1-30 November 2019

Exhibition: Andr’e Dane Parchment – The Wings in Me (Streatham Library, London)


Image Credit: Andre Dane via Lambeth Council

“An exhibition of paintings by self-taught artist, author and songwriter Andr’e Parchment. Growing up in the Caribbean, Andr’e dreamt of being an artist, everywhere became his workspace; from his father’s veranda and under trees to barbed wire fences that became a roadside gallery.” (Brixton Buzz)

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26 November 2019

Off the Plinth: Episodes in the History of Public Sculpture – a round table… (University of Bristol)


Image Credit: Rakowitz via london.gov.uk

“A round table chaired by Professor Tim Cole (History, University of Bristol and Director of the Brigstow Institute). Throughout its history public sculpture has been wielded as a tool in the hands of power. The medium of sculpture has not only been used to generate a durable public presence for powerful individuals but has also endowed abstract political concepts with physical form – think of the Statue of Liberty. In other words, statues and memorials can be used to shape and control the contested narratives of both the present and the past. As a result, when these narratives are challenged, it is often sculptural objects that become targets in the resulting conflict. In this roundtable, three speakers will present three moments in the history of public sculpture, moments – in part – of crisis. Bryan Ward-Perkins will take us back to the fate of sculpture at the end of the Roman Empire in relation to the major research project, The Last Statues of Rome. Stacy Boldrick will carry us forward to the iconoclastic defacement and destruction of statues in the English Reformation. Finally, Ekow Eshun will consider the place of the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, a public context full of the visual imagery of imperial power.”

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27 November – 12 December 2019

FAQ exhibition (Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft, Bristol)


Image Credit: Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft

If you were homeless, where would you go for help? Frequently Asked Questions, a new exhibition by artist Anthony Luvera in collaboration with Gerald Mclaverty, uncovers the shocking and poignant challenge faced by those asking this one simple question. The culmination of five years research, Frequently Asked Questions involved Gerald Mclaverty contacting local authorities across the UK to ask how he could access basic living provisions such as shelter, safety, healthcare, food, and communication. Of 110 councils emailed in 2019, only ten provided answers to questions such as “where can I go for something to eat?”, “where can I find shelter from when it is raining or snowing?” or “where can I sleep during the night that is safe?” 41 of the councils did not reply at all. With the introduction of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, Councils are now legally bound by new duties in relation to homeless individuals and these findings put their performance in relation to the Act under the microscope. At the heart of Frequently Asked Questions is the enquiry into a homeless person’s rights, written from Gerald Mclaverty’s personal experience of homelessness, and requests for information about services provided in each jurisdiction. Produced in association with Museum of Homelessness, the exhibition gives a picture of how services both help and hinder the estimated 320,000 homeless people in Britain, and offers an insight into the challenges and realities faced by the most marginalised individuals as they attempt to access systems of care.”

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“Britain has a horrific homelessness crisis. Why isn’t it an election priority?”

Homeless Male (2)

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By Simon Hattenstone and Daniel Lavelle

(The Guardian, 19 November 2019)

“We have spent most of this year writing about the death of people on our streets. This crisis has simple, practical solutions, and everyone cares about it. Why aren’t politicians shouting from the rafters?”

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“Get a sneak peek at our new Letter To My Younger Self book”

Letter to my younger self Book Cover

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By Jane Graham

(The Big Issue, 7 November 2019)

“If you could whisper some wisdom in the ear of your younger self, what would you say? For years leading lights in entertainment, art, science, sport and politics have shared the things they wished they’d known at 16 in our weekly Letter to My Younger Self feature. We’ve brought 100 of the best interviews together in a book, devised and written by Big Issue journalist Jane Graham and on sale now. All royalties go back to The Big Issue to help us with our vital work.”

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27 November 2019

Sonia Boyce

Image Credit: Sonia Boyce via Eventbrite

Artist’s Talk: Sonia Boyce (MIMA, Middlesbrough)

“Artist and academic Sonia Boyce (OBE, RA) is an influential figure within British contemporary art. Here she reflects on what has become a major talking point: the take down of John William Waterhouse’s Hylas and the Nymphs (1896) as part of her 2018 show, Six Acts at Manchester Art Gallery. This controversy is discussed in relation to Institutional Critique as an artistic practice since the 1960’s as well as discussions resulting from Black Artists and Modernism’s (BAM) focus on museum collections and their recent research collaboration with Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA). BAM are looking at which black artists (using their definition of artists of African, Asian, Middle Eastern and North African decent) are represented in the Middlesbrough Collection, how their works were acquired and seen. The results of this audit are shared publicly in Why Are We Here?, currently showing at MIMA alongside one of Boyce’s key early works, She Ain’t Holding Them Up, She’s Holding On (Some English Rose), 1986 (acquired in 1987 and now part of the Middlesbrough Collection). BAM is a 3-year collaboration between University of the Arts London and Middlesex University. It is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).”

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28 November 2019

Art, Africa and Social Change (V&A, London)

Yinka Shonibare The British Library 2014

Image Credit: Yinka Shonibare

“Acclaimed British-Nigerian artist, Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA), delivers the Royal African Society’s 2019 Annual Lecture reflecting on art as a means for social change. Shonibare’s multi-disciplinary practice explores colonialism and post-colonialism within the context of globalisation. By examining race, class and the construction of cultural identity, Shonibare’s works comment on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and their respective economic and political histories. Shonibare’s commitment to social change through his art and curatorial work has resulted in the development of the Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.) Foundation, which has set in motion a new artist residency space in Lagos, Nigeria, due to open in 2021. Launched under the umbrella of The Yinka Shonibare Foundation, the newly established G.A.S Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to facilitating international artistic and cultural exchange, creating opportunities for a diverse pool of artists both from Africa and the rest of the world. Join us to hear first hand about Shonibare’s plans for this new artistic space, his life-long career and what motivates him to continue creating art with a social impact.” Yinka Shonibare installation ‘The British Library’ was recently acquired by Tate and is currently on display at Tate Modern, London until 2020.

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28 November – 4 December 2019

London Migration Film Festival 2019 Is Here!

LMFF 2019

Image Credit: LMFF 2019

“We are over the moon to be able to finally present LMFF 2019 programme – we hope you’ll find it interesting, that its films will raise questions, start conversations, challenge perspectives and ultimately restore the humanity of migration. We present you with human stories, of people that at some point in their lives decided to move. Nothing could be more simple and more complicated than that.”

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30 November 2019

Turning the Page (Queen Mary University of London)

Turning the Page Southall Black Sisters

Image Credit: Turning the Page via Southall Black Sisters Twitter @SBSisters

“Launching an anthology of writings, Turning the Page, by the SBS Survivors’ Group Southall Black Sisters ends its 40th anniversary year with a unique evening, crowning a year- long series of events to celebrate its survival and reflect on its history. The anthology represents an intimate engagement, a two-way literary conversation, between established writers and emotionally vulnerable women who have found relief in writing about their troubled lives. The survivors’ group at Southall Black Sisters have spent six months writing their stories in the company of Rahila Gupta. Jackie Kay, Moniza Alvi, Meena Kandasamy, Miss Yankey and Rahila Gupta have written new work in response to the stories written by the SBS women. Their new work will be published in the book and they will read from this and other work alongside the SBS women. Imtiaz Dharker will also be performing at this event. Be uplifted! Break your hearts and recommit yourself to the cause during the 16 days of activism against violence against women.”

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