First Contemporary African Photography Gallery Launches – London

By Joy Sigaud In spite of the  restrictions caused by the pandemic Covid-19, the London art scene continues to thrive with many exhibitions now presented online. This Black History Month sees a number of Black artists making their mark in the sector which can be visited for the live experience.    Doyle Wham, a contemporary […]

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BBTA 2020 Theatre Awards Nominees Announced – Watch on Sky Arts

The BBTAs, Black British Theatre Awards,  have revealed the 2020 Black British Theatre Awards nominee list and this year’s nominees represent some of the finest work by Black performers and creatives in UK theatre. The 2020 awards ceremony promises to engage and inspire audiences nationwide when it airs on Sky Arts during Black History Month. […]

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Windrush – Then and Now! Words and Music Event

WINDRUSH FOUNDATION  presents WINDRUSH THEN AND NOW! WITH SANDRA AGARD & KEITH WAITHE on Wednesday 23 September 2020  7.30pm to 9pm FROM THE CARIBBEAN TO THE UK, HOPES AND DREAMS SAILED THE OCEANS BLUE; SO MUCH WAS LEFT BEHIND.  MEMORIES WERE MADE IN PASTURES NEW. THROUGH WORDS AND MUSIC, SANDRA AGARD AND KEITH WAITHE WILL […]

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Legacy Of The Sugar Plantations

By Joy Sigaud From the lush groves of cane Standing in majestic rows under vivid blue sky Tall green grasslike feathered poles The juice is sweet, Who would ask for sweeter Who could ask for more. That sweet tooth is with us still today. They, the plundered, chop chop chop in season with their machetes […]

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El Anatsui Ghanaian Artist – Two Stunning Concurrent Exhibitions

From 15th July – 8th August the October Gallery London  is  focusing on Ghanaian born artist El Anatsui.  They will be showing his metal wall sculptures and a selection of prints created in collaboration with Factum Arte, Madrid.     El Anatsui who lives and works in Nigeria  is arguably one of the most influential […]

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Mandela the Artist – The man behind The Hand of Africa whose Legacy knows no Boundaries.

“Only three people in the world whose artwork sold for charity would attract so much interest: Nelson Mandela, the Prince of Wales and the Pope.”  by Anna Hunter curator and gallerist. In 1997  we were at a meeting at St James’s Palace to discuss some new watercolours by the Prince Charles and the programme we […]

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Nigerian born artist Toyin Ojih Odutola’s installation commissioned by Barbican

Supported by The Arts Council England and Jack Shainman Gallery New York,  the Barbican Art Gallery will present A Countervailing Theory, a site-specific installation for The Curve. It is the  first-ever UK commission by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola. Ojih Odutola’s epic cycle of groundbreaking new work unfurls across the 90-metre long gallery.  An immersive soundscape […]

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WINDRUSH DAY EVENTS 2020 – WHAT’S ON!

Black Cultural Archives: Oral Histories of the Windrush Generation Windrush 2020 community online event by BCA and  Radiate Festival. Monday 22 June 2020 10:00 GMT+1 / 45 Minutes via Zoom https://www.radiatefestival.com/festivals/event-links Brighton Museum: Reminiscence and Reflections on the impact of Windrush to our collective memory and national cultural life.  Brighton Museum & Art Gallery are pleased to host […]

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Windrush Heroes Sam King MBE and Claudia Jones – Joyce Fraser gives a personal insight.

 A woman of many talents, award winning descendant of the first Windrush pioneers,  Joyce Fraser is the  founder of the charity Black Heroes Foundation. Here she speaks frankly to Joy Sigaud about some of her personal experiences as a child of the Windrush Generation and the making of the acclaimed film, The Story of Sam […]

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Vanessa James, Champion Pair Skater – A sobering reflection in these times of change.

 Five times French national champion, Canadian born pair skater Vanessa James and Morgan’s stunning performance to The Sound of Silence which was a hit song written by Simon and Garfunkel in 1964,  performed here by Disturbed in 2017. Watch the film clip here By Sybil Kretzmer main photo courtesy CNW. Film clip you tube.

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The Black British Theatre Awards Goes Virtual For 2020

Ensuring  Covid 19 Does Not Impact The Celebration of Black Talent Leading the way in so many arenas and following the devastating impact of Covid 19 on all sectors, not least the theatre and performing arts, Black British Theatre Awards, BBTA,  are pressing ahead.  Opening up no less than four new nomination categories, in addition […]

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Virtual Culture at your fingertips… from home

Across the UK, arts organisations, museums and theatres are unveiling innovative digital plans to ensure culture and creativity is accessible for all. Online offerings to the public set to increase over the coming weeks thanks to Arts Council England’s £160m support package and the DCMS funded Digital Culture Network. Over the past week, arts and […]

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Artist Faith Ringgold Brings An American Story to London

The editor of Editions Lifestyle magazine chatted with the outstanding Faith Ringgold at the launch of her exhibition at The Serpentine Gallery in June. As the exhibition comes to a close Editions Lifestyle remembers her legacy. Her works are haunting. One has to stop and deliberate over the detail of every piece to understand the […]

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7 Year Old Abigail Curates Her Own Exhibition for Black History Month

By Joy Sigaud Abigail Webster, now there’s a name to watch. Only 7 years old she has the confidence and discernment of a wise adult. She listens attentively and extracts from what she sees all information that is of significance to her goal and does not hesitate to ask a question if there is something […]

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Art Not Aid Raises £20,000 – A Resounding Black History Month Success!

The brainchild of Hindy Mohammed and Chukwudi Onwadiwe owner of Chuck Gallery in Manchester collaborated to promote Nigerian artists and raise money through a one off auction event in London last week. Sponsored by Mocoh Oil, Alhaji Hassan Tukur and Targett-Desso the organisers say they raised £20,000 in under an hour as guests clamoured for […]

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