British Art in the Age of Empire 2.0

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British Art in the Age of Empire 2.0
Roundtable Discussion
Paul Mellon Centre
Monday 4th February, 11am – 5.30 pm

In early 2019, Tim Barringer (Paul Mellon Professor and Chair of the Department of the History of Art at Yale University) will give the biannual Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery. The series is titled “Global Landscape in the Age of Empire” and his talks will explore the imbrication of the rise of landscape painting with that of the British Empire
On Monday 4th February, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art will host a roundtable workshop organised in collaboration with Tim Barringer and Hammad Nasar (Director of the Stuart Hall Foundation and Senior Research Fellow, PMC). The premise of this gathering is to bring together a group of people who have actively sought to demonstrate in their art, writing, teaching and activism that empire belongs at the centre, rather than at the margins, of British art and culture. This is still very much an art history in the making; a delicate and difficult process of dismantling, exposing cultural amnesia and prosing new narratives. We will reflect on the current state of research, as well as future directions. Within the context of national and international debates about the impact of Brexit, the global role of Britain, and what has been dubbed as an attitude of “Empire 2.0”, what of art and empire now? Does empire still haunt histories and exhibitions of British art rather than inhabit them? We invite participants to select an object, an image, an exhibition or a short passage of text to discuss with the rest of the group as a provocation, a means of reflection or as a discussion starter. Each speaker will have 5 minutes to introduce their chosen object and we will follow this with plenty of discussion. We very much hope that you can join us for this discussion.
Deputy Director for Research
Co-Editor, British Art Studies
Paul Mellon Centre
Period4 Feb 2019
Event typeWorkshop
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • British Art and Empire
  • Paul Mellon Centre
  • Global Landscape in the Age of Empire