To mark the college’s 120 year anniversary we welcome Chila Kumari Burman for an evening of conversation and celebration. The event has been planned to coincide with the final day of MA Visual Arts degre show so guests can also tour the course show pre/post event. Chila Burnam Kumari will be joined in conversation by MA Visual Arts course leader, Jonathan Kearney. Professor Paul Goodwin, Director of TrAIN, will introduce the event.
A celebration of punk attitude and Punjabi heritage, Bollywood glamour and her working-class background, Burman’s work challenges convention and leads a discussion of how art can embrace diversity and difference in today’s world.
Chila Kumari Burman’s work spans multiple media, from printmaking and painting, to installation and film. She has been a practicing and exhibiting artist for more than 30 years, and has pieces in the Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Wellcome Trust, as well as numerous international institutions. Her subjects are self-identity and the politics of representation, which she expresses through an exploration of her own British-Asian background and cultural notions of femininity – big themes treated with playfulness, accessibility and an explosive sense of colour.
The conversation event will be followed by celebration drinks in the canteen. Please join us!