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This six-week evening course highlights the art from the mid-20th century until the present day from Africa. Examining the impact of prevailing social, political and economic trends on both artists and art markets, the course will pay particular attention to the complex questions of national and cultural identity within a vibrant and diverse emerging market.

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  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Evening Course: Wine Reception 6.00pm; Lectures 6:30 - 7.45pm

    Date: Tuesdays; 31 January, 7, 21, 28 February, 7, 14 March (term break 14 February), 2017
  • Faculty


    Dr Christopher Spring, Curator, Contemporary, Eastern and Southern Africa, British Museum

    Chris is jointly responsible for the Sainsbury African galleries, developing the collections of contemporary African art and the collections from eastern and southern Africa. He has a Doctorate from Middlesex University, an MA from Oxford University and is a Helen Wilson scholar from Heatherley’s School of Fine Art, London. His current research explores the history, development and social significance of KANGA and other printed textiles of eastern and southern Africa, and the history of art in South Africa. His interests build upon fieldwork in North Africa, then in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique and southern and western Africa researching living textile traditions and working with contemporary artists such as Nja Mahdaoui, Robino Ntila, Rachid Koraichi, El Anatsui and Atta Kwami. The outcome of this work has been the acquisition of major textile collections as well as outstanding examples of work by these and other artists. Chris' work on commissioning the Tree of Life from Mozambican artists working on the Swords into Ploughshares project in Mozambique was initiated when he purchased Kester’s Throne of Weapons for the British Museum in 2002. This sculpture has been on an extended tour of the UK as part of our Partnership UK scheme; a book documenting the tour has been published. This collaboration led in turn to working with colleagues in three different museums in Mozambique as part of the British Museum's Africa Programme. In recent years Chris has collaborated with the Triangle Arts Trust in the British Museum’s support for three Triangle workshops: Maputo, Mozambique (2008), Kumasi, Ghana (2009) and Lagos, Nigeria (2010).
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    £395 (£375 if booked by 3rd January, 2017)

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    Sindy Mak, Public Programs Manager
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    Moshekwa Langa, CC Image courtesy of Jean-Pierre Dalbéra 

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