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Airbrushing

Airbrushing is a painting technique which uses an airbrush to give an even and consistent surface, often used to create a high level of realism

Feminist art

Feminist art is art by artists made consciously in the light of developments in feminist art theory in the early 1970s

PESTS

PESTS was an anonymous protest and pressure group of artists operating in New York in the 1980s who aimed to expose the discrimination, exclusion and tokenism directed towards artists from racial minorities by commercial galleries and public museums

Activist art

Activist art is a term used to describe art that is grounded in the act of ‘doing’ and addresses political or social issues

Gouache

Gouache is a type of water-soluble paint that, unlike watercolour, is opaque so the white of the paper surface does not show through

Miniature

A miniature is a small painting, usually a portrait

Pan-Africanism

The term pan-Africanism refers to an ideology of racial solidarity with Africa and its diaspora formed in the mid-nineteenth century

Digital art

Digital art is a term used to describe art that is made or presented using digital technology

Live art

The term live art refers to performances or events undertaken or staged by an artist or a group of artists as a work of art, usually innovative and exploratory in nature

Identity politics

Identity politics is the term used to describe an anti-authoritarian political and cultural movement that gained prominence in the USA and Europe in the mid-1980s, asking questions about identity, repression, inequality and injustice and often focusing on the experience of marginalised groups

Kitchen Sink painters

Kicthen Sink painters is a term applied to a group of British artists working in the 1950s who painted ordinary people in scenes of everyday life

Collective

Loosely defined, an art collective is a group of artists working together to achieve a common objective

The uncanny

A concept in art associated with psychologist Sigmund Freud which describes a strange and anxious feeling sometimes created by familiar objects in unfamilar contexts

Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury is the name commonly used to identify a circle of intellectuals and artists who lived in Bloomsbury, near central London, in the period 1904–40

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