English Literature

‘Inside the Invisible: Black Atlantic Art and Activism’: a Roundtable Discussion

This event will be a conversation between Lubaina Himid (M.B.E., Turner Prize Nominee 2017) and Alan Rice (University of Central Lancashire), Hannah Durkin (Newcastle University) and Celeste-Marie Bernier.

The interactive session will present audiences with a slideshow of Lubaina Himid’s bodies of work as accompanied by a collaborative conversation between all participants on her practice.

A self-appointed researcher, historian, and storyteller as well as an artist, Lubaina Himid succeeds in seeing “inside the invisible” regarding untold narratives of black agency and artistry by mining national archives, listening to oral stories, acknowledging art-making traditions, and revisiting autobiographical testimonies across her radical and revolutionary works.

Please note that seating is not reserved. 


Lubaina Himid is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire and director of Making Histories Visible: An Interdisciplinary Visual Art Research Project: http://makinghistoriesvisible.com. During the past 30 years she has exhibited widely, both in Britain and Internationally, with solo shows that include Tate St Ives, Transmission Glasgow, Chisenhale London, Peg Alston New York and St Jorgens Museum in Bergen, Lubaina represented Britain at the 5th Havana Biennale and has shown work at the Studio Museum in New York, Track 17 in Los Angeles, the Fine Art Academy in Vienna and the Grazer Kunstverein. Himid’s work can be found in public collections including Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Whitworth Art gallery, Arts Council England, Manchester Art Gallery, The International Slavery Museum Liverpool, The Walker Art Gallery, Birmingham City Art Gallery, Bolton Art Gallery, New Hall Cambridge and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery Preston.

Alan Rice, Professor in English and American Studies, Institute for Black Atlantic Research, University of Central Lancashire; prolific author of books and articles including Creating Memorials, Buildng Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic.

Hannah Durkin, Lecturer in Literature and Film, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne; author of numerous books and articles including, Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham: Dances in Literature and Cinema (forthcoming).  

Celeste-Marie Bernier, Professor of Black Studies, University of Edinburgh.


Lubainia Himid Lapels
Nov 10 2017 -

‘Inside the Invisible: Black Atlantic Art and Activism’: a Roundtable Discussion

An illustrated conversation with Lubaina Himid, Alan Rice, Hannah Durkin and Celeste-Marie Bernier.

Lecture theatre (G.03)
50 George Square