Lunchtime lecture: The Other Story – introducing the BLK Art Group

Course Dates: 04/10/23
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Online
Get to know the ground-breaking art and ideas of the BLK Art Group, the early 1980s art and activist community whose work still shapes our conversations about art and culture in the UK today.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £7.00

Course Code: VB752

Wed, day, 04 Oct - 04 Oct '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This lunchtime lecture will introduce the influential BLK Art Group, their work as an artist community and their ground-breaking 1981 exhibition Black Art An’ Done. We will explore the art and artists in this exhibition to better understand the themes of empowerment and social justice that were at the core of their art practice and are also at the core of much art and art history in Britain today.

This course is part of City Lit Art History’s ‘Community Season’ celebrating the artist communities and how artists create together.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• An introduction to the core ideas of the BLK Art Group
• An exploration of their 1981 exhibition, Black Art An’ Done, held at the Wolverhampton Art Gallery
• An introduction to some of the artists in the group, with particular emphasis on Donald Rodney.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Generally discuss the art and ideas that make up the BLK Art Group’s project
• Describe their impact on contemporary art and culture in the UK today
• Recall at least two artists who participated in the movement.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is open to all.

You should be able to operate basic elements of Zoom, e.g. microphone, camera and log in.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with lecture and slide presentation. This course does not include an active discussion element, but there will be time for Q&A at the end of the session.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Search for 'lunchtime lectures' to see all of the talks on offer in the coming year.

Sarah Jaffray Tutor Website

Sarah Jaffray holds a BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th/20th century France and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London in 2012. She has worked in curatorial roles at the British Museum and Wellcome Collection. In addition to her current teaching at City Lit, Sarah is a lecturer at the University of Arts London and the Tutor Coordinator for City Lit's Art History programme. Her art historical practice focuses on experimental narratives, artistic process, art pedagogy, politics and philosophy. Sarah's current research is focused on translation and empathy.

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