Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series

The Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1989 by the F M Kirby Foundation, in honour of Frank Davis, a critic for Country Life Magazine.

drawing of a black woman wearing a blue dress i Claudette Johnson, Figure in blue, 2018, Pastels and gouache on paper, 163 x 133 cm. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © Claudette Johnson. Image courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens, London. Photo: Andy Keate.

The Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series is one of two annual distinguished lecture series at The Courtauld. This series was established in 1989, as a result of a bequest from the F.M. Kirby Foundation, in honour of Frank Davis, who was a critic for Country Life magazine. The bequest has allowed The Courtauld to invite internationally renowned scholars to come to the institute to speak about their work in a public forum.

Upcoming Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series

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Black British Art: Histories, Presence, Futures

An early member of the BLK Art Group, a trailblazing figure in the Black British art movement and a pioneer of Black feminist art, Claudette Johnson (b. 1959) is one of the most significant figurative artists of her generation. Coinciding with Claude...

Past Frank Davis Memorial Lecture Series

Fuseli and the Graphic Body

Coinciding with the major exhibition Fuseli and the Modern Woman: Fashion, Fantasy, Fetishism (The Courtauld Gallery, 14 October 2022 – 8 January 2023), the 2022 Frank Davis lectures offer a platform for new perspectives on one of the most original a...

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Exiles and Émigrés

Exiles and Émigrés explores the ways art and art practices relate to issues of homeland, exile, diasporic identity, the ‘post-colonial’, the ‘decolonial’, critical thinking about performance, exhibiting, and museum displays. We are proud to be inviti...

Artists reinterpretation of 'The Great Plague' after COVID-19

Asian Art after Quarantine

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020, there has been a surge in racist attacks against Asian and Asian diasporic people across the globe; from everyday microaggressions to the recent mass shootings in Atlanta, USA, in March 2021....

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The Arts of Pre-Colonial Africa

The 2019 Frank Davis Memorial Series invites four distinguished speakers to share new research in African art before the continent-wide colonialisation of the nineteenth century. Looking at the African material on its own terms rather than in light o...

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Art History Decentered/Recentered

The 2018 Frank Davis Memorial Series invited four distinguished speakers to share research that addressed visual and material witnesses to colonialism, migration, and indigeneity. With lectures that ranged between the fifteenth century and the presen...

Frank Davis Memorial Lectures