Until 26 August 2019

Frank Bowling

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“This exhibition offers a chance to experience the entirety of Bowling’s 60-year career. It showcases his sensual use of colour and bold experimentation. Born in Guyana (then British Guiana) in 1934, at 19 years old Bowling moved to London. He went on to study painting at the Royal College of Art alongside David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj. After graduating with a silver medal, he spent the next 60 years criss-crossing the Atlantic between studios in London and New York. Maturing into a master of his medium, he developed a visionary approach that fuses abstraction with personal memories. Now 85 he still paints every day, experimenting with new materials and techniques. The exhibition brings together a lifetime of large-scale artworks. It includes key series such as the iconic ‘map paintings’, the visually arresting ‘poured paintings’ made by pouring paint down an inclined surface, and the sculptural paintings of the 1980s evoking riverbeds, all the way to mature work selected from a recent period of explosive productivity.”

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14 June 2019 – October 2019

Hijab, Muslim, Women, Design

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“This exhibition of five contemporary artists presents their work in conversation with pieces selected from the Whitworth’s art collection. It brings together the artworks and stories of artists Robina Akhter, Shabana Baig, Fatimah Fagihassan, Dr Aida Foroutan and Usarae Gul as they explore themes of identity, faith, cultures, otherness and belonging. Investigating key questions around in/exclusion in art spaces and public collections, this group exhibition showcases the important and often overlooked contribution of Muslim women to culture and the arts in contemporary Britain. Combining graphic design, textiles, painting and photography, Beyond Faith will be shown in the Collection Centre and as part of an artist intervention in Four Corners of One Cloth: Textiles from the Islamic World. Gallery One. It marks the culmination of a major Arts and Humanities Research Council Project on the roles and experiences of Muslim women in the UK Cultural Industries led by Dr Saskia Warren, University of Manchester. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UKRI).”

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Nosa 1

Image Credit:  Nosa Imaghodo

Research on the contemporary role of Black activists in the fight against anti-Black racism

The standpoint of the research is that legislation against racial discrimination in the United Kingdom is in general ineffective. Race relations and equality legislation have failed to tackle some forms of racism, such as structural, cultural and institutional forms of racism. It has also failed to take into account the lived experiences of people of African heritage in Britain.

This research aims to collect the opinions of Black activists of African heritage (or mixed African heritage) on current-day anti-Black racism and identify potential solutions to end racism in Britain in areas as varied as employment, housing etc. The research identifies Black activists as people who engage in actions that bring about political or social change or at least attempt to amplify and better the situation of Black people in Britain.

This doctoral thesis also seeks to bridge the academic-grassroots movements’ gap and serve as a platform for Black voices to be heard.

Nosa seeks to speak to Black activists across the United Kingdom, especially outside of London until 31st October 2019. The interviews are expected to last around 40 minutes.

Please contact Nosa Imaghodo, PhD Candidate at the Department of Sociology, University of Essex to contribute to this research.

Contact details:

Telephone: +44 (0)787 9273350

E-mail: ni17340@essex.ac.uk

Website: https://www.essex.ac.uk/people/imagh30209/nosakhare-imaghodo


23 July 2019


Shiromi Pinto

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“‘We architects must be idealists’, wrote Minnette de Silva, Sri Lanka’s first female architect. Shiromi Pinto’s second novel, Plastic Emotions (Influx Press) is based on de Silva’s life, charting her affair with Le Corbusier and her attempt to rebuild Sri Lanka in the aftermath of independence. Pinto will be in conversation with Owen Hatherley.”

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Listen to the Podcast here: An Interview with Shiromi Pinto


3 – 27 July 2019


Francesca Moody Productions and Soho Theatre present. By Gabriel Bisset-Smith

“It’s hard parenting a child that everyone thinks you’ve kidnapped. Spanning 30 years, from Jamaica to London, Whitewash is the story of Mary and Lysander, a mixed-race woman and her very white son. When Lysander tries to redevelop the housing estate Mary brought him up on, he believes he’s helping- but is he really just trying to erase his past? Inspired by Gabriel’s own experience, this hilarious and devastating new play is an exploration of the intersection between race and class, identity and belonging. Who are you when you don’t look like your own family and no longer recognise the changing city around you?”

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28 July 2019

EVENTS PICK 5-3-2018


“Through mesmerising instrumental music and song, Women of the Windrush portrays inspirational narratives from the lives of a variety of women that migrated to the UK from the West Indies during the so-called Windrush period (late 1940s – early 1970s). Video projection interweaves the compelling stories from a cricketer’s wife, a student nurse, a concert pianist and a new bride who all relate their experiences of arriving and settling in England. Charismatic and versatile British lyric soprano, Nadine Benjamin, embodies the essence of the Windrush experience in this operatic re-imagining of the film, Memories in Mind (1992). Produced by Shirley Thompson Music Productions.”

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29 July 2019 – 24 August 2019


Tree, Summer, Beautiful, Park, Green

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Created by Idris Elba & Kwame Kwei-Armah. Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah.

“A Young Vic, Manchester International Festival and Green Door Pictures co-production. In association with Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Bob Benton for Anthology Theatre, Eilene Davidson Productions and Dawn Smalberg for Ragovoy Entertainment. Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah’s electrifying new blend of drama, music and dance follows one man’s journey into the heart and soul of contemporary South Africa – with the audience at the centre of the action. It’s just 12 hours from London to his parents’ homeland, but to Kaelo (Alfred Enoch), South Africa is another world. When a family tragedy finally forces him to visit for the first time, Kaelo must confront hidden histories and right the wrongs of the past. Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, with music inspired by Elba’s album ‘mi Mandela’, Tree is an exhilarating show about identity, family and belonging, seen through the eyes of one man on the toughest journey of his life. With Christian Bradley, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Sinéad Cusack, Kurt Egyiawan, Alfred Enoch, Anna-Kay Alicia Gayle, Joan Iyiola, Anthony Matsena, Daniella May, Patrice Naiambana, Mbulelo Ndabeni, Stefan Sinclair and Andile Sotiya.”

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1 August 2019 – 8 September 2019



Hindu, India, Woman, Dance, Tradition

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“Photographer and filmmaker Nirvair Singh Rai and visual artist Janhavi Sharma have embarked on a research project across the Punjab region of India and the holy city of Amritsar to create a new body of work. The installation, combining photography and digitally manipulated painting, seeks to remember the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre of 1919 which saw British Indian Army troops fire upon unarmed Indian civilians who were assembled for a peaceful protest and to honour the Sikh festival of Baisakhi. Through visiting the site, and interviewing local communities, Rai and Sharma seek to understand the psychology of surviving grief through the memory of land; land being the only witness left 100 years on from this deplorable act. Part of Here There & Everywhere and Nottingham Arts Mela 2019.”

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2 August – 8 September 2019


Jamaica Society Leeds

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“A poignant and uplifting tribute to the lives, journeys and stories of pioneering Jamaicans no longer with us who settled in Leeds during the 1940’s-60’s. Traditionally their funeral programmes, photos capturing the hopes and dreams of younger days and eulogies tell a singular life story. Curated by Susan Pitter, bringing them together for Eulogy tells the story of a generation.”

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