‘History Wipes’ – Adel Abidin’s solo retrospective at the Ateneum, Helsinki

'History Wipes' was the title of the first solo retrospective by contemporary visual artist Adel Abidin (b. 1973, Baghdad, Iraq), displayed at the Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, during March and April 2018. The exhibition featured a series of video installations, multi-media artworks and sculptural pieces presented in five galleries on the 2nd and 3rd floors,... Continue Reading →

Navigating the Dreams of an Icon: The Cy Grant Archives at the LMA – a new heritage initiative for 2016/17

The Cy Grant Trust – working in partnership with the education charity Windrush Foundation  and London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) – recently received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to catalogue the archives of the writer, actor, musician, barrister and equalities campaigner, Cy Grant (1919-2010). Cyril Ewart Lionel Grant (known as 'Cy') was born in Guyana... Continue Reading →

“At Home with Vanley Burke”: an immersive installation at the Ikon Gallery

When curators of the recently opened exhibition at the Ikon Gallery invited audiences to feel "At Home with Vanley Burke" (22 July - 27 September 2015) I was  quite cautious about whether a mainstream British art gallery could create a welcoming space that centralised black British social, political and cultural narratives.  However, I immediately overcame my initial skepticism as soon... Continue Reading →

A new photographic installation by Yinka Shonibare MBE, inspired by William Morris

'The William Morris Family Album' is the title of a new photography exhibition and costume display at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, east London, featuring a new installation of photographic tableaux created by British-Nigerian contemporary artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. In preparation for the exhibition Shonibare undertook extensive research into the life and work of William Morris, as well... Continue Reading →

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