Visiting Artist’s Talk – Chila Kumari Burman

Chila cannot join us for this week's talk and instead we’ll welcome David Steans.

Find out more about this week’s change of speaker on our events pages.

Chila Kumari Singh Burman grew up in a working-class Punjabi-Hindu household in Liverpool. Her upbringing has shaped her practice, which challenges stereotypes and places alternative perspectives of British-ness at the forefront of art history. She has exhibited nationally and internationally since the 1990s, including notable commissions for the Havana Biennial of 1996 and the façade of Tate Britain in 2020. She has also created public artworks for Covent Garden’s market buildings (London) and Liverpool’s Town Hall, among other civic spaces. 

Burman taught at Lahore College of Art in Pakistan and received an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts London in 2017. She has served as a Trustee on the board of Rich Mix, London, and was awarded an MBE in 2022 for her services to the visual arts.

About the Visiting Artists’ Talks series

The Visiting Artist’s Talk (VAT) series hosts talks by an exciting range of arts practitioners from around the world every Monday afternoon from 2 to 4pm during teaching weeks.

All of our talks are compulsory for our Fine Art students but are also open to anyone else who would like to join us.

For more information, please email Nick Thurston.

Directions to Chemistry Lecture Theatre B

See the campus map for location of the Chemistry building.

Go through the Chemistry main entrance, turn right, follow the corridor round to the left, go through the double doors and the lift and stairs are both immediately on your right.

Either go up 1.5 flights of stairs to an upper landing and Chemistry Lecture Theatre B is at the end of the landing on your right or take the lift to the 2nd floor, turn left upon exiting and Chemistry Lecture Theatre B is at the end of the landing on your right.


Chila Kumari Singh Burman at Rich Mix, London, summer 2023. Courtesy of the artist.