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Picture This: The Black Curator

Tulloch, Carol (2005) Picture This: The Black Curator. In: The Politics of Heritage: The Legacies of Race. Comedia . Routledge, London; New York, pp. 169-182. ISBN 9780415322119

Type of Research: Book Section
Creators: Tulloch, Carol

The chapter is a reflection on my curatorial practice between 2001-2002. During this period I was curator of the Heritage Lottery funded project the Archives and Museum of Black Heritage (AMBH). I also co-curated the 'Day of Record: Nails, Weaves and Naturals, event and 'Grooming an Identity' photographic exhibition at the V&A.

'Picture This' is an expansion of the paper SW7-SW9: A Case Study of Exhibitions on Black Culture', presented at the V&A conference 'Connections and Disconnections: Cultural Heritage and Diverse Communities' (2002). Both papers considered the role of the 'black curator' in contemporary museum culture; the agency of the 'black curator of a black organisation.

Additionally, the study looked at the benefits and complexities of collaborative efforts between so-called 'black' and 'white' organisations, such as AMBH and the V&A. The research was a blend of subjectivity and theoretical discussion on curatorial approaches to cultural diversity, heritage and black people's sense of place in Britain.

The academic significance of the chapter is that at the time of writing, in 2002-3, there were only a handful of black curators working in British museums. Therefore a black curator of a black museum-orientated project was rare. Its inclusion in 'The Politics of Heritage' was indicative of the academy's desire to include the personal experiences of heritage and diversity in Britain.

This debate began in Britain in the 1990s, and picked up momentum in 2000 through events such as the conference 'Who's Heritage?: The Impact of Cultural Diversity on Britain's Living Heritage'.

Official Website: http://www.routledge.com/books/The-Politics-of-Heritage-isbn9780415322119
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Routledge
Your affiliations with UAL: Research Centres/Networks > Transnational Art Identity and Nation (TrAIN)
Colleges > Camberwell College of Arts
Colleges > Chelsea College of Arts
Date: 2005
Related Websites: http://www.transnational.org.uk/projects/15-dress-and-the-african-diaspora-network, http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/contemporary/day_record/nails/index.php
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Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2009 12:57
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2014 16:21
Item ID: 801
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/801

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