Glynn Vivian Art Gallery invites you to join them for a seminar series exploring Wales' relationship with South Asia, taking place between April - May 2020. The series is funded by and forms part of the programme of the British Art Network, jointly led by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.
Organised by Glynn Vivian Art Gallery in collaboration with Dr. Zehra Jumabhoy (Associate Lecturer, Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art, London) & Prof. Daniel G. Williams (Professor of English, Swansea University).
South Asia and Wales have had a long – if not always loving – liaison; stretching back to the earliest years of Britain's socio-political infiltration of the Subcontinent. And, given Wales' own status within the larger British narrative, the encounters have often been more collaborative than the history of Colonialism would lead one to assume:
Ernest Rhys wrote the first English-language biography of the Indian poet and artist Rabindranath Tagore; Welsh nationalism drew much from the non-violent anti-Colonial politics of Gandhi; Aneurin Bevan developed a late friendship with Jawaharlal Nehru. There have even been some academic forays into tracing the similarities between ancient Vedic myths and Celtic legends; between gods and fairies. Yet, for all its richness, this relationship – like much else when it comes to Britain's acknowledgement of Wales – has been largely overlooked.
While the Irish and Scottish connections with South Asia have been explored, there has been little concentrated study on the various cultural, religious, political and mercantile conversations between South India and Wales. This seminar is part of a project to right a historical wrong in the build-up to a major exhibition highlighting Welsh and South Asian artists, and it offers a platform for inter-cultural and multi-disciplinary debates.
The panels will explore the themes of Welsh Landscapes, Art and Nationalism, Economics, Culture and Empire, Cultural Interactions and Robert Clive: Collections and Gifts.
The two days will also include a chance to look explore the gallery’s permanent and contemporary exhibitions during an after-hours drinks reception in the Glynn Vivian on 13 May from 6pm.
- Jenni Spencer-Davies, former Curator, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery
Richard Glynn Vivian’s life and travels
- Gwyneth Tyson Roberts
Cheaper and more efficient than the bayonet: colonial educational policy in mid-nineteenth-century Wales and India
- Dr Kieran Hazzard, Clive Collection Project Post-Doctoral Researcher & TORCH Associate Early Career Fellow, University of Oxford
The Clives & India: Collecting, Display and Colonialism
- Emily Hannam, Curator, Royal Collection Trust
Unfortunate negligence or deliberate disregard: blocking communication between the Great Mughal and the King of England
- Uthra Rajgopal, Assistant Curator, The Whitworth
Pitching your tent: thinking through curatorial strategies for the display of Tipu Sultan’s ten
- Keynote: Prof. Michael Franklin (Swansea University) on William Jones
This two-day seminar is free, with lunch and refreshments provided.
The British Art Network is led and supported by Tate and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, with public funding provided by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.