Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art

The First Annual Maud Sulter Lecture

A view of a gallery showing six large format framed photographs of collage works showing a mixture of landscapes and African sculptures
blurred image of a woman in a gallery looking at very large framed portraits of black women.
View in a gallery with 3 images on the walls of colourful framed photographs of Black creative women dressed as muses from Greek tradition, meant to celebrate the cultural accomplishments of Black women
Woman brightly smiling in bar wearing diamond patterned sweater. There are many photography on the walls in the background which is out of focus
Large format Polaroid self-portrait of a striking looking woman with black short hard, black blouse and necklace
Dates and Opening times

Thu 20 June, 3pm


Glasgow School of Art
Reid Lecture Theatre
167 Renfrew Street
G3 6RQ

Jackie Kay
Presented by

Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow Women's Library, and Glasgow School of Art

Supported by

Glasgow International with funds from the Scottish Government’s Festivals EXPO Fund


Good access: The venue has ramped or level access and/or lifts to access upper floors

Toilets: The venue has toilets available for visitors

Accessible Toilets: The venue has a wheelchair-accessible toilet
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The Maud Sulter Lecture aims to amplify the legacy of artist Maud Sulter, her roots in Scotland, and the internationalism of her practice as an artist, photographer, writer, poet, curator, and organiser. From the mid-1980s until she died in 2008, Maud strove to place Black women at the centre of an art history that had excluded them. She also challenged Western art, denouncing the erasure faced by the African diaspora. This inaugural event will be delivered by Scottish poet, playwright, novelist, and former Makar/poet laureate of Scotland, Jackie Kay – who will discuss Maud’s artwork, her relationship to Scotland and Ghana (and Africa more widely), her identity, and way of bringing the past into the present artistically. 

As a special tribute, Jackie will read her long poem A Life in Protest, a poem written in response to Jackie visiting Ingrid Pollard’s exhibition at Glasgow Women’s Library in 2021 which appears in her new book, May Day. Maud has a long association with Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow Women’s Library and Glasgow School of Art (and other Scottish institutions), alongside being re-appraised by a new generation of younger artists and creatives. Today, this aligns with an increased and overdue presence of Black artists making art in Scotland.