This Saturday is the last day to check out Happening to Be, an exhibition showcasing the work of 5 distinguished alumni of University of the Arts London. Who happen to be black.
The featured artists include: Yinka Shonibare MBE, Trevor Robinson CBE, Ngozi Onwurah, Professor Andrew Ramroop OBE and Professor Ablade Glover OBE
You know I'm all about championing the arts and design, especially in terms of encouraging people in Africa and the Diaspora to partake in building our creative industries (whether as producers or consumers). In line with this, some interesting quotes from the exhibitors and university alike:
“I had to go the extra mile to prove my talent, as good was not good enough for a person of colour to succeed.”
— Professor Andrew Ramroop OBE added
“Colleges should actively seek to promote their college in a wider range of schools in minority areas.”
— Yinka Shonibare MBE
“There is no disparity in talent but we need to find out why there is this disparity in achievement – this is why we are carrying out research. We are also proud to have the ‘Shades of Noir’ project which runs a range of staff, student, curriculum development, and creative and cultural sector industry engagement programmes. The University believes that greater awareness of the sheer breadth and brilliance of black achievement across the arts will help to raise expectations and broaden horizons.”
— University Dean of Students Mark Crawley
Check it out at the Lethaby Gallery at Central Saint Martin's – more details here.