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Black Bloomsbury

UCL Art Museum autumn exhibition

Black Bloomsbury

Dr Caroline Bressey and Dr Gemma Romain have co-curated the UCL Art Museum's autumn exhibition Black Bloomsbury, which runs until 13 December.

Based on research carried out as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council -funded project Drawing over the Colour Line: Geographies of art and cosmopolitan politics in London, 1919 – 1939, the exhibition explores and documents the black presence in Bloomsbury from 1918 to 1948. It highlights the geographies of the Black Bloomsbury presence, and interwar politics, including anti-colonial and anti-racist activism.

The exhibition presents paintings, drawings and archival documents from UCL, highlighting how this Black presence was represented in the artworks of Slade students, and also how it interacted with London's artworld, through records relating to art students from Africa and Asia based at the Slade.

For more information about the exhibition and the accompanying public programme, including a walking tour through Bloomsbury on 26 October, visit: or


Winifred Knights (1899-1947), Portrait of a Young Woman, 1920, oil on canvas, UCL Art Museum, 5089

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