Support Network - Chila Kumari Burman

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Chila Kumari Burman -Navigating artistic ambitions and cultural expectations

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Join artist Chila Kumari Burman to talk about how to navigate a career in the arts against the grain of family and cultural expectations. Chila is particularly interested in offering advice to young artists from South Asian backgrounds.

Participants are invited to bring experiences of personal hurdles and artistic ambitions to share during the session.

*You may only book onto one session in the Support Network series* This and all Support Network sessions are open to early-career, artists of colour only.

Dr. Chila Kumari Burman (Punjabi: ਚਿਲਾ ਕੁਮਾਰੀ ਬਰਮਨ) is an iconic British artist. A significant figure in the Black British Art movement of the 1980s, Burman was one of the first British Asian female artists to have a monograph written about her work: Lynda Nead’s Chila Kumari Burman: Beyond Two Cultures (1995), and a second monograph by Nead was published in 2012. Born in Liverpool, Chila Kumari Burman describes herself as a ‘Punjabi Liverpudlian’ who likes to combine her Indian roots with popular culture. She has been described as a South Asian pop artist.

If you require any further assistance with the application or need to discuss access needs for participation, please drop us an email with a contact telephone number so that we can get back to you and talk through alternative options:


Support Network is part of Deptford X Online. Early career BAME artists are invited to apply to join a 2 hour session in a small closed group led by an artist or art professional who will share advice and experience on establishing a career as a BAME artist in the UK.

24 Jun. Hew Locke – How to present yourself and your work

1 July. Christopher Kirubi – Support structures

8 July. Shawanda Corbett – On galleries

15 July. Sahra Hersi – Learning from failure

22 July. Harold Offeh – Soft power in the art world

29 July. Teresa Cisneros – Supporting an artistic practice

5 Aug. Michelle Williams Gamaker – PoCumentation

12 Aug. Jamila Prowse - Practicing care for ourselves and others.

26 Aug. Chila Kumari Burman – Navigating artistic ambitions and cultural expectations

Participants for each session are limited to 6 and applicants will be selected based on their need for support.

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