Past Events

Black British Artists and Political Activism: 'She is not Bullet Proof'

Lecture Series – Alice Correia, Marlene Smith

  • 9 December 2021
  • 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • You will need to register on Eventbrite to participate in this event.
  • This will be streamed live as a Zoom webinar

This is session six of the Black British Artists and Political Activism series. In this session, Marlene Smith in conversation with Alice Correia will ​attend to Smith's seminal work Good Housekeeping I (1985). They will consider its aesthetic and political implications against the backdrop of racist, and often violent, policing practices that led to the shooting of Deborah 'Cherry' Groce in 1985 and, more recently, became the focus of activisms arising from the Black Lives Matter movement.

The series will run every Thursday from 4 November to 9 December from 18.30 to 20.00. This series will be broadcast live as a Zoom webinar. It will be recorded and published at a later date. Registration through Eventbrite is required.

No prior art historical knowledge is necessary.

Image Credit: Marlene Smith, Good Housekeeping I, 1985

About the speakers

  • 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.

  • Marlene Smith is an artist and curator, and one of the founding members of BLK Art Group.