International Museums Day 2020: Diversity and Inclusion

International Museums Day is on 18 May 2020 and in celebration of the theme equality and diversity, I curated an online exhibition on the topic - Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation - for ArtUK's new Curations platform. A selection of works from the exhibition below. ICOM UK is hosting a series of activities in partnership with … Continue reading International Museums Day 2020: Diversity and Inclusion

60 Second Tour: High Museum of Art

Where is the High Museum of Art? Many recognise Atlanta as a US city, but don't know exactly where it is or what's there.  Atlanta is located in the southern east coast state of Georgia.  Its population is majority African American and is the birthplace of Martin Luther King. It's where the headquarters of Coca-Cola and international news … Continue reading 60 Second Tour: High Museum of Art

Raqqa: The Cultural History of the ISIS Stronghold

Those who are reasonably well informed know that Raqqa (also known as Al-Raqqah, Rakka, Ar-Raqqah) is the city in Syria that is the ISIS stronghold and focus of Western forces’ air strikes. It currently holds immense symbolic power – a successful military campaign in Raqqa would be a major defeat for the Islamic State. But … Continue reading Raqqa: The Cultural History of the ISIS Stronghold

60 Second Tour: Mona Hatoum’s Turbulence

This is a bit of a throwback, but I am really impressed with Mona Hatoum's work. She is an alumnus of University College London (UCL) where I work, but I only discovered this after I became a fan of her art.  I suspect few got to see this major exhibition in Doha, Qatar, so I'm … Continue reading 60 Second Tour: Mona Hatoum’s Turbulence

Egypt Revisited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

My trip to the United States coincided with the private view of the Met's new exhibition Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom. The exhibition features objects from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, one of the collections I manage at University College London (UCL) .  It was nice to see Petrie objects presented so beautifully. The exhibition chronicles the re-birth … Continue reading Egypt Revisited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art