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This website accompanies a curatorial intervention at the University of St Andrews Wardlaw Museum which explores Maud Sulter’s (1960-2008) Significant Others (1993) series 


Maud Sulter was a Scottish artist, poet, writer, curator, feminist, historian, and champion of the LGBTQIA+ movement. Her work reflected her mission to elevate and recentre Black women’s voices in the artistic community and wider world.

Maud and Elsie, Significant Others, 1993 © Estate of Maud Sulter. All rights reserved, DACS 2022

The photos in the Significant Others series embody Sulter’s wider artistic practice by exploring Sulter’s life, identity, and heritage through enlarged archival images. The series presents lines of cross-cultural interaction between her Scottish and Ghanaian background, reflecting her Scottish familial ties and her place as a Black woman in a predominently white environment of Scotland.

To truly appreciate the power and magnitude of these images, please visit the Wardlaw Museum and the University of St Andrews’ Art History Building. Further information can be found on the About the Intervention tab above.

To see a visual exploration of all nine works in the series, please see our online story-telling platform Exhibit.