Day School: The Changing Images of Black People in Art

Ref: C3742818

Black men and women had lived in Europe in small numbers since at least the 12th century. However, it was the imperial expansion in the 17th and 18th centuries that saw a significant growth in numbers. A reasonable estimate is that in the late 18th century there were about 10,00 black and minority ethnic inhabitants of London alone. Until the Somersett Judgment in 1772 outlawed slavery in Britain, most of these had arrived as slaves or indented labour. The first part of this day course looks at the changing images of black people principally in British art, the second crosses the Atlantic and looks at how black artists portrayed their own communities and the challenges they faced.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

To illustrate how artists depicted black people from the 17th century and how they fitted into society, some achieving success and a measure of prosperity, others suffering discrimination.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • gain an appreciation of the changing images of black people in art.
  • reflect on how the this analysis has resonance for today
  • inform my visits to galleries, exhibitions and museums

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: The Changing Images of Black People in Art


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