Hothouse Programme
Feb
6
to Sep 5

Hothouse Programme

As with all Hothouse participants, these guys really are the ones to watch. We can’t wait to see what the future holds; tune into our social channels and follow #Hothouse2019 to keep up with their journeys.

HOTHOUSE 2019: MAKERS ANNOUNCED

We’re thrilled to announce the 26 brilliant craft businesses that have been selected for Hothouse 2019! 

Set up by the Crafts Council in 2011, Hothouse is a six month programme designed to help makers cultivate their creativity and develop their business know-how with equal measure.

Throughout the course, makers will travel across the UK completing a series of workshops including finance, self-presentation, marketing, business growth and creative thinking, with the added bonus of mentorship and 1:1 support.

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BLACK + WHITE = GREY
Mar
30
to May 25

BLACK + WHITE = GREY

Picnic is proud to present Black + White = Grey, a brand new installation of 3D lenticular prints and text by Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark, exploring the shifting viewpoints of race online.

When it comes to how the lives of black people are portrayed online, these fictions end up spreading at rapid pace through the online world, having real life effects on the people they depict . Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark’s work seeks to breaks down these biased and un-thoughtful visualisations to reveal the fractured nature of ‘truth’ in the webspace.

The focal point of D’Clark’s installation at Picnic, is the image of a close friend and fellow artist – HIV/AIDS activist from Congo, Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo. Created by using a body scan of Sinda which was 3D printed, the digital file layered into a lenticular object allows for multiple viewing points to be present within a single image. 
As the world of internet memes and viral images continues to grow exponentially and without accountability, the figure in the lenticular is a ‘non-object’ or more simply a ‘copy, of a copy, of a copy’; the original model feels to be far away. However, through centring the black figure as a constant from every viewpoint, D’Clark seeks to positively reframe the way people interact with and perpetuate images of black peoples.

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ALL THEY WAYS WE COULD GROW: 'REIGN' PANEL
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

ALL THEY WAYS WE COULD GROW: 'REIGN' PANEL

Reign

Visual artist and founder of the Bald Black Girl(s) project Ruth Sutoyé joined Free Word’s All The Ways We Could Grow Season with the debut of her short poetry film Reign.

Centring the narratives of black women who choose to shave their heads, the multi-disciplinary Bald Black Girl(s) project explores perceptions of masculinity, femininity and androgyny alongside sexuality, gender identity and barbershop dynamics. The project launched at Free Word with an evening of moving poetry readings and insightful, humorous and powerful conversation, with an exciting line-up of bald black women.

Reign is an afrofuturistic reimagining of a world where only bald black women exist. Watch the full film below.

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V&A #FRIDAYLATES - COPY & PASTE presents 'Draw Y(Our)Self'
Mar
29
1:30 PM13:30

V&A #FRIDAYLATES - COPY & PASTE presents 'Draw Y(Our)Self'

The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings.

Friday Late is FREE and drop in
Last Friday in every month (except May & December)
18.30 – 22.00

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Friday Late: Copy / Paste

Explore how digital copies might transform the physical world and the role of copying in preserving cultural heritage.

Human culture is built on a history of replication. We copy to learn, to assimilate, to preserve and to magnify. How is this behaviour being transformed by advances in technology and what is the value of the authentic or the original today? This Friday Late, watch dance pieces to examine how human error impacts repetition and examine the role of copying in preserving cultural heritage. From architecture to online identities, explore duplication in the digital age. For the full programme, click the link on the right.

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ALTERNATIVE ART SCHOOL WEEKENDER - 'EXPLORING DIFFERENCE'
Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

ALTERNATIVE ART SCHOOL WEEKENDER - 'EXPLORING DIFFERENCE'

The Alternative Art School Weekender is a creative project inviting you to come along and be part of a growing network of people who are self-organising to reconsider the shape of academic art education and questioning how these shifts in ethics and practice might challenge the art establishment. Hosted by The Other MA (TOMA*).

Come and join our playground where you can be both student and teacher; where debates happen over pot luck meals and visions of the future are shared. Expect an exhibition, performance night, screenings, critical theory, alternative food making, group walks, talks on art and activism and collaborative workshops. The public are welcome to attend, learn and contribute all the events for FREE.

/// Below is a list of happenings over the weekender. A detailed schedule will be released soon. There may be additions to that listed here. \\\

Contributing schools and collective include: Alt MFA, School of The Damned, art&critique, Islington Mill, PACTO, DIY Space Print Collective, Reading Room and Shades of Noir.

*TOMA is an artist-run alternative art education model set up in 2015 run in partnership with Metal Southend and based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

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How Are You, Babe?
Mar
19
to Mar 24

How Are You, Babe?

How are you Babe? is exploring a contemporary collective feeling of hope from a female perspective.

The exhibition will showcase nine international artists, creating a dialog through performance, sculpture, virtual reality, painting and video installation. The artists will share an intimate view into their perception of the time we live in, questioning social conventions and aesthetic convictions. While it seems tempting to get lost within this generation and its complex issues, the exhibition aims to share a sense of being off to new horizons. By bringing together emerging talents who honestly confront us with the ambiguities of personal expectations and within society , the show delivers a hopeful picture of individual self-determination.

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On Art, Children and Schools
Feb
17
to Feb 19

On Art, Children and Schools

  • Clifton Green Primary School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Associate Artists for the Institute of Everything

On Art, Children and Schools

‘BODY & RACE’ - SCULPTURE WORKSHOP

Running from September 2018 – July 2019, The Institute of Everything introduces the idea that artists, like children, are in a constant process of questioning the world around them, and wondering how it might be imagined differently.  Focusing on the creative process of critical thinking, we’re moving away from the idea that artists are people who simply make and do things.  We’ll be working with a cohort of brilliant associate artists, who will introduce the whole school community to all sorts of art and creative practices, at the same time as revealing how artists engage deeply with some of the biggest, most challenging questions we face.

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Let's Talk About Porn (2019)
Feb
15
12:00 AM00:00

Let's Talk About Porn (2019)

A short documentary film exploring our generation's relationship porn, and the effect it is having in terms of our sexuality and objectification of women.

The documentary will consist of back to back interviews from the general public, people in the porn industry and sex therapists talking about their experience with porn in a safe environment. The documentary is going to be poetic, it will involve a lot of artistic representation and will be shot like an art film in many ways. It will be screened at the LCC summer exhibition, and will hopefully have a life beyond university in film festivals around the world.

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Hot Local Artists Presents: POV
Jan
22
7:00 PM19:00

Hot Local Artists Presents: POV

Hot Local Artists presents P.O.V., a show exploring the impact of porn. 

We would like to create a space to open up a conversation about porn, which is so widely consumed yet rarely discussed openly. Join us for a night of contemplating the world's favorite pastime. 

The show will include work from a group of artists whose pieces investigate this phenomenon. 

Featured artists: Rayvenn D'Clark, Rafaella Lazarou, Rosiland Howdle, Robbie Winstanley, Ellen Fagen, Dylan Meade, Rose Creasey and Anastasia Meredith-Goujon  

Please note, this show will contain explicit content.

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THE SOCIO-PARASITOLOGY MANIFESTO EXHIBITION
Jan
10
to Jan 20

THE SOCIO-PARASITOLOGY MANIFESTO EXHIBITION

  • Nunnery Gallery | Bow Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Curated by Sabrina Mumtaz Hasan

Guest Curated by Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark

Bow Arts Trust is pleased to present The Socio-Parasitology at Nunnery Gallery.

During this pivotal period of political change The Socio-Parasitology entails an exhibition of artworks in response to Hasan’s Socio-Parasitology Manifesto. The ambition of this exhibition is to put into discussion the positive parasite-host relationship, as a means of exercising new methods aimed at finding social change by editing the current pejorative perspective of human bodies behaving parasitic towards each other and new hosting environments. This exhibition aspires to further develop the ethnographic context of this theme – expanding it in an interpersonal work-led narrative as a means of interrogating its existence, usage and value in the current political crisis. The exhibition is in lead up to Brexit and is a polemic act of resistance for positive change and supporting minority groups and communities.

This will take a multi-dimensional format alongside the duration of the show, which includes Early Morning Crits, Weekend Family Workshop, Drop-In sessions and a highly anticipated Curator-Artist Talk.

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BBC Young Talent Network
Dec
11
6:00 PM18:00

BBC Young Talent Network

The BBC Next Generation Committee, run by the Director General’s office, are launching a new BBC staff network for young employees to help them make connections, share ideas, learn new skills, and generally feel good, called the BBC Young Talent Network. As part of the evening, a elected number of young talented people from inside and outside were asked to tell the audience a short story about their best piece of advice.

‘My best piece of advice’ – this is the theme of the evening. Each inspiring speaker tells a story about the best piece of advice they’ve ever been given. The speakers are: Ben Zand (doc presenter for BBC Three); Annie Price (inspirational broadcaster for BBC Three); Max Gogarty (factual commissioner, chair of this year’s Next Generation Committee); Megha Mohan (BBC gender identity correspondent); Amy Elizabeth (presenter of the BBC Studios Strictly podcast); Adeyemi Michael (filmmaker); Jordan Dunbar (R4 young presenter and stand-up comic); Kojo Amin (comedian and actor); Rayvenn Sheleigha D Clark(artist); Junior Kassim (apprentice and member of the new Next Generation Committee); Emily Dicks (R1 presenter and DJ).

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ABSTRACT : REALITY | EXHIBITION + AUCTION
Dec
6
to Dec 13

ABSTRACT : REALITY | EXHIBITION + AUCTION

ABSTRACT : REALITY

An exhibition and auction of abstract and photorealist artwork

This December, The Auction Collective and Preszena will unveil Abstract : Reality

Presenza brings contemporary art to unique public and commercial venues, allowing the public to explore and collect emerging art in the heart of the city.

Through our service of curated exhibitions we aim to facilitate the discovery and exposure of exciting contemporary art whilst presenting it in selective hotspots, engaging a broader national and international audience. Selected locations vary from high-end hotels, restaurants, offices, private members clubs, concept stores and luxury retail shops.

Presenza dedicates itself to support young artists and galleries, and to promote and encourage a greater understanding of radical art and culture.

Presenza aims to create always changing, new dynamic environments by bringing contemporary art to your favourite locations, allowing you to discover and collect emerging art wherever you go.

PRESENZA

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Exhibition event in the run up to the auction; including alongside a series of events including a panel discussion, daily tours and evening receptions will encourage and educate discussions on the two opposing techniques.

The final day of the exhibition will culminate in an evening’s reception and public auction of the works.

PROFILE

INTERVIEW: Talking Innovative Sculpture With Rayvenn D'Clark

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'BREAKING BARRIERS' - Alumni of Colour Association: 5x5 Showcase & Networking Evening
Dec
6
5:30 PM17:30

'BREAKING BARRIERS' - Alumni of Colour Association: 5x5 Showcase & Networking Evening

UAL Alumni of Colour Association presents an inspiring evening to showcase, celebrate and share the work and achievements of Alumni of Colour at UAL. With a focus on highlighting recent alumni of colour achievement, the evening will consist of five guest speakers of colour who will present an outline of their creative careers and experience in five minutes. The evening will also provide valuable networking opportunities for alumni of colour as part of the associations objective to build a supportive network.

Schedule

6:00 - 6:45 Arrival and welcome drinks
6:45 - 7:00 Welcome from Linett Kamala (President) and Richie Manu (Vice President)
7:00 - 7:30 Panel discussion
7:30 - 7:45 Q&A
7:45 - 8:45 Drinks reception and networking
9:00 Event close

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BAME FREEDOM FESTIVAL
Nov
16
to Nov 18

BAME FREEDOM FESTIVAL

Fri, 16 Nov 2018, 18:30 – Sun, 18 Nov 2018, 21:30 GMT

This festival is about educating, entertaining and empowering the BAME community in London to be the change we want to see in the world.

Between the 16th-18th there will be a jam-packed programme full of amazing panels, keynotes, classes, and parties as well as a live podcast recording, an art exhibition, food and drinks merchants, pop-ups and so much more.

This festival is supported by fantastic partners including - ASOSThe DotsPurposeRaise the Roof KenyaThis is our Period, and The Africa Centre.

#BFFest2018

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Common Thread: The Talk
Oct
23
to Oct 24

Common Thread: The Talk

Following on from the work we have done through the exhibition Common Thread, Craft Council are convening another event; Common Thread: The Talk will be held in October to coincide with Black History Month in the UK.

Through the talk, we aim to have an honest conversation with mid/high profile creatives from across the arts about their journeys, successes, challenges they faced, and how creative organisations like the Crafts Council can help to diversify the arts. This will be a ticketed event that will help raise money for our Young People's Programme

PANELISTS: (Host) Actress and dancer Kelechi Okafor, Exhibiting artist and teacher Simone Brewster, Graffiti artist Neequaye Dreph Dsane, Music journalist Jesse Bernard who has written for NME, FADER, CRAFT, and Complex and Presenter MBE June Sarpong. The event at 7-10pm on 23 October marks Black History Month and includes an exhibition featuring 25 artists and a panel talk where you will hear from creatives across the arts including music, craft, fashion, and more.

Tickets price includes entry to the talk, the exhibition, a goodie bag, and a drink!

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Decoding the Arts - Panel Discussion
Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Decoding the Arts - Panel Discussion

In collaboration with Artist Thais Muniz & event organiser/Artist Sabrina Collares

Speaking Statues will take place in late-October and will consider 'Art in relation to the decolonisation of visual culture as well as a means to (re)tell history.’ 

EVENT INFORMATION (PDF)

Role of Art in the crystallisation of history and creation of identities

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BHM Exhibition
Oct
16
to Oct 25

BHM Exhibition

  • Copeland Park & Bussey Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Private View: Tuesday 16th Oct, 6pm - 10pm

This year during Black History Month we will be celebrating the works from current UAL students who are of African-Caribbean descent. There are no themes and students studying at any level in any discipline are showcasing their work. This exhibition will show the range of creativity at UAL and offers the students who are involved the chance for collaboration and development.

Facebook Event Link & Access VIA the SU site: https://www.arts-su.com/creative/showcase/bhm

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The Anti-Art Fair
Oct
4
to Oct 7

The Anti-Art Fair

  • Unit 8, 133 Copeland Road (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Anti Art Fair is a celebration of creativity and a call for greater diversity in the arts.

Putting the creators at centre stage, The Anti Art Fair will be a direct response to the sterilised, exclusive and money driven ‘art world’.

The Fair takes place at a secret location in London between Thursday 4th October and Sunday 7th October and will be hosted by Creative Debuts, champions of emerging artists and curators behind the recent sell-out Nasty Women Exhibitions in London.  

Working with a range of partners to showcase a new wave of thinking, The Anti Art Fair will be a voice for change in the art world.

Expect to see works from international artists and designers who are disillusioned from the status quo, including immersive installations, feminist and LGBT art, and innovative techniques and styles from the stars of tomorrow.

Don't miss out on the most disruptive Art Fair of the year!

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Common Thread - Creative Debuts X Crafts Council
Aug
30
to Sep 1

Common Thread - Creative Debuts X Crafts Council

Crafts Council x Creative Debuts presents Common Thread, a celebration of the diverse creatives in the UK and beyond. We believe in the power of storytelling through craft, art, and design. Throughout August – October 2018, we will be providing a platform for the talents of tomorrow to tell their stories. 

On 30 Aug – 1 Sept we will celebrate the spirit of Notting Hill Carnival by bringing together the works of over 25 artists reflecting on African-Caribbean history, identity, and culture. Expect to see works including photography, ceramics, textiles, embroidery, digital art, film, and an opportunity to make something yourself.

Over 18's only.
Attendance is free but RSVP is essential.

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COLOURED
Aug
7
to Aug 25

COLOURED

COLOURED - “Coloured” perspectives.

A series of works by a group of young and emerging artists, curators and writers of colour, many of whom have politicised by the current socio-political topics of migration, gender and race.  As a result they, as artists, within their work have begun to address the question: “what does the idea of ‘colour’ mean?”. 

EXHIBITING ARTISTS:

Sabrina Mumtaz Hasan | Glo Orpilla | Michael Taiwoand Sophia Abassy | Ashton Attz | Wendy Asamadu | Akari Yasuda | Chi Bagtas | Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark | Carianne Annan | Shannon Bono | Riah Jocelyn | Queenie Djan

Curated by: CARIANNE ANNAN

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BetterShared Summer Show
Jul
22
7:00 PM19:00

BetterShared Summer Show

  • 1 Bath Place Rivington Street London EC2A 3JR (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

BetterShared Summer Show in collaboration with Creative Debuts

Art, photography and film showcase from members of our Creative Network! 

– Live printing on the opening night
– Music from DJ Noudle
– Refreshments and Summer vibes

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Reconstructing Practice: Toward an Antiracist Art + Design Field
Jul
13
to Jul 14

Reconstructing Practice: Toward an Antiracist Art + Design Field

  • Art Center College of Design (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How can we construct an antiracist art and design practice? How do our curriculum, research practices, and models reinforce or dismantle problematic racial hierarchies? What role does simply occupying space play in this endeavor? 

2018 Antiracist Classroom Covening by the Antiracist Classroom

Design is touted the world over as a force for global transformation and speculation. Meanwhile, many institutions of design—schools, firms, city offices, nonprofits, and more—still fail to imagine and form themselves into institutions that veritably unsettle age-old racial hegemonies and grapple with what it takes to right an obviously imbalanced ship.

Reconstructing Practice provides opportunities for young creators—of color, especially—to engage with and through art, design, media and/or technology. Participants will ignite and sustain a movement toward a more racially equitable, informed, and carefully-considered creative practice and lifetime learning environment.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE

LIVE FEED

CATALOGUE (Paperback, 8.5 x 11 inches)
On July 13 - 14, 2018, over 100 participants joined us in Pasadena, CA for our first convening, Reconstructing Practice. Participants contributed to panel discussions, workshops, and a gallery. This book documents, reflects on, and offers proposals about how we might move forward from this event. Check out our blog for excerpts from the book.

 Proceeds from the book will fund ongoing student organizing.

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UAL Attainment Conference
Jul
11
9:00 AM09:00

UAL Attainment Conference

http://events.arts.ac.uk/event/2018/7/11/UAL-Attainment-Conference-2018/

ATTAINMENT CONFERENCE VIDEO

It is a UAL priority to close the attainment gaps which exist for particular groups of students by 2022. In particular the university is focusing on the attainment of Black, Asian and minority ethnic students, international students and working class students. 

The UAL Attainment Conference in July 2018 provided a space for staff, from all colleges and services, to come together to understand the strategic and systematic approach the university is taking to achieve this goal.

It allowed staff to share practice and gain confidence in effecting the change that is needed to close the gaps, building on existing attainment work, platforms and initiatives from across UAL.

My role(s):

  • Open Dialogue - Panel Representative (Pecha Kucha & Q&A)

  • Shades of Noir - Support Team Member

  • Attainment Gap Performance Project - Performer

It is a UAL priority to close the attainment gaps which exist for particular groups of students by 2022. In particular the university is focusing on the attainment of Black, Asian and minority ethnic students, international students and working class students. Read more about the work UAL is undertaking here, and access resources on attainment here.

The UAL Attainment Conference provides a space for staff, from all colleges and services, to come together to understand the strategic and systematic approach the university is taking to achieve this goal.

It will also allow staff to share practice and gain confidence in effecting the change that is needed to close the gaps, building on existing attainment work, platforms and initiatives from across UAL.

PRESENTATION

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Staff Development Week - Open Dialogue: Artist & Designers of Afro-Caribbean Descent
Jun
25
to Jun 26

Staff Development Week - Open Dialogue: Artist & Designers of Afro-Caribbean Descent

Staff Development Week

18th - 22nd - Staff Development Week

SDW Presentation & Support for Open Dialogues Lead, Kelly Walters

By building upon existing initiatives and discussions at UAL regarding diversity and inclusion, two workshops will be led by Kelly Walters that stem from the Open Dialogue project. The workshops will provide a platform for staff discussions about Afro-Caribbean student representation, cross-college interdisciplinary collaboration and student empowerment.

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THE NEOPROTOFEMINIST SHOW
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

THE NEOPROTOFEMINIST SHOW

THE NEOPROTOFEMINIST EXHIBITION

The Neoprotofeminist Show - Dealing with social issues, feminism, sexuality and gender identity IN 2018.

What we see in the contemporary social issue scene is expressed through an Art movement that is stepping towards the future. With the term the ‘Neoprotofeminist’, we try to define a new era where the freedom of expression has no limits. Celebrating this new era, CREAM Athens founder and artist Nia Hefe Filiogianni & Creative Debuts have curated a new exhibition of 15 bound-breaking artists.

PROMO VID

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Sculpture Workshop
Jun
16
10:00 AM10:00

Sculpture Workshop

University of the Arts London believes that widening participation to art and design higher education is essential to nurturing the artists and designers of the future.

A paid opportunity to postgraduate students to facilitate their own workshops for families (alongside the universities Outreach Team) providing:

Activities that are suitable for all age ranges and abilities are really welcome and can be inspired by your own practice/processes.

Our focus at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon

Programmes offer students the opportunity to work within any subject discipline; Activities are run by our academic staff and Outreach ambassadors, who have experience, knowledge and passion for their subjects. Our programmes make use of the college’s specialist workshops and facilities.

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DECOLONISE FEST 2018: PUNX OF COLOUR
Jun
15
to Jun 24

DECOLONISE FEST 2018: PUNX OF COLOUR

  • 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Decolonise Fest Exhibition: Punx of Colour

Decolonise Fest is a collective of DIY Diaspora Punx that organise an annual festival including music, art & workshops by and for punx of colour. They define Diaspora Punx as people who are descended (through one or both parents) from the original inhabitants of Africa, Caribbean, Asia, Middle East, the Americas, Australasia, and the islands of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean. The intent behind Decolonise Fest is to celebrate all the brilliant diaspora punx that are creating right now, acknowledge our elders and the doors they opened for us, and make room for more punx of colour to take centre stage and make noise.

This exhibition showcases a selection of interdisciplinary artists of colour portraying their punk ethos. Their work is created in a state of hybridity, between their geographical Western location and their ancestral identity. 

From portrait photography, to altars, to video work, the exhibitions aims to showcase the unique positionality of Punx of Colour, with the goal to highlight and celebrate those identities that have been and are being hidden, censored and oppressed. 

ART SHOWCASE - 15TH - 22ND JUNE 2018

DeCol FESTIVAL - 22ND - 24TH JUNE 2018

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Decolonising the Arts Curriculum // ZINE Launch
Jun
14
5:30 PM17:30

Decolonising the Arts Curriculum // ZINE Launch

DECOLONISING THE ARTS CURRICULUM: PERSPECTIVES ON HIGHER EDUCATION

This zine is an Arts Student Union and UAL Teaching & Learning Exchange co-production, and is part of the ongoing work to address disparities in experience and attainment for International students and students of colour. It is aimed at both students and staff, as a tool for raising awareness and opening up conversations that will allow people to take things further in their creative and pedagogic practices. We hope you find it insightful and inspiring, and look forward to hearing further perspectives.

Read the zine online via: http://decolonisingtheartscurriculum.myblog.arts.ac.uk/

Role(s)

  • Zine Launch Representative

  • Contribution Reading

ONLINE PUBLICATION

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