Art and Existence: African and Asian Diaspora Explored Talks

Calypso Musical 1948

Calypso Musical 1948 (c) V&A

A new set of Thursday afternoon informal talks at the Victoria & Albert Museum, led by external practitioners and specialists in their field, who through art, design, media and technology, unpack the cultural and social landscape, exploring race and representation, often provocative, sometimes challenging assumptions and perceptions of Africans and Asians and their Diaspora.

 ALL TALKS ARE FREE – BOOK TICKETS BY CALLING THE BOOKINGS TEAM ON 020 942 2211 OR YOU CAN CHANCE IT AND ARRIVE ON THE DAY. ASK AT A RECEPTION DESK OR A MEMBER OF STAFF FOR THE CLORE LEARNING ROOM IN THE BRITISH GALLERIES, LEVEL 2.

4 CORNERS: Designers from the African Diaspora (Africa, Caribbean, Europe & USA)

Thursday 22 January 2015, 14.30 – 16.00

Clore Study Room, British Galleries, Level 2

Launched by Jon Daniel and Design Week 2013, ‘4 CORNERS’ is the first regular column by a mainstream publisher to showcase pioneering, emerging and established creative professionals from the African Diaspora. This talk introduces select work from the USA, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean.

Talk will be led by Jon Daniel, Independent Creative Director

http://www.jon-daniel.com/bio.html

Tartan’s Journey Through the African Diaspora

Thursday 12 February 2015, 14.30 – 16.00

Clore Study Room, British Galleries, Level 2

Observe the story of how tartan influenced the development of madras fabric in British occupied India, then shipped to Africa and the Caribbean and becoming incorporated into the national dress and material culture of the Caribbean islands. This talk takes inspiration from the 19th century madras silk and cotton squares in the V&A collection.

Talk will be led by Teleica Kirkland, Founder of Costume Institute of the African Diaspora (CIAD) https://historyfashionculture.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/qa-with-teleica-kirkland/

The Seamstress, Designer and the Model

Thursday 5 March 2015, 14.30 – 16.00

Clore Study Room, British Galleries, Level 2

Explore the role of the seamstress in black cultural life in the Caribbean, the results of emigration and displacement, and compare patterns of production in the Caribbean and Britain. Examine the work of Nat Gaines and Beryl Gilroy’s suit within the V&A’s collection, black people as consumers of fashion in Britain, the emergence of black designers in British mainstream fashion including Darla Jane Gilroy, Bruce Oldfield, Joe Casely-Hayford, and the black models who donned the outfits on catwalks and in magazines.

Talk will be led by Avril Horsford,

Independent Art and Cultural animator & former Head of Academic Diversity, Univ. of the Arts, LCF

The Rise and Development of Black Print Culture

Thursday 12 March 2015, 14.30 – 16.00

Clore Study Room, British Galleries, Level 2

Using the work of Joel Augustus Rogers (1880 – 1966) as a case study, examine the role of the journalist, political activist, artist, and publisher in countering racist stereotypes, by creating a black led perspective on print media, collected on people from the African Diaspora within books, newspapers, hand bills and pamphlets.

Talk will be led by Patrick Vernon, Founder of Every Generation Media

http://everygeneration.co.uk

Calypso and the Black British Experience 1950s and 60s

Thursday 19 March 2015, 14.30 – 16.00

Clore Study Room, British Galleries, Level 2

Tune into the calypsos of the great commanders and griots of this art form including Kitchener, Terror, Beginner, Roaring Lion and Sparrow, who all spent time in the Britain in the 1950s and ’60s. The lyrics of Calypso were highly political as they were contentious, and dealt with a variety of topics such as poor housing; gaining Independence and the Commonwealth; African, Caribbean and British affairs; the wars and economic status. Consider the changes that have occurred since these decades, and revisit “London is the Place for Me” through Alexander’s “Windrush” song, that contrasts with Kitchener’s rather rose tinted view of Britain in 1948.

Talk will be led by Alexander D. Great, Musician and Educator

http://www.alexanderdgreat.net/Biography.html

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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