Blank Canvas: June 20, 2018, Eddie Chambers

On tonight’s Blank Canvas, our host Amanda Coulson, NAGB Director, welcomes Dr. Eddie Chambers into the studio.

Eddie Chambers, the son of Jamaican immigrants, was born in Wolverhampton, England. He gained his PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1998, for his study of press and other responses to the work of a new generation of Black artists in Britain, which were active during the 1980s. Since the early 1980s, he was involved in organizing and curating a considerable number of artists’ exhibitions and, on a number of occasions, between 2003 and 2009, was a visiting professor at Emory University, Atlanta. Chambers joined the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin in January 2010 where he is currently a professor. In 2012 Rodopi Editions, in Amsterdam and New York, published his book “Things Done Change: The Cultural Politics of Recent Black Artists in Britain.” He is also the author of “Black Artists in British Art: A History Since the 1950s,” published by I. B. Tauris, London and New York, 2014, reissued 2015, and “Roots & Culture: Cultural Politics in the Making of Black Britain,” published in 2017. More can be seen on his website at

Eddie was invited to be a contributor to the catalogue for the NAGB’s current exhibiton “We Suffer to Remain” and will be giving a lecture at the NAGB tomorrow night entitled “Caribbean Artists Visualising Enslavement.”

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