Vision, Voice & Power – Black Women Artists in Britain
Thursday 10 November from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Black women artists in Britain have played a significant role in the vitality of contemporary British art, yet how many of us can say that we have seen their work or engaged with their visions? Makeda Coaston, exhibition co-curator for No Colour Bar: Black British Arts in Action 1960-1990, will facilitate an interactive evening featuring a presentation by artist and curator Marleen Smith. Narrating the struggles for visibility and resilience, Smith will discuss key works by Black women artists from the 1980's to present times, highlighting artistic work and themes that continue to provoke, challenge, and uplift womanist dialogues. Special guest artists, Claudette Johnson and Sokari Douglas Camp, will be featured to share perspectives and insights from their artistic journeys.
Marlene Smith was a founder member of the pioneering 1980's 'BLK Art Group' and founding Director for 'The Public' arts centre in West Bromwich. She is currently a researcher for the Black Artists and Modernism Research Project and a PhD candidate at University of the Arts, London.
Claudette Johnson was an active member of the 'BLK Art Group'. Her work was featured in a series of important exhibitions, curated by Lubaina Himid, that propelled the visibility of Black British women artists in the 1980's. Her talk at the 'First National Black Arts Conference' in 1982 is recognised as a formative moment in the Black feminist art movement in the UK.
Sokari Douglas Camp CBE is a sculptor whose primary material is steel. Her large scale sculptures refer to her Nigerian roots and global issues. She was short listed for the Fourth Plinth in 2003. Douglas Camp has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally.
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Image: Close up detail of the self-portrait. Work of art by Claudette Johnson. Woman with an earring, 1982. (c) The Artist.