Art and Existence Free Talks Series at the V&A

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Event 1 – The Seamstress, Designer and the Model

Thursday 5 March 2015, 14.30 – 16.00
Clore Study Room, British Galleries, Level 2

Explore the role of the seamstress in black cultural life in the Caribbean, the results of emigration and displacement, and compare patterns of production in the Caribbean and Britain. Examine the work of Nat Gaines and Beryl Gilroy’s suit within the V&A’s collection, black people as consumers of fashion in Britain, the emergence of black designers in British mainstream fashion including Darla Jane Gilroy, Bruce Oldfield, Joe Casely-Hayford, and the black models who donned the outfits on catwalks and in magazines.

Talk will be led by Avril Horsford, Independent Art and Cultural animator & former Head of Academic Diversity, Univ. of the Arts, LCF

Armet Francis, 'Fashion Shoot, Brixton Market', 1973. Museum no. E.106-2013 © Armet Francis/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

Armet Francis, ‘Fashion Shoot, Brixton Market’, 1973. Museum no. E.106-2013
© Armet Francis/ Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

 

Event 2 The Rise and Development of Black Print Culture

Thursday 12 March 2015, 14.30 – 16.00
Clore Study Room, British Galleries, Level 2

Using the work of Joel Augustus Rogers (1880 – 1966) as a case study, examine the role of the journalist, political activist, artist, and publisher in countering racist stereotypes, by creating a black led perspective on print media, collected on people from the African Diaspora within books, newspapers, hand bills and pamphlets.

Talk will be led by Patrick Vernon, Founder of Every Generation Media

www.everygeneration.co.uk

Drawing, Phil May, 1898, UK Mus. No. E.667-1949

Drawing, Phil May, 1898, UK Mus. No. E.667-1949

Event 3 – Calypso and the Black British Experience 1950s and 60s

Thursday 19 March 2015, 14.30 – 16.00
Clore Study Room, British Galleries, Level 2

Tune into the calypsos of the great commanders and griots of this art form including Kitchener, Terror, Beginner, Roaring Lion and Sparrow, who all spent time in the Britain in the 1950s and ’60s. The lyrics of Calypso were highly political as they were contentious, and dealt with a variety of topics such as poor housing; gaining Independence and the Commonwealth; African, Caribbean and British affairs; the wars and economic status. Consider the changes that have occurred since these decades, and revisit “London is the Place for Me” through Alexander’s “Windrush” song, that contrasts with Kitchener’s rather rose tinted view of Britain in 1948.

Talk will be led by Alexander D. Great, Musician and Educator

www.alexanderdgreat.net/Biography

Calypso, 1948, Musical, ©V&A

Calypso, 1948, Musical, ©V&A

FORTHCOMING TALKS IN THE ARTS AND EXISTENCE FREE TALKS SERIES IN APRIL – JUNE 2015

More information to follow but do put dates into your diary now!

1. The Wedding Album (African-Caribbean & South Asian)

Thursday 30 April 2015, 14.30 – 16.00

Talk will be led by Rev. Anita McKenzie, photographer, publisher and picture librarian

2. Margins to Mainstream – Black Theatre in Britain

Thursday 14 May 2015, 14.30 – 16.30 (2-hours)

Talk will be led by Olusola Oyeleye, Award-winning Writer, Director and Producer

http://17percent.wordpress.com/closeup/interview-olusola-oyeleye/

3. Bosco Holder – A life in Theatre and Art: London 1950 – 1970

Thursday 18 June 2015, 14.30 – 16.00

Talk will be led by Christian Holder, Son of the late artist

www.bing.com/images/search?q=BOSCOE+CHOLDER&FORM=HDRSC2

4. Heroines of Opera

Thursday 25 June 2015, 14.30 – 16.00

Talk will be led by Dr Shirley Thompson, Composer, Musician and Reader in Music at the University of Westminster

www.shirleythompsonmusic.com/about/