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UAL Decolonising Arts Institute

Ana Escobar, Girl with headphones at a private view, London College of Communication, UAL

Challenging colonial legacies and disrupting ways of seeing, listening, thinking and making

We are the Decolonising Arts Institute

The UAL Decolonising Arts Institute seeks to challenge colonial and imperial legacies, disrupting ways of seeing, listening, thinking and making in order to drive cultural, social and institutional change.

We imagine the Institute as a decentred, disruptive, evolving and porous space. As the Institute grows, we aim to amplify local and global movements to decolonise and address the complex genealogies and geographies of postcolonial, decolonial and intersectional thinking and practice.

Our approach

We approach decolonisation with Arundhati Roy’s broad understanding of colonisation in mind:

Whose colonisation of whom are we talking about? Some countries have colonised other countries, some cultures have colonised other cultures, some races and castes have colonised and enslaved others, some languages have colonised other languages, some religions have eviscerated others, some ideologies have wiped out others, some genders have dominated and oppressed others. The categories are infinite, the hierarchies complicated and intersecting, the project of domination ongoing. 

Arundhati Roy, 2017

Our mission

Our mission is to challenge colonial and imperial legacies – to disrupt ways of seeing, listening, thinking and making – in order to support and drive social, cultural and institutional change.

We aim to achieve this by:

  • Evolving the Institute as a decentred, disruptive and porous space.
  • Creating opportunities for emerging practitioners and researchers, including UAL staff, students and alumni.
  • Collaborating with individuals, collectives and organisations across the arts and education.
  • Developing interdisciplinary projects and partnerships within UAL and across arts and education sectors.

People and governance

The Decolonising Arts Institute is governed by a Management Board, chaired by Professor David Mba and supported by an Advisory Board, chaired by Dr Sharon Cole (interim).

The Institute’s vision, mission and strategic development is led by its Director, Professor susan pui san lok.

The Institute’s day-to-day operations are overseen by its Manager, Clare Pattenden. The work of the Institute is carried out by a small core team and various Associates and partners.

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Colleges and Institutes

College entrance | Photographer: Alys Tomlinson
CSM King's Cross Building | Photographer: John Sturrock
Students working in the college garden | Photographer: Alys Tomlinson
Building frontage, Imprint Exhibition | Photographer: Lewis Bush
Close up of a costume with feathers and fur by Stephanie Shaw, show at Oxo Tower | Photographer: David Poultney
Main Reception, Merton Hall Road building | Photographer: Ideal Insight
Launch of UAL Creative Computing Institute
Ana Escobar, Girl with headphones at a private view, London College of Communication, UAL
A co-created and crowd sourced fashion garment in blue by AWAYTOMARS, Photo by Gleeson Paulino
City photos on rolling paper, Hai Hui Xiong, MA Book Arts, Camberwell College of Arts

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Models by Jaz Martell | Photographer: Alys Tomlinson
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