The RCA Black show begins: Uncomfortable colour thing? Opportunity to inspire?


Today marks the launch of RCA Black, an exhibition celebrating art and design by African and African Caribbean Royal College of Art (RCA) graduates. Brought to you in collaboration with the African and African Caribbean Design Diaspora (AACDD), the exhibition will include work by 23 artists working in several disciplines including fine art, photography, product design, jewellery and more.

The show's co-curator and RCA graduate herself, Ekua McMorris, addresses the question that will be on many people's minds – what is black art? "Black art can be anything." she says in this Hannah Pool/Guardian article. "It can be a landscape without any reference to colour or culture." A friend of mine – artist, RCA grad, tutor and RCA Black exhibitor – Catherine Anyango shares some of her views on the topic in the same article, that's worth some reflection.

On one hand, can the colour of your skin determine the kind of work you produce? On the other hand, can your work be totally removed from your experience and how the colour of your skin shapes that experience? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter.

Debates aside, it is momentous that the highly influential (and predominantly white) RCA is putting together this showcase of  exemplary work that spans 60 years. Perhaps it will help to inspire at least one young person of colour into following their heart and taking a path so little travelled by members of our communities. 

The show runs until the 6th of september. More details here.

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