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The Curiosity Conversation Podcast

Dr Susannah Thompson: Beyond Significant Others

Thursday April 28th, 2022

The Curiosity Conversation speaks with a different expert every month to explore the world through the unexpected, ground-breaking or contested aspects of the stories museums tell. This month our hosts, Eilidh and Matt, talk to art historian, writer, and critic, Dr Susannah Thompson, who is a Professor of Contemporary Art and Criticism at Glasgow School of Art. Susannah will discuss Maud Sulter’s relationship with the history of photography, unpacking key themes and narratives present in Sulter’s creative practice.


The Critical Conversation Panel

Beyond Significant Others: Curating Intersectional Collections

Tuesday May 3rd, 2022

Whose voices are marginalised by museums? How can museums work to produce more inclusive collections? From empire and colonialism to climate, identity and more, Critical Conversations bring together voices from a variety of perspectives to consider critical issues. This panel discussion will examine Maud Sulter’s Significant Others photographic series and how we can champion inclusive practice in the museum and gallery sector. Hosted by an eclectic mix of students and academics, the event will be live-streamed across different University platforms.


Self-Reflective Photography Walk

Beyond Significant Others: Snapshots, Strolls, & Self-Reflection

Saturday May 14th, 2022

Inspired by artist Maud Sulter, learn how to photograph personal history as a means of self-reflection. Take part in a photographic walking tour through the streets of St Andrews, using well-known landmarks as creative inspiration. ‘Snapshots, Strolls, & Self-Reflection’ encourages an investigation of self-identity through an exploration of this famous coastal town.

Significant Others: Maud Sulter in Relation

An online symposium hosted with Glasgow Women’s Library

Wednesday 1st June 2022, 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Free, but booking is required – please return for more information when the link is live.

A symposium in celebration of Scots-Ghanaian artist, photographer, writer, educator and feminist Maud Sulter (1960-2008).

Taking her iconic photographic series Significant Others (1993) as a starting point, this symposium trace the connections between Sulter’s photographs and her curatorial practice and networks. We’ll look at her legacy in relation to Black and queer feminist writing, artmaking and organising and reflect on her continuing influence in the context of art practice, collections and research.

Timed to coincide with the Maud Sulter: Portraits of a Family Tree project, Significant Others: Maud Sulter in Relation is supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews, and the St Andrews Centre for Contemporary Art. For more information, please contact Catherine ([email protected])