Tate Britain Course

The Politics of Global Art

Join us to explore the politics of global art

What does it mean to be an international art institution today? How much of its activity mirrors the global flows of capital and people? What does it mean for artists’ production in a geo-political context?

In this course, we look at contemporary art and the politics of global capitalism. We examine the way in which art and ideas circulate through a variety of markets museums, biennials and the internet.

Each session includes thematic presentations, group discussions, and visits to collection displays and temporary exhibitions. Guest speakers include Pio Abad (artist), Sarah Cullen (Manager, International Partnerships at Tate), and David Elliott (curator), Carol Jacobi (Tate Curator, British Art 1850–1915) and Rattanamol Singh Johal (Visiting Fellow, Tate).

Led by artist and academic Dr Kate McMillan, this course explores how notions of ‘the global’ have developed and changed art production, distribution and display across the world. Includes gallery visits and guest speakers to introduce key theories and debates.

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Marwan Rechmaoui, ‘Beirut Caoutchouc’ 2004–8
Marwan Rechmaoui
Beirut Caoutchouc 2004–8
© Marwan Rechmaoui


Dr Kate McMillan is an artist and academic based in London. She grew up in Australia and has lived in China, Japan and Switzerland before moving to London in 2012. Her latest publication is called Islands of the British Empire: The Role of Contemporary Art in Un-forgetting Colonial Histories, which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in late 2018. Her practice as an artist explores lost histories and incorporates a range of media including sculpture, film, sound and installation.

Her work has been featured in various museums and biennales, including the 17th Biennale of Sydney; the Trafco Centre for Contemporary Art, Poland; Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai; Art Gallery of Western Australia; Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne; Perth Institute for Contemporary Art; John Curtin Gallery, Perth; Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth and the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney. She has resided on the Board of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) based in Sydney. McMillan lectures on the Masters Program [LU1] in the Department for Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College, London.

Organised in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London

This event has been provided by Tate Foundation on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD

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Every Thursday at 14.00–17.00

27 September – 6 December 2018