Tetley Spring Talk: Cultural Appropriation

Leeds Salon hosts its first spring talk in partnership with The Tetley art centre, Leeds.

The talk takes place on the afternoon of Saturday 28 April 3pm and 4:45pm, in the second floor City Workshop.

The speaker will deliver a short introduction on the theme of 'Cultural Appropriation' - looking at the increasing politicisaiton of art and culture - following by Q&A and the usual lively discussion.

Doors open 2:45pm (for a 3pm start) to 4:45pm. As usual, we'll be retiring to The Tetley bar straight after the talk to drink and chat more informally.

Admission: £5 waged/£4 unwaged (cash only) to pay on the day, but please reserve your place by e-mailing us at contact@leedssalon.org.uk 

Saturday 28 April

Can Art Survive the Culture Wars?

What are charges of cultural appropriation doing to the arts? Artists, who may have thought they were showing their commitment to diversity, have been charged with exploiting the cultures of ethnic minorities. Since charges of cultural appropriation have increased in volubility, some artists and writers find their creative impulses curtailed by fears that they will be offending one minority group or another by ‘stealing’ their culture.  Attacks on cultural appropriation seem to threaten the very roots of cultural openness, exchange, fluidity and creativity – the imaginative possibilities of entering and engaging with other cultures.

But do the public need to be made aware of cultural theft perpetrated against minority cultures?  Should artists and writers be challenged on the way they use sources outside their own culture to inspire and create their own work? Are they profiteering from cultures that don’t have access to resources for their own cultural expression? And is attacking cultural appropriation an effective means of addressing social inequality? 

If art becomes a battleground for the cultural wars, can it survive? In her introduction Dr Wendy Earle will explore the issues at stake for practising artists and the development of the arts. 

Speaker: Wendy Earle writes on the arts and culture for spiked and is convenor of the Institute of Ideas Arts and Society Forum, She works at Birkbeck, University of London, to promote knowledge exchange and public engagement with research in the arts, humanities and social sciences; see more...

Readings: The Painting That Has Reopened Wounds Of American Racism, Edward Helmore, Guardian, 2 April 2017; Who's Guilty When It Comes To Crimes Of Cultural Appropriation?, Lizzy Crocker, Daily Beast, 4 May 2017; In Defense of Cultural Appropriation, Kenan Malik, New York Times, 14 June 2017


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The Tetley is a centre for contemporary art and learning, located in the former headquarters of the world-famous Tetley Brewery on Hunslet Road. Visit their website at: www.thetetley.org/


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