'Black Women In Focus' is
2 week long art exhibition with a difference - featuring the art and
photography of a group of talented black women in the Marble Hall of
House, headquarters of the TUC. The exhibition is hosted by the TUC
Race Relations Committee and is the concept of Zita Holbourne, a member
of the TUC Race Relations Committee and National Co-Chair of BARAC UK
who is also curating the exhibition. As well as curating the exhibition
Zita has combined her work as a community and trade union activist with
her work as a visual artist with her collection of paintings at the
exhibition entitled 'Equality Freedom Justice and Democracy'.
'At a time when black women are disproportionately impacted by job cuts
and huge cuts are being made to arts funding it is becoming harder for
black women artists to find work and showcase their talents. This is a unique opportunity to
view and support the amazing artistic talents of young black women artists in a
central London venue and purchase art at affordable prices. The exhibition is been hosted by the TUC Race Relations Committee as part of its commitment under the TUC Stephen Lawrence recommendations.'
Entry to the exhibition is free.
The exhibition is open
to the public and the final weekend will coincide with the annual TUC
Black Workers Conference. Members of the public can visit the exhibition
from 8am to 6pm on 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th
April and from 8am to 1pm on 14th April. Those visiting Congress House
for meetings and other events are free to view the exhibition whilst
there within and outside these times and dates.
There will be
an Evening View on 5th of April 6-8pm - hear from the artists about what
inspires them and why the TUC has put on the exhibition, view the
exhibition and network. If you are interested in purchasing any of the
work exhibited you will be able to speak directly to the artists.
Alternatively their contact information will be displayed at the
On arrival at Congress House please let reception
know you are there to visit the Black Women In Focus art exhibition in
the Marble Hall.
About the artists:
Torsiello is a Visual Artist & Textile Designer from Newham. Her
main inspiration is drawn from historical textile patterns,
architecture, african culture and the 1960′s. Recent graduate in BA Hons
Fashion Imaging at University for the Creative Arts. Antonietta uses
mediums such as: drawing inks, watercolours, wax/ oil pastels, lino and
screen print. She is also a curator of the exhibition.
Nxsh aged 22, Born and raised in East London is a
practicing artist and photographer currently on a gap year from
University of Westminster. Her main focus and point of interest lays
with portraiture and creatively using her work to explore current
events, looking at elements beyond the surface of society and what is
portrayed in the media. She shoots mainly with digital and 35mm film but
has recently begun exploring the uses of video in new projects.
Zita Holbourne is a visual artist, poet /spoken word artist, writer,
trade union, community and human rights activist. Zita studied graphic
design at the London College of Printing and worked as a freelance
graphic designer and make-up artist after graduating. Her art is
inspired by her quest for equality, freedom, justice and democracy and
her work as an activist as well as traditional African and Caribbean art
styles. She exhibits her art at a range of political and cultural
exhibitions. In 2012 she was commissioned by the TUC to design a poster
for the TUC Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust Fundraising Appeal. Black
Women in Focus is the concept of Zita and she is curator of the
Zemamnesh Campbell has produced a series of images covering issues that
are relevant to contemporary practice but also cover personal issues
that have been studied for a long period of time.
She has carefully
designed garments that demonstrate the combination of two cultures,
which compliment each other’s style. . They also follow the traditional
roles of women in African. All images have a strong feel of ethnicity
through the styling. Her images look at how African culture and Western
culture complement each other today.
Elizabeth Awoyemi has
produced a collection entitled Freedom as she is looking towards the
future in a positive and free manner. Striving through the negatives and
looking ahead in a positive light... she is free. African culture is a
big part of her daily life experiences and she tries to communicate this
through her paintings. Some of her paintings are acrylic paintings on
canvas whilst others are etchings in a simplistic black and white form.
Contact Zita Holbourne firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for a map of the venue and full address:
5 minutes from Tottenham Court Road Tube Station.
Trades Union Congress
Great Russell Street
Tel: 020 7636 4030
Facebook event page here:
National Chair / Co-founder; Zita Holbourne Established 2010, grassroots campaigning org against racism, injustice, adverse impact of austerity on black communities, for migrant / refugee rights. UK based but our focus is both o UK and globally. Email: email@example.com Twitter: @baracuk Instagram: @baracuk original Facebook group: Black Activists Rising Against Cuts page: BARAC UK GoFundMe Humanitarian Aid crowdfunder: https://www.gofundme.com/f/BARACHumanitarian
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
BLACK WOMEN IN FOCUS, ART EXHIBITION, CURATED BY ZITA HOLBOURNE OF BARAC, HOSTED BY THE TUC
Posted by Zita Holbourne, Poet~Artist~Activist at 21:47
Labels: antonietta torsiello, art, black women in focus, congress house, exhibition, nxsh, paintings, photography, Stephen Lawrence, TUC, TUC Race Relations Commitee, young black women, zita holbourne
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