6 February 2020

From De-Colonial to Anti-Colonial: What’s Next for Museum Interpretation? conference 31 March 2020

Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Tuesday 31 March 2020

Conference programmed by Sonya Dyer in collaboration with the Understanding British Portraits network

What do we mean when we talk about decolonisation? Why is it necessary? What specific challenges does portraiture as a genre present? What strategies can museums and galleries put in place to support the process of decolonisation? What is the difference between being de-colonial and anti-colonial?
Dealing with the impact of Britain’s colonial history within the cultural sector is a process – an on-going series of actions and activities that aim to change the way we interpret our complex and contentious history through portraiture. By sharing ideas, strategies and activism, delegates are invited to take part in a day of conversation aimed at inspiring and empowering them to action within their institutions.

More details will be going up on the Barber Institute website soon. 

⇒ Opportunity for film maker – deadline Monday 17 February 2020

The Understanding British Portraits professional network wishes to appoint a film maker for this conference which forms part of the UBP network’s events programme for museum and gallery professionals and researchers in the UK. This is an opportunity to contribute to the planning and delivery of a legacy film which will encapsulate some of the messages and debate at the event, and offer a relevant resource for museum professionals engaging with the process of collection and institutional decolonisation. The role would suit a freelancer with some knowledge of the current conversations around decolonisation in the museum/arts/heritage sectors. Formal study or qualification in this field is not necessary, and we welcome applications from film makers with empathy for the subject matter, who will bring enthusiasm and creativity to the project.

Full details and job description can be found on the Barber Institute website. 

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