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Join artists and academics for a thought-provoking day about equality in art education. Art and art history in secondary schools are under threat today, while at the same time visual culture is increasingly vital and prolific. So what ideas and artists could young people be learning about to demonstrate the power of art and equality? How can we better share and discuss the idea that art is as much about her-stories as his-stories?

Lubaina Himid has said her favourite thing about art education is listening and conversations. In response, this creative gathering will be in two parts – listening and conversation – with the aim of generating recommendations for equality in schools’ art education content. 

The day starts with the audience listening to talks on the issues raised in Lubaina Himid work’s by Professor Griselda Pollock, Marlene Smith and Dr. Ella S Mills.  The audience are then invited into an active conversation facilitated by David ‘Stickman’ Higgins.

* She who writes herstory rewrites history is a quote taken from poet, curator and artist Maud Sulter in 1990.


Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social & Critical Histories of Art, and Director, Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory & History (CentreCATH) at the University of Leeds

Marlene Smith is an artist and curator, UK Research Manager for the Black Artists & Modernism (BAM) research project and researcher of women’s exhibition practices during the British Black Arts Movement.

Ella S Mills is an art historian researching UK artists of the African diaspora with a particular focus on the women artist pioneers of the 1980s ‘Black Arts Movement’.

David ‘Stickman’ Higgins is a drummer, poet, artist, father and collector of the hidden-in-between language of African-Caribbean culture, roots, belonging and heritage.

Read more about Lubaina Himid: Invisible Strategies here.



She Who Writes Herstory Rewrites History is a sister-event with
Creative Gathering: Sounding In, Sounding Out at Spike Island, Bristol.
4 – 10pm Saturday 18 February. This event is led by artists Evan Ifekoya in collaboration with Network 11.

On 17 and 18 March a third Creative Gathering will take place at Nottingham Contemporary as part of the Lubaina Himid programme.

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