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The Black Art Movement in Britain | Leslie Morgan

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The Black Art Movement in Britain | Leslie Morgan

September 30th, 2010

Collaborations in Modern and Postmodern Visual Arts | Leslie Morgan This paper will utilise the first-person narrative to outline the emergence of the Black Art Movement in 1980’s Britain. The author exhibited as part of a minority arts strategy and as an educator was involved in attempts to develop an inter-cultural curriculum. This paper will describe: the conditions that led to an assault on the British Art Establishment; identify key exhibitions e.g. The Other Story; discuss the implications for art education and the white curriculum; identify the principle actors and explore the issues associated with black art and blackness in Britain. Leslie Morgan is an artist (painter), lecturer and researcher with experience in a diverse range of educational settings in Britain and Australia. Morgan’s art practice spans thirty years and his work is represented in private and public collections in Britain, Australia and the USA. Morgan completed his PhD by exhibition and thesis: The Significance of Diaspora Aesthetics in the Visual Arts in 2006 at the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne. The thesis dealt with the migrant perspective in the visual arts using his own work and case studies of migrant artists from Britain and Australia. He is author of two books Illegal Action (2005), The Significance of Diaspora Politics in the Visual Arts: art, protest and belonging (2008), book chapters and journal articles. Morgan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Art at RMIT University where he has responsibilities for Learning and Teaching, a Drawing elective and higher degree supervision.