Frank Davis Memorial Lecture

‘Dreaming has a Share in History’: Thinking Around Black British Art

Speaker: Dorothy Price - Director, Centre for Black Humanities, University of Bristol


This lecture will reflect on recent developments in Black British Art with a focus on the work of Lubaina Himid and other artists of her generation. Over the course of a career spanning several decades, Himid has produced an extraordinary body of work in a variety of media in which the primacy of painting has remained to the fore. The use of colour, installation and collage in a re-address to history, to art history, to monuments, to time, to memory and to visibility, amongst other themes, are central to Himid’s practices as an artist; a practice in which she wrests painting from its traditional function as an instrument for white western canon formation and re-deploys it in a dialogical relation to its origins. Such a Benjaminian concept of history – as a constellation between past, present and future in which re-interrogating the past in the present might produce the conditions for change in the future – is one of the enduring qualities of her artistic practice and will be explored further in this lecture as part of a wider reflection on the remapping of the boundaries of British art and diasporic engagements with legacies of modernism.

6:30pm, 15 Oct 2018

Monday 15th October 2018, 6.30pm - 7.30pm

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London