• 18 July 2017
  • 12:30 – 2:00 pm
  • Seminar Room, Paul Mellon Centre

This paper will introduce Alice's current research project, “Articulating British Asian Art Histories”. This project seeks to document and analyse the contributions made by Asian diaspora artists to British art during the 1980s and 90s. Although many Asian artists identified as ‘Black’ during this 1980s and early ‘90s, the project seeks to consider how the changing understanding of this term has helped and hindered scholars when attempting to articulate British-Asian art histories; although British Asian artists including Said Adrus, Zarina Bhimji, and Chila Burman have been included in recent reassessments of what has become known as the Black Arts Movement (including the exhibition, The Place is Here, Nottingham Contemporary, 2017), arguably the specificities of their Asian identities have yet to be fully addressed.

Throughout the 1980s and 90s group shows such as Numaish Lalit Kala: Indian Arts Festival (1988); Fabled Territories: New Asian Photography in Britain (1989); and The Circular Dance(1992) exhibited work by artists who were addressing themes of race, gender, sexuality and belonging in a variety of ways. Alice will consider these exhibition histories, and will assess their remit, reception and legacies. Did these exhibitions seek to present a coherent artistic and cultural solidarity, or were contradiction and dissonance celebrated? How can the diversity of British-Asian identities and artistic practices found in these exhibitions be unravelled?

The Fellows Lunch Series is a series of free lunchtime research talks given by recipients of Paul Mellon Centre Fellowships. All are welcome but please book a ticket in advance.

Image: Gurminder Sikand, "Woman and Elephant" (watercolour, gouache, and inks) from the cover of the catalogue, "Black Art - Plotting the Course"

About the speaker

  • 7. Alice Correia

    Alice Correia is an independent art historian. Her research examines late twentieth-century British art, with a specific focus on artists of African, Caribbean and South Asian heritage. She has worked at Tate Britain, Government Art Collection and the Universities of Sussex and Salford. She has held fellowships at the Paul Mellon Centre for the Study of British Art and the UAL Decolonising Arts Institute. She is a co-chair of the British Art Network’s Black British Art Research Group and she is the editor of What is Black Art? Writings on African, Asian and Caribbean art in Britain, 1981–1989, Penguin Classics, 2022. With Derek Horton, she curated A Tall Order! Rochdale Art Gallery in the 1980s at Touchstones Rochdale, 2023.