Intercultural and Intersectional Skills Training for Practice Research in the Arts
In 2016 Artists Samia Malik, Michelle Williams Gamaker and Rehana Zaman co-founded the Women of Colour Index Reading Group an extensive resource collated by artist Rita Keegan, based at the Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths College. On the basis of our research we aim to delve deeper into this rich legacy of artist’s of colour to develop the skills of art practitioners and researchers today. The focus here is on responding to the legacy of women artists of colour to improve the visibility of these artists and also to create a self-reflexive space for researchers to acknowledge their own relationships to race, class, gender and sexuality.
The conditions of how we relate to these subject positions and how these complex positions shape how we are read as cultural contributors within institutions, impact upon our ability to research within our respective institutions and beyond.
The aim of the training sessions is to create a forum for discussing this openly and through critical frameworks, which is key to our research strategy. We strongly encourage individuals from all backgrounds, genders, religions, sexualities and races to engage with our research and hope that we have a strongly interdisciplinary and intergenerational mix of researchers to add complexity to our conversations. We hope the connections formed through our conversations with CHASE researchers beyond Goldsmiths will develop long-term collaborations and contributions to the field.