The City of London is not adverse to cultural diversity, paticularly regarding banks, people and food, and the new exhibition at the Guildhall Art Gallery really packs a punch, in words, film and the works on display, as the pamphlet states - 'is one of the most comprehensive surveys of Black British Art in recent years'.
|Fowokan (b. 1943 - ), Lost Queen of Purnambuko, 1989.|
|John Lyons, Jab Jab, 1988 (C) The Artist.|
|Installation shot, Jessica|
|Tam Joseph, UK School Report, 1983. Image courtesy Museums Sheffield. LR|
The Exhibition Team are also worth a mention:
Makeda Coaston Curator, Black British Art in Action (Friends of the Huntley Archive at LMA) and described as a change maker and senior cultural strategist with over 25 years' experience.
Katty Pearce, Curator, Black British Art in Action - works at the Guildhall Art Gallery and was very busy last year when she co-curated the rehang of the new permanent collection completed January 2015.
Michael McMillan, Curator, Walter Rodney Bookshop. His curatorial work includes the critally acclaimed: The West Indian Front Room (Geffrye Museum 2005-6). Plus so much more.
Also a special mention to Crescent Lodge, who created all the art work, props, signage for the exhibition, the banner above as you go in to the exhibition was hand painted to be in keeping with the way Jessica & Eric Huntley would have had it made, all hands to the cause.
|Chila Kumari Burman, Auto Portrait, 1995, inkjet on canvas (c) The Artist|
We may also be getting used to having the famous Copley painting covered up to be used as a projection screen. It is a great idea and creates an impact which ignites your interest the moment you arrive on the first level of the gallery. You will also see a couple of paintings from the No Colour Bar exhibition amongst the Victorian collection, they certainly create an impression!
The exhibition is Free and is on until 24th January 2016.
The Guildhall Art Gallery is open Monday to Sunday.