TrAIN Conversation | Françoise Dupré and Rita Keegan in conversation with Deborah Cherry| BRIXTON CALLING! |



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Françoise Dupré and Rita Keegan will talk about their current exhibition Brixton Calling! at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning (28 October-21 December 2011). The exhibition is the final stage of the Brixton Calling! project (March-December 2011), an archiving and community project that connects contemporary Brixton to its past – through the history of the late Brixton Art Gallery & Artists Collective in the 1980s. The project is a collaboration between 198 and BACA, the Brixton Artists Collective Archives group, constituted of Teri Bullen, Guy Burch, Françoise Dupré, Rita Keegan, Stefan Szczelkun.

For the talk Dupré and Keegan will talk about and reflect on their curatorial and archiving activities for Brixton Calling! and discuss Brixton Art Gallery’s relevance and legacy.

Francoise Dupré is an artist and a part-time senior lecturer in Fine Art at Birmingham City University, School of Art where she contributes to BCU Centre for Fine Art Research through her practice-led research project here and there (an ethical collaborative-participatory model of art in the public sphere). In 1983 she co-founded the Brixton Art Gallery and Women’s Work. Her recent solo exhibition autre mers (other seas) was at the Women’s Library, London Metropolitan University.

Rita Keegan is an artist who contributed to the growth of Black Art in the UK. She taught at New Media and Digital Diversity at Goldsmiths. In 1983 she co-founded the Brixton Art Gallery, Women’s Work and Black Women In View. In 1985 she co-curated Mirror Reflecting Darkly, the Gallery’s first Black women artists exhibition. She went on to co-organize other Black women artists shows and the Women’s Art Library’s archive of Black women artists.

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    I studied in the UK (Edinburgh and London) and I have worked in the UK, the USA, and in Europe, where I am now at the University of Amsterdam. Following my PhD I have written extensively on art in Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth century with two books, Painting Women (1994) and Beyond the Frame: Feminism and Visual Culture (2000) along with exhibitions such as ‘The Edwardian Era’ (co-curated 1987).
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