Its Black Archive & Collection houses an extensive number of artists’ and curators’ correspondence files, event posters, exhibition materials and other ephemera related to the Black Diaspora, spanning the 1980s and 1990s through to the present day.Some of the contemporary visual artists featured in the collection include: Chris Ofili, Sonia Boyce, Maud Sulter, Lubaina Himid, Claudette Johnson, Ingrid Pollard, George Hallet and Ben Patterson. Serpentine Pavilion 2017, designed by Francis Kéré – Award-winning architect Diébédo Francis Kéré, from Gando in Burkina Faso, was commissioned to design the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion.Over the past three decades autumn has become synonymous with the showcasing and promotion of exhibitions and events pertaining to the longevity and cultural contributions of BAME diaspora communities in the UK with histories, interdependencies and ancestral heritage linked to continental Africa, the Caribbean region, and the wider Global South.Since the earliest inception of BHM during the late 1980s, a number of national and local authority museums, archives and libraries have played a pivotal role foregrounding October as Britain’s preeminent month (but, importantly, not the only time of year) for shining a still much needed bright and positive spotlight on Britain’s diverse and long-established communities of colour, and the momentous aesthetic, cultural, socio-political, legislative and economic legacies that African and Caribbean diaspora peoples have contributed over many decades and, indeed, several centuries of settlement in the provinces and regions of Great Britain.The BCA’s Runnymede Collection is one of the nation’s most significant research resources on race relations in the UK, spanning the period from 1968 to the present day. British Library – the nation’s largest research library and document repository that provides an extensive “What’s On” guide about important public events and research holdings addressing aspects of Black British history.The ground-breaking autobiography of formerly enslaved 18th century African abolitionist Olaudah Equiano –‘The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African’ (London, c.
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This temporary architectural structure (displayed in Kensington Gardens, London, until 8 October 2017) was inspired by a tree in Kéré’s home town of Gando that serves as a central meeting point for the local community.
The beautiful, indigo blue painted wood and steel structure mimics a tree’s canopy, allowing air to circulate freely while also offering shelter from the rain and sun.
In addition, the celebrated art installation (and 4th Plinth commission) of ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’ (2010) by the award-winning British-Nigerian contemporary visual artist and Royal Academician Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) is one of the stand-out exhibits on permanent display at the National Maritime Museum. Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre – a national resource in the heart of central London featuring an extensive collection of poetry and audio-visual material showcasing spoken word performances and publications by literary artists of colour: from John Agard, Akala and Malika Booker through to Jackie Kay, Linton Kwesi Johnson (LKJ), and Benjamin Zephaniah. Science Museum – Every October the Science Museum (South Kensington, London) and its ‘sister’ sites within the Science Museum Group at the National Railway Museum, York, the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, and the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, develop showcase displays and host events to highlight the work of black scientists and achievers from Britain and around the world. V&A Museum – The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London is considered to be one of the world’s finest museums of art and design, and provides a regular schedule of free African Heritage Tours, as well as paid events, linked to exhibits and fine art objects with African and Caribbean provenance.
A wide-ranging and diverse collection of fashion and textiles, furniture, jewellery, ceramics, photography, political poster art, prints, drawings and paintings, as well as many other aspects of BAME theatre arts and decorative arts heritage, are documented and featured within the V&A’s displayed collections and archives.