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Patricia Allan

Patricia Allan is the Curator of World Cultures at Glasgow Museums. Her remit covers non-European art, culture and history.  Patricia’s research interests include international repatriation, indigenous cultures and heritage, post and pre-colonial art and history, and contemporary folk and tribal art of Northern India and South America. Patricia has undertaken field research for Glasgow Museums on projects in Northern India, Australia and Ecuador. She has worked on all of Glasgow Museums’ international repatriations since 2002 and was a member of the Museums Galleries Scotland’s working group that produced the current guidelines on the Care of Human Remains in Scottish Museums. Patricia is heavily involved with local and international community engagement and has worked on many events such as Mithi: Our Asian Roots, Afr-I-can and Celebrating Africa, as well as the craft elements of Glasgow Mela for 10 years. She works proactively to ensure that the cultural stakeholders of non-European histories, art and artistic practices represented in the collections are given equal voice and the platform to tell their own histories in the way of their choosing through displays such as Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum’s African Style, Ancient Tea Horse Road, Life in the Rainforest Object Cinema, Survival and the Land and Tramway’s Pehchaan: Art from Another India and Voices From The Frontline, as series of short films on the impacts of Climate Change she facilitated for COP26.

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