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Feedforward - Heritage of Slavery

A British Art Network seminar, held at Museum of London Docklands and supported by Tate, Paul Mellon Centre, Yale and Arts Council England.

28 October 2022

Museum of London Docklands

No 1, West India Quay, Hertsmere Rd, London E14 4AL

event by invitation only


Heritage of Slavery is a BAN (British Art Network) Seminar developed as a special session within the Feedforward programme.

The session focus was contemporary artistic and curatorial responses to historical trauma in the specific context of the role of London in the transatlantic slave trade. Through a conversation between a small poll of curators, academics and artists, the session fostered conversation on how to challenge the current narratives around enslavement in our institutions and develop curatorial methodologies that explore connections between public art and uncomfortable heritage.


Thomas Cury, independent curator

Holly Graham, artist

Basil Olton, artist and independent curator

Sarah Thomas, Senior Lecturer in the History of Art department at Birkbeck, University of London

chaired by Carolina Lio, Director at Looking Forward

Feedforward is a curatorial format by Looking Forward aimed at exploring curatorial methodologies and models of cooperation in the global context. It provides an open space to present and discuss projects, share and bridge resources, and reflect on ethical and humanly sustainable artistic practices.

Feedforward is a research and networking platform in which practitioners are invited to present their work, receiving and giving challenging feedback and genuine support to each another. The sessions can take the form of online video meetings (open or not to the public) or convivial physical events, depending on the locations of the participants. Common to all sessions is a principle of equality and respect among the group and the desire to reach mutual understanding and seek opportunities for cooperation.

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