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?

Making Histories Visible is changing again, building on the success of our distinct areas of international excellence in contemporary art research. The project led by Lubaina Himid CBE Professor of Contemporary Art  supported by Christine Eyene Guild Research Fellow  and previously supported by Susan Walsh Research Fellow Contemporary Art, with international academic research output, was officially recognised as world-leading by the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), with major impact outside of academia.

Since 2002 we have tried to be at the centre of the attempt to rewrite the history of art. Read on to find out how we are entering the Next Chapter

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.