Slaves of Fashion: Art and Ethics

Indigo painting
17 Mar 2018
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Free event, pre-booking is essential

To accompany The Singh Twins’ major new exhibition ‘Slaves of Fashion’, National Museums Liverpool and the University of Liverpool are hosting a one-day conference open to the public to explore the issues raised by the Twins’ new artworks.

This conference will bring together artists, academics, activists and the general public to consider how artworks can reveal hidden histories that remain relevant today. It also aims to encourage reflection on how abuses of the past associated with the creation of trade and a luxury consumer lifestyle, readily evident in the city of Liverpool with its role as a major slaving port in the transatlantic slave trade, are still present in the twenty-first century.

Confirmed speakers are The Singh Twins, Professor Kate Marsh (University of Liverpool), Zachary Kingdon (curator of the Africa collections in the World Museum, Liverpool) and Rob Harrison (founder of the Ethical Consumer Organisation).

The conference will begin with a guided tour of the exhibition by The Singh Twins. Following lunch, the afternoon will include three talks: a discussion of the exhibition from a historical perspective (Prof Kate Marsh), a curatorial talk (Dr Zachary Kingdon) and, thirdly, a talk addressing the ethical issues associated with consumer culture today (Rob Harrison). The day will end with a roundtable in which the speakers will respond to the Twins’ artworks and discuss questions raised by the public. Catering will be provided.


This is a free event, but places are limited and pre-booking is essential. Tickets are available on our Eventbrite page.

This event is part of the Slaves of Fashion exhibition.