This four-week course examines notions of black feminist art and how identity shapes artistic practices. It includes close engagement with the Collection Displays at Tate Britain, including works by artists such as Sonia Boyce and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Participants will also visit Kara Walker’s new installation in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.
Through a range of gallery visits and group activities, participants will discuss how artists have explored questions around gender, race and class, and how art might be used as a tool for social change. There will also be a focus on the continued exclusion from art institutions of many black women and non-binary artists, and how emerging artists are challenging the status quo.
The course is led by curator and writer Bolanle Tajudeen. It builds on discussions developed in 2018’s Art in the Age of Black Girl Magic course, but this new version is open to all and requires no prior experience or knowledge.
Bolanle Tajudeen is founder of Black Blossoms , an organisation supporting and highlighting black women artists. Black Blossoms hosts regular exhibitions, panels and screenings throughout the UK, and has been featured by the BBC, AFROPUNK, and gal-dem . In 2017, Bolanle co-curated and organised a UK touring exhibition of 31 black women and non-binary artists which was listed as a must-see exhibition. More recently, Bolanle was named by the Dots as one of the 100 creative leaders with a social heart and is also a regular arts and cultural writer with by-lines in Dazed and Prospect Magazine.