As part of Black History Month, all students and staff are invited to the New Art Gallery Walsall for the opening of an exhibition Wanting to Say: Finding a Place in the Past, and the launch of Midlands Art Papers. There will be a short introduction to the exhibition from curators, Dr Greg Salter and Dr Kate Nichols from the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies. This is a great opportunity to view an exhibition featuring art works by black, LGBTQ, Jewish and Irish artists, to explore the incredible collections at the New Art Gallery Walsall, to meet curators from across the region, and to hear more about research in the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies. Wine and refreshments provided.
The School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music has provided 2 coaches, which will leave from outside the Barber Institute at 5.15pm and return at approximately 8:30pm. If you would like to book a place on the coach, please register.
The exhibition title is taken from Eugene Palmer’s Wanting To Say I (1992). In this work, Palmer (born Jamaica 1955) evokes a sense of black selfhood through the histories of movement, slavery, and migration and the steady gaze of the painting’s female subject. The exhibition explores the ways in which artists marginalised by the art world use story-telling, history, and memory to find a place for themselves in the past, featuring works from the nineteenth-century to the present day.
Wanting to Say: Finding a Place in the Past developed out of new research for Midlands Art Papers, a collaborative online journal. Based at the University of Birmingham, Midlands Art Papers works with 11 partner institutions to research and showcase the outstanding public art collections across the region. You can follow us on twitter for updates @MAP_UoB