Adebusola Ramsay with her painting, 'Wahala Island', featured in the PASSIONS publication.

Images by Najma Abukar.

Ode to Maud

October 28th + 29th 2022 10am - 4pm
National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW

Maud Sulter (1960–2008) was a Scottish-Ghanaian woman artist born in the Glasgow Gorbals. Until recently, her significance as a Black Scottish, Black British, African, Ghanaian, queer, working class and female artist has largely gone uncelebrated.

Ode to Maud is a reading room installation showing Rhubaba's short film maud., publication PASSIONS and research relevant to our Maud Sulter project which began in 2020.

maud. [15m] is a call to celebrate the life and work of the Scottish-Ghanaian artist Maud Sulter (1960 - 2008) who grew up in the Gorbals, Glasgow. Through conversation with Black artists making art in Scotland today maud. considers her memory and reflects on her contributions to excavating history, challenging world politics, and community-building.

PASSIONS brings together the contributions of nine Black artist-curators-makers based in Scotland or who have connections to Scotland, as they revisit and respond to Sulter’s seminal publication Passion; Discourses on Blackwomen’s Creativity (1990).