Back in June, a friend and I headed to the Crypt Gallery to see Ben Edge and the Museum of British Folklore exhibition on Ritual Britain. With this focus on an area I knew very little about I was intrigued to see what angles were taken and ground covered.

Throughout the exhibition, I was drawn to the detail of Edge’s paintings. Particularly, when looking beyond central figures in the foreground. Edge’s inclusion of a lively and recognisable background adds a contemporary layer to the rituals or folklores being depicted.

These four paintings below stood out to me for that very…

Author’s own image (2021).

Last week I was formally introduced to John Akomfrah’s work in a gallery setting. Akomfrah an accomplished filmmaker and artist who explores memory, the implications of colonialism and temporality. Akomfrah

The Unintended Beauty of Disaster is currently on display at the Lisson Gallery until the end of July. In this exhibition, Akomfrah shares two video installations and two groups of photo-texts.

Me and admiring Ben Agbee’s ‘Knowledge’ (on my right) and ‘The Singing Choir’ (on my left), Author’s own image (2021).

Over the bank holiday weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting the We Find What We Seek show, curated by Kensu Oteng. I have to say, this was one of the warmest and welcoming exhibitions I’ve experienced.

Consisting of four emerging artists from West Africa, this show highlighted how art, antiques and curatorial opportunities can bridge continents. This group exhibition included Ben Agbee, James Mishio, Theophilus Tetteh and Jimas Ametonou. With antiques hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Namibia and Nigeria.

This space felt activated, not only by the art but also by the team. James Mishio’s…

Scroll down for my announcement, Author’s own image (2021).

Last week I was able to attend the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) conference, as a recipient of the Conference Fellowship for UK Curators. And I’m still thinking about the conversations and provocations posed by speakers and attendees…

Key takeaways

  1. Abolition within museums
  • Dr Porchia Moore keynote covered a lot of ground. But I was most intrigued by was the critical question posed: ‘who knew we needed abolitionists in our museums? Now, I have heard about abolition in the context of defunding the police in America, particularly over the past year. But this was new for me in a museum context…

Note to self: 100th post – pardon?

Me gazing pensively out to the sea, author’s own image (2021).

I’m quite chuffed that I have managed to share 100 posts on art, history, heritage and culture from my travels. I’ve got to thank my day one cheerleaders ( Gail, Goldie, Beth, Jazz and Dan). To all the artists, creatives, curators, institutions and countries I’ve mentioned who make the content of my writing possible. To all the people who have found this space on the internet and are on this journey with me. To all the people I’ve never met before but we’ve connected because of this blog. …

A quick snap of Jimmy C’s ‘London Cityscape, Dusk’, Author’s own image (2021).

Last week I met some friends south of the river, where I came across the vibrant ‘London Cityscape, Dusk’ by James Cochran aka Jimmy C. I had not realised this work was part of a series, with the first painting completed in 2019. On Jimmy C’s website, you can find see a range of depictions of the city of London in terms of location, use of colour, techniques and material. I’m just imagining some of the conversations that would be sparked from these pieces…

Beyond the notable landmarks — such as the River Thames and the Shard, or one of…

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Over the two weeks, I’ve been thinking about empathy. I think it’s a word that is used selectively unfortunately. Depending on whose experience we are talking about. Especially when discussing inequalities within society.

Currently, conversations on women’s safety and racial inequalities are occupying mainstream media. But I wonder, what this conversation will look like in three weeks? Or six months? And if any proposed societal changes align with people’s actual lived experiences? These questions made me think back to an installation where I literally walked in someone else's shoes. …

Artwork by Angry Dan, located along the River Lea (East London), Author’s own image (2021).

Last week I wasn’t expecting to encounter a limerick whilst on my daily walk. Initially, I assumed this artwork was related to the fact Earth is not replaceable. Of course, there was more to this artwork. This excerpt draws from London-based contemporary artist, Angry Dan, full limerick:

“When Will our ill-fated race,

Accept with humble embrace,

All that we’ve got,

Is this pale blue dot,

Suspended in infinite space?”

The posing of this question, almost considers how our current way of living really brings into focus the temporal nature of Earth’s survival. Especially considering the growing global concerns about climate…

A moment in Hong Kong (Cheung Chau specifically) where I had some much needed headspace, Authors own image (2019).

This week I have been thinking about headspace. To think creatively. To be inspired to undertake research. To make sense of early ideas in rushed handwriting. All these ties into conversations I had with artists and curators about a project I’m working on. And how strange it felt to have headspace to think creatively. Suddenly, I had an urge to write out my initial ideas. Meaning, I had to find my felt tips.

One evening, I ended up penning all my thoughts onto paper and it was refreshing to do this away from a screen. During this process, I remembered…

Lisa @Heritage_io

Hi I’m Lisa | Based in London, UK | Curator | Blogging to challenge the idea that history, art, culture and heritage is irrelevant| Twitter & IG: @heritage_io

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