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17:30 - 19:30 13 November 2012

The New Commonwealth and Cultural Policy in the 1960’s: Canadian and Australian art at the Tate Gallery 1962-1964


Room 103 | UCL - Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge - booking essential
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Dr Sarah Scott, Australian National University / KCL

During the early 1960s the Tate gallery pursued an active, if controversial, agenda of presenting survey shows from Commonwealth nations. This was part of a broader interest in the ‘New Commonwealth’ in London marked by the opening of London’s Commonwealth Institute in 1962. In this context, Canadian art 1938-1964 (1964) - the follow up to its 1938 Tate show A century of Canadian painting - and the major survey exhibition of Australian art entitled Australian Painting: Colonial, Impressionist, Contemporary (1962-1963) were acts of cultural diplomacy, providing opportunities for the Canadian and Australian governments to strengthen their bonds with Britain and the Commonwealth.


Oscar Martinez
020 3108 9721 | o.martinez@ucl.ac.uk


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