Making Histories Visible

is an interdisciplinary visual art research project based in the Centre for Contemporary Art (School of Art, Design and Fashion) at the University of Central Lancashire.

Centre For Contemporary Art, Preston

Who are we?

We are building on the success of our distinct areas of international excellence in contemporary art research. The project is led by Lubaina Himid MBE Professor of Contemporary Art and is supported by Christine Eyene Guild Research Fellow. It was previously supported by Susan Walsh Research Fellow Contemporary Art.

Our international academic research output has been officially recognised as world-leading by the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), with major impact outside of academia.

What do we do?

Collaborate with museums to interrogate collections in innovative ways.                                            

Excavate and preserve evidence of artists’ practice.

Explore hidden social histories through creative visual  practice.

Share information with larger partnership organisations and smaller groups committed to the development of new ways of  writing about, making and showing contemporary  art internationally.

Work with students both undergraduate and postgraduate, to encourage new ways to develop their own practice based research.

Investigate British newspapers and their representation of black people

Collect drawings, prints and photographs by artists of the black diaspora as an exploration of the contribution of black visual art to the cultural landscape.  

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