Midlands Art Papers 4

Midlands Art Papers is a collaborative online journal, working between the University of Birmingham and 13 partner institutions to research and explore the world class works of art and design in public collections across the Midlands.  

Editorial: On Belonging Photographs by Marley Starskey Butler, Where Do I Know You From / Home © the artist

Midlands Art Papers Editor Sophie Hatchwell introduces this fourth issue of MAP and discusses one of common themes that run throughout the following articles: the ways in which art objects can help us understand what it's like to belong or not belong in different places and at different time.

Object in Focus: Mrs Hawker's Purse a late 19th century purse

Curator Rebecca Unsworth explores what the contents of a late nineteenth-century purse can tell us about the woman who owned it, and about the classification of collections at Birmingham Museums Trust.

IN CONVERSATION: RACE, EMPIRE AND THE PRE-RAPHAELITES  Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Marriage Feast at Cana, about 1672, oil on canvas, 179 x 235 cm The Henry Barber Trust, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

Curator Victoria Osborne and Art Historians Sabrina Rahman and Kate Nichols discuss their British Art Network Research Group ‘Race, Empire and the Pre-Raphaelites’, and how they are exploring the potential for rethinking Pre-Raphaelite and Arts and Crafts objects through the lenses of anti-racism and decoloniality.