Every Thursday for five weeks from 28 September to 26 October 2017

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Open to all and free to attend, but enrolment is required

Enrolment opens on 7 August 2017 at 9.30AM

Lecture Room, Paul Mellon Centre

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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

This year's course will run for five lectures and will continue to be held weekly on Thursday evenings starting with an informal reception at 18.30. Lectures will then begin at 19.00 followed by a discussion session until 20.30. No prior art historical knowledge is necessary. Each lecture will be accompanied by a discussion led by the course convenors.

As an educational charity the Paul Mellon Centre strives to promote and support academic research into the history of British Art. The Public Lecture Course, which will be free to attend, offers an exciting opportunity to broaden our audiences and to communicate the newest and most original research on British art in an engaging and accessible way.