The Slaves of Fashion Symposium


The University of Wolverhampton, in collaboration with Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Creative Black Country present Slaves of Fashion: Symposium at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield Street, WV1 1DU on Saturday 18 August from 10am-4pm.

This free symposium brings together artists, art historians, academics and ethical consumer activists to respond to, expand on and debate themes emerging from the exhibition Slaves of Fashion by internationally-renowned artists The Singh Twins currently on show at Wolverhampton Art Gallery from 21 July–16 September.

The Singh Twins’ Slaves of Fashion series (which combines traditional hand-painting with historical archive material and digitally created art) explores how the history of Indian textiles is a global story of Empire and Colonialism, conflict, slavery, luxury lifestyle and shared heritage, which has contemporary relevance – connecting to ethical trade and consumerism in the world today.


  • The Singh Twins – Internationally renowned contemporary artists
  • Anand Chhabra – Black Visual Arts CIC & Apna Archive Black Country Visual Archive (BCVA)
  • Dr Kate Marsh – Professor of French Studies, University of Liverpool 
  • Kajal Nisha Patel – Visual Artist, Photographer, Community Engagement
  • Ruth Strange – Ethical Consumer Research Association Ltd
  • Suki Dusanj-Lenz – Fashion Revolution Representative India and Sustainable Fashion Activism
  • Dr Megha Rajguru – University of Brighton, History of art and design: South Asian material culture, museum collections and exhibitions

This special event on 18 August includes an introduction to the exhibition by The Singh Twins, refreshments and a buffet lunch.

Numbers are limited so please book your FREE tickets here to secure your place.