • Paul Mellon Centre

The Public Lecture Course is fully booked however lectures will be livestreamed every Thursday (until 26 October) at 7pm GMT, past lectures will also be available to watch at anytime. Click here to view.


Figure 1.
Britain, South Asia: Entangled Histories ,



The PMC’s third Public Lecture Course will explore the entangled histories of Britain and South Asia through art and visual culture.  It will be convened by Hammad Nasar and Sarah Victoria Turner (Deputy Director, PMC), the co-leaders of the PMC’s new London, Asia project, with lectures by a wide range of expert invited speakers.

The course will take a long view of the cultural relationships between London and South Asia covering topics from the eighteenth century through to the present day. Lectures will include encountering:

  • the East India Company and Visual Culture in Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century London
  • art, craft and colonial display in the nineteenth century through the career of John Lockwood Kipling (subject of a recent exhibition at the V&A)
  • South Asian artists, art schools and the British art scene in the twentieth century
  • The image of South Asian-British relations on screen, from Merchant Ivory to Bollywood
  • contemporary perspectives through the work of artists and curators

No prior art historical knowledge is necessary. Each lecture will be accompanied by a discussion led by the course convenors.

About the speakers

  • Sarah Victoria Turner

    Deputy Director for Research at the Paul Mellon Centre

  • Associate Professor in the History of Art at the University of Warwick

  • Hammad Nasar

    Senior Research Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre

  • Said Adrus is a Visual Artist who has exhibited at numerous galleries around the world.

  • David Alesworth is a Visual Artist, Landscape Consultant, Researcher of Garden History and an Art Educator, who has lived and worked in Karachi and Lahore for more than twenty years.