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Wednesday 28 February 2018

Call out for black (BME) artists to participate in the Roots Culture Identity touring art exhibition

The Roots Culture Identity art exhibition is hosted by the TUC Race Relations Committee and is the concept of activist, poet, artist and curator of the exhibition Zita Holbourne, who is elected to the TUC Race Relations Committee & a national executive member of Artists Union England.

This is a call out for black artists (we use black in the political sense to include black and minority ethnic people) and particularly young black artists to submit art to exhibit in the Roots Culture Identity art exhibition at Trades Union Congress HQ, Congress House, in London in April from 7th to 29th April . This kick starts our year and the aim is to get other opportunities for you during the year. We will also be exhibiting at the Bernie Grant Centre in Tottenham from May to June and the General Federation of Trade Unions have agreed to host us at their hotel near Leicester,

The theme of the TUC conference is 50 years on from the Race Relations Act 1968 looking back but also at how far we have come or not, where we are today in terms of racism and race equality in relations to employment and the labour market. You are free to interpret the theme in which ever way you wish.

You are invited to submit 3 pieces of art (which don't have to be on the theme if you don't have any yet, but to show examples of your art) as JPEGs attached to an email itogether with a couple of paras about you and your work as an artist and why you would like to participate by 10th of March sent to Zita;

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The exhibition, hosted by the TUC Race Relations Committee, celebrates its seventh anniversary this year and was established to meet one of the TUC Stephen Lawrence Task Group objectives, to use the Marble Hall at the TUC to showcase the artistic talents of young black creatives. The exhibition aims to provide an opportunity for black and minority ethnic and migrant artists who are marginalised and face discrimination in the arts and culture sector as well as the disproportionate and multiple impact of austerity. 

The exhibition in full is available for hire or a smaller pop-up exhibition can be arranged for short term events. In addition to the TUC the exhibition has been hosted by a wide range of organisations and events including unions such as PCS, GMB, CWU, NEU and NASUWT as well as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and a range of events including a major conference on Climate Displacement. It will also be hosted in 2018 by GFTU, Slater and Gordon Solicitors offices  and the Bernie Grant Centre with more opportunities to be confirmed.

Venue in April

Address: The Marble Hall, TUC HQ, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS

Contact Zita Holbourne or Wilf Sullivan

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