Black Representation in Art Virtual Tour 

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In a nutshell...

On this virtual tour, you’ll learn about the implicit and explicit Black presence in artwork displayed in some of London’s most famous galleries. From bygone eras to the modern day, your expert guide will walk you through the history of Black representation in art, dissecting how it has appeared – either explicitly, ie visually, or in a more implicit sense – in various pieces. 

The walls of the National Gallery, Tate Britain and the Wallace Collection depict a Black presence in many forms, whether kings, queens and musicians, or servants, saints and slaves. Your passionate guide will delve into the cultural, social and religious significance behind these incarnations, giving an academic perspective on the often hidden Black presence and revealing how this portrayal has been transformed over the years – from being an object of economic capital to an era in which Black artists have created their own cultural capital. By the end, you’ll have a much deeper understanding of Black representation in art, and know how to look beneath the surface in order to discover the underlying details.

Why book?

  • Learn how the Black presence has appeared throughout history in art
  • Study a variety of art for a diverse and well-rounded understanding
  • Become proficient in analysing the Black presence in art under the tuition of a specialist

About the host...

Michael is a cultural art historian, writer, academic, blogger and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. At the root of his many credentials is a passion for the Black presence in European Art. He has shared his expert knowledge on the subject on television and radio, as well as at the National Gallery, National Archive, V&A Museum, Tate Britain and British Library. So, as art historians go, there are few better qualified to offer a detailed insight into the Black presence in art and history.

What you’ll need...

  • A laptop with a working microphone, video and wifi. 
  • A notepad and pen if you would like to take notes.

What others had to say

"Michael is very enthusiastic and even though the subject of this tour is very serious he brings it in a positive and interactive way. He liked answering questions and this tour has given me a lot of insight into Black representation in art."

Vick, Belgium

Essential info...


  • Online classes are held over Zoom. You will be provided with the link prior to the class.


  • The experience will be hosted in English.


  • Participants must be aged 11 years or over to take part.

Time Zones

  • Please note that the start times for this virtual experience are scheduled in British Summer Time (BST). Please be aware and adjust the start time to your time zone if you are not based in a country where BST is observed.


This booking is made on Culture Trip’s Terms & Conditions but please note the contract for the purchase of the experience is between you and the local host as per Historical Walks terms below: 


These are the terms and conditions on which we, Historical Walks, supply the experience(s) to you. Please read these terms carefully before you purchase the experience. You can contact us by emailing us at


1.1 Please carefully review the description of the experience before you book to ensure you meet any requirements. If you do not meet any specified requirements, such as minimum age, we shall be entitled to refuse your access to the experience.

1.2 The price for the experience is included in the booking process. Any other costs incurred by you in attending the experience shall be solely borne by you.

1.3 These terms apply from the time you make your booking until (and including) the date you attend the experience.

1.4 Purchase of a ticket means you consent to photography that may include you as a participant, unless expressly stated otherwise.

1.5 This is an online virtual experience, via Zoom, which requires computer, video and audio facilities on your part.

  1. There are no refunds once you've booked, but If you cancel 24 hours or more before the experience, you can exchange for a later seminar.

3.1 We may immediately cancel your right to attend and/or remove you from the experience at any time: (a) if you breach any of these terms (although for non-serious breaches we will first give you the opportunity to put things right); (b) if you breach any applicable laws, rules and regulations; and/or (c) you misuse or abuse the services provided at the experience, including by behaving in an offensive or disorderly manner.


4.1 To the extent permitted by applicable laws, the experience is provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis. Our liability is limited to the maximum extent permitted by law but nothing in these terms is intended to exclude or limit any warranty or liability which may not be lawfully excluded or limited in your country of residence (if any).

4.2  We accept no responsibility for any of your personal property brought to the experience.


5.1 This contract is between you and us and no other person shall have any rights to enforce any of its terms.

5.2 Each of the paragraphs of these terms operates separately.  If any court or relevant authority decides that any of them are unlawful or unenforceable, the remaining clauses will remain in full force and effect.

5.3 These terms are governed by English law but you will benefit from any mandatory provisions of the law of the country in which you are resident.

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