Alice Procter is a national historian of material culture based at UCL. In 2016 she couldn’t get a job, so she started an irreverent and low-tech art history podcast called The Exhibitionist. That turned into Uncomfortable Art Tours, unauthorised guided tours of national galleries exploring how major institutions came into being against a backdrop of imperialism. There are currently six tours exploring the role colonialism played in shaping and funding a major national collection, looking at the broader history of celebrated works: where the money comes from, the ways they’ve been displayed, and the potentials for creative storytelling that they bring.
Alice’s academic work concentrates on the intersections of postcolonial art practice and colonial material culture, the curation of historical trauma, and myths of national identity. She is currently writing on protest, disruption and rule-breaking in art galleries.
We’re pleased to welcome Alice at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery as she explores the galleries and our new exhibition Women Power Protest.
Join us for a fascinating free tour with a difference as we look at the role of women in art history contrasted with contemporary works from the Arts Council Collection.
Contains adult themes and language. Tour will commence in the Round Room and will run from 1pm to 3pm with a chance to meet your host for a Q&A at the end.