This five-part lecture course explores the entangled histories of Britain and South Asia through art and visual cultureIt was convened by Hammad Nasar and Sarah Victoria Turner, the co-leaders of the Paul Mellon Centre's London, Asia research project. The course takes 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 collections of the East India Company in eighteenth-century London
  • art, craft and colonial display in the nineteenth century through the career of John Lockwood Kipling
  • 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

Lecture 1:
Introduction

Hammad Nasar and Sarah Victoria Turner.

Introduction to a five-part lecture series by Hammad Nasar and Sarah Victoria Turner. 

Lecture 2:
Art & Empire: the East India Company at home

Rosie Dias.

Rosie Dias (University of Warwick) walks us through the architectural language of India House, the headquarters of the East India Company.

Lecture 3:
Art, Craft and Colonial Display: John Lockwood Kipling

Sandra Kemp (Imperial College / Victoria & Albert Museum) discusses John Lockwood Kipling, curator and collector of the Lahore Museum later first Principle of the Mayo School of Industrial Art (later to be re-named the National College of Art).

Copyright restrictions prevent the publication of the third lecture of this series.

Lecture 4:
Rooting Modernism: Art Schools, Pedagogy and the Bureaucracy of Practice

Hammad Nasar.

Hammad Nasar looks at the role that institutions and bureaucracy have played in shaping South Asian art practice.

Lecture 5:
Contemporary legacies

Said Adrus, David Alesworth and Sophie Ernst.

A focus on artistic practice through the work of Said Adrus, David Alesworth and Sophie Ernst. Said Adrus discusses his project The Pavilion Series, which investigates the site of a burial ground for muslim soldiers who lost their lives while part of the British Indian army in both World Wars. David Alesworth discusses his project Hyde Park, Kashan 1862. Sophie Ernst concludes the panel by considering 'What is Progress?', 'What is Memory?' and 'What is Art?'.