The Islamic Art and Material Culture SSN UK


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The Place of Sacred Art: A symposium

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Tuesday 9 May 2017

This symposium will cosnider the ways in which people reinterpret sacred art when it is displayed in new contexts or alongside art from different faith traditions. The day will also consider how displaying different types of art in sacred spaces also transforms our understanding of the sacred and artistic. There will be a variety of presentations exploring different aspects on the theme of the conference.

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The Practicalites of Working in the Middle East and South Asia: A workshop organised by the Islamic Art and Material Culture SSN

The Whitworth Art Gallery Study Centre

Wednesday 22nd February



Beginning to think about working in or with institutions in the Middle East and South Asia can be a daunting prospect but one which does offer huge benefits in terms of curating your institutions 'Islamic' collections. This session aims to be a practical 'how to guide', and includes speakers with considerable experience in this area, who will share their understanding of the challenges and benefits from the perspective of their own work. The workshop is divided into three sessions:

- Where to begin? What are the opportunities and the practicalities of organising your visit to the Middle East and South Asia?
- Case studies on the benefits. How working or visiting the Middle East and South Asia can positively impact on the work carried out by you and/or your organisation in the UK
- Building your relationships with organisations in the Middle East and South Asia.

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For a workshop programme please see Further details


Art Fund Career Development courses in partnership with Whitechapel Gallery Autumn 2017 (Oct-Nov)

Art Fund has teamed up with the Whitechapel Gallery to offer a new series of professional development courses to curators and museum professionals. 

Places normally cost £195, but curators and museum professionals are invited to apply for one of 34 funded places offered by the Art Fund. More details and information on how to apply can be found via their website


Connecting Stories: Our British Asian Heritage

Library of Birmingham

15 July - 4 November 2017

The exhibition and community project celebrates the important role South Asian culture has played in forming Britain and Birmingham history and identity.


Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince's Tour of India 1875-76

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford

9 March - 19 June 2017


On 8 November 1875, Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, arrived at Mumbai for a four month tour of the Indian subcontinent, Travelling the length and breadth of the country, he exchanged gidts with ovr 90 rulers, returning to Britain with a ship full of bejewelled swrds, shields, jewellery, caskets and vessels, which are now part of the Royal Collection