17 March 2018: One-day Conference: Slaves of Fashion: Archives, Art and Ethics

2 February 2018 by Ann

To accompany The Singh Twins’ major new exhibition Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins at the Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool and the University of Liverpool School of Histories, Languages and Cultures are hosting a one-day conference, open to the public to explore the issues raised by The Twins’ new artworks.

This conference, on 17 March 2018, will bring together artists, academics, activists and the general public to consider how artworks can reveal hidden histories that remain relevant today. Using the exhibition of artworks as a starting point, it aims to encourage reflection on how abuses of the past associated with the creation of trade and a luxury consumer lifestyle, 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, World Museum, National Museums Liverpool) and Rob Harrison (founder of the Ethical Consumer Organisation).

The conference will begin at 10.30 a.m. 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 with Professor Kate Marsh.
  • A curatorial talk by Dr Zachary Kingdon, National Museums Liverpool.
  • A talk addressing the ethical issues associated with consumer culture today by Dr Joanna Long, Ethical Consumer Organisation.

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.
For further enquiries, please email Professor Kate Marsh:

Please book your place online at Eventbrite.

  1. Alnoor Mitha says:

    I would like to attend this conference.

  2. Alnoor Mitha says:

    The work by Singh Twins is often provocative with multiple meanings.

  3. Jarmila says:

    I was absolutely enthused by that unique exposition!

  4. Linda Bassett says:

    I would absolutely love to attend this conference but am going to Nepal that day. Please, please can it be repeated in April.

    Also, is it possible to get the words of the amazing poem read during the film at the exhibition please?

    • Ann says:

      Hello Linda
      Unfortunately there are no plans to repeat the conference at present, however The Singh Twins are currently working on a book to accompany the Slaves of Fashion series. As a consequence of this work in progress they are not releasing the transcript of the poem, we will announce when the book is available.

  5. Douglas Reid says:

    Brilliant art-works, and such a deep, thought-provoking, exhibition. Thank you!

  6. Nya khan says:

    I really want to attend the one day conference on the 17/03, I’m not sure if the tickets are sold out but when I try to purchase a ticket it says we will add You to our Waitist. I was wondering if someone could please contact me to clarify if there are any tickets available. I would like two tickets please.
    Thank you
    Best wishes

    • Ann says:

      Hello Nya
      The conference is now fully booked, as you are on the wait list you will be contacted by the organisers from The University of Liverpool if a space becomes available.

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