University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN
An exhibition in the Lamb Gallery, Tower Building, University of Dundee
12 November 2022 – 4 February 2023
Mon-Fri 9.30am – 7pm, Sat 11am-4pm
(closed for Christmas 17 Dec – 3 Jan)
Bacchanal explores the history of carnivals. How did a harvest celebration for slaves become the world’s most iconic street party?
The exhibition looks at the historical roots of Caribbean Carnivals, which were developed by enslaved people introducing drums as a link to their African heritage.
The centrepiece of the exhibition is a drum created by artist Ashanti Harris as part of a recent performance event, Dancing a Peripheral Quadrille. The show also features related artworks from the University’s Museum Collections as well as archival material exploring carnivals in the Caribbean as well as Dundee’s own history of carnivals, fairs, masques and pageants.
Local topics featured include the Broughty Ferry Carnival of the 1920s-30s, the Art College Revels and the Student Charities' Campaigns.
The exhibition has been curated by researcher and artist Cat Dunn, a PhD candidate at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, in association with the University's Museum Services.
Image courtesy of Ashanti Harris