Interrogating Spaces

Decolonising the Arts Curriculum: Perspectives in Higher Education - the story behind the zines

September 11, 2020 Rahul Patel, Lucy Panesar, Anita Waithira Israel Season 1 Episode 6
Interrogating Spaces
Decolonising the Arts Curriculum: Perspectives in Higher Education - the story behind the zines
Show Notes

This podcast tells the story of the two zines on decolonising the Arts curriculum, co-produced by staff and students from UAL and the Arts Student Union. Both Zines make space for the expression of different perspectives and experiences of decolonisation, through a wide variety of media, from the literary to the visual.

Narrator Bios:

Anita Waithira Israel:
Anita is a photographer and alumni of London College of Communication. She recently stepped down as Arts SU Education officer and was instrumental in delivering the second Decolonising the Arts Curriculum Zine. During her time as Education Officer Anita ran a number of successful anti-racist campaigns and she continues to challenge structural inequality through her community based activism. Anita is a multidisciplinary artist whose main focus is documentary photography. She uses her photography to change the negative depictions of race , raise awareness for her community and amplify the black voice.

Lucy Panesar:
Lucy was the academic lead in the production of Zine 1 (2018) whilst she was in the role of Educational Developer (Diversity & Inclusion) at UAL’s Teaching and Learning Exchange. She also contributed original content for Zine 1 and Zine 2 (2019) and is currently managing projects at UAL’s London College of Communication to decolonise curricula as a means of achieving equitable progression and attainment for students.  

Rahul Patel:
Rahul is an Associate Lecturer at UAL. He is also a researcher and content developer in contemporary art history and theory. He co-led on Reading Collections: The African-Caribbean, Asian and African Art in Britain Archive and most recently Decolonising Narratives. He co-curated the Decolonising the Arts Curriculum: Perspectives on Higher Education zine1 and 2 with Arts Students Union.

Other Contributors:

Jheni Arboine: Senior Lecturer Academic Enhancement Model
Angela Drisdale-Gordon: Former Head of Further Education at UAL, Retired FE/HE Education and Social Justice Consultant
Dr Silke Lange: Associate Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement, Central Saint Martins
Carole Morrison: Senior Lecturer: Academic Enhancement Model
Dr Clare Warner: Educational Developer within the AEM and Attainment Team at UAL

Key Credits for the Decolonising the Arts Curriculum Zines:
Decolonising the Arts Curriculum Zine
is a production of Arts Students' Union and the University of the Arts London, Teaching, Learning and Employability Exchange

zine2 was collated and curated by Rahul Patel with editorial support from Annie-Marie Akussah, Anita Waithira Israel, Hansika Jethnani, Zina Monteiro & Clare Warner
Copy editing by Elizabeth Staddon, UAL 
Graphic design and layout by Hansika Jethnani

Links and references from the podcast:

Decolonising the Arts Curriculum Zine can be found here:

Shades of Noir:

Image Credit: 'Don't forget to Celebrate' by Anita Waithira Israel