Online course

Caribbean Art Today: Visualising Evolving Identities

Wednesday 16 February 2022 - Wednesday 23 March 2022

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Join us as we explore the changing face of the Caribbean through the eyes of its artists. We will start our journey in the post-independence period in the 1960s and, using the V&A’s collections for inspiration, we will broker a dialogue between curators and artists from the UK and the Caribbean. Our six-week survey will investigate the work of Caribbean artists within the V&A collection, including Aubrey Williams, Sir Frank Bowling, Winston Branch, Peter Minshall, and Althea McNish, alongside other key figures such as Richard Rawlins, Sheena Rose, Barrington Watson, Christopher Cozier and Jasmine Thomas-Girvan. Visual artists who practise in the Caribbean often grapple with an intractable dichotomy – should they engage with the undeniable natural beauty of the region, or turn away to face the thornier issues of evolving identities in a post-colonial space?

Background Image: 'Jab Jab', colour screenprint on paper by John Lyons (detail), 1988.
Image 1: 'Ju-Ju Bird', colour silkscreen by Winston Branch (detail), Great Britain, 1976.
Image 2: 'Bysmelltoxic', acrylic on paper by Sir Frank Bowling, 1987.

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Mariel Brown

Course Leader Mariel Brown

Mariel is interested in exploring the lives of unheralded artists and writers, and in 2019 she co-edited (with Melanie Archer) the A-Z of Caribbean Art, that celebrates the work of over 250 Caribbean artists. She is a multi-award-winning filmmaker and creative director associated with Savant, Savant Films, and the filmmaker organisation, FILMCO.

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Course Overview

The internet and social media have brought fundamental shifts in visibility and access, revealing an unconscious conversation between contemporary art created by artists in the Caribbean with works made by Black British descendants in the UK.

As migration from the Caribbean to the UK continues beyond the Windrush years, Black British artists often situate their practice within the discourse of blackness and identity – speaking to memories of an imagined Caribbean homeland while responding to their lived experience of othering within contemporary Britain. On this course, we will examine the relationship between this othering and Britain’s colonial history, and reflect on the role that museums such as the V&A play in that relationship, in the past and in the future.


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Online course: Caribbean Art Today: Visualising Evolving Identities

16 February 2022 - 23 March 2022


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Background image: 'Jab Jab', colour screenprint on paper by John Lyons (detail), 1988.