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The Politics of Global Art

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

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?

Contemporary art and its critical reception around the world is increasingly identified with discourses around globalisation. The speed of globalisation today has rapidly decentralised the art landscape as the processes of cultural and economic activity around the world become integrated into what is arguably described as a single capitalist market. The expanded practice and circulation at the regional as well as international levels moves new art and ideas through a variety of markets, museums, exhibitions and the internet.

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.


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 Gallery on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD.​

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Every Thursday at 14.00–17.00

27 September – 6 December 2018



£270 Concessions

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Public booking open from 30 June