[DAMTP comment: A couple of Asemic hypergraphical paintings by Tae Ateh as well as some DAMTP papers are in this exhibition in rememberance of Stephen Lawrence by the Trade Union Congress in London which will be on this weekend and next week].
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.
Now in its fourth year and a touring exhibition and arts collective, the exhibition was established to showcase the art of predominantly young black artists in recognition of the multiple impact of austerity on young black workers and the existing institutional racism in the arts and culture sector and to meet one of the recommendations of the TUC Stephen Lawrence Task Group to use the Marble Hall at TUC Headquarters as a space to showcase the talents of black creatives. The exhibition features the art of young black and also migrant artists.
The exhibition in full is available for higher or a smaller pop-up exhibition can be arranged for short term events. In previous year’s the exhibition has been shown at the PCS Union HQ, PCS Black Members Seminar, CWU Black Workers Conference, GMB HQ and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in addition to the TUC.
The exhibition runs from 15th to 22nd April in the Marble Hall at Congress House and features the art and photography of:
ZITA; POET~ARTIST~ACTIVIST -
NIZAR TAHA HAJJ AHMAD -
TAE ATEH -
CAMILLA DANIEL -
DARREN JOHNSON -
SAMIA MALIK -
RIMIKE OMOLEKULO -
A selection of artwork from the exhibition can be viewed below and art in the exhibition will be for sale.
Rakesh Patel, Head of Employment Rights Strategy at Thompsons Solicitors said:
“We’re very proud to be sponsoring the Roots Culture Identity exhibition reception at the TUC Black Workers Conference for the fourth year running to celebrate young black artists.
Now, against a climate of racism towards migrants and refugees, it is more important than ever to remember the legacy of Stephen Lawrence and to remember that black people are still disproportionately disadvantaged by government cuts, as well as other minority communities.”
Zita Holbourne, artist, exhibition curator, TUC Race Relations Committee & PCS National Executive Committee said:
“I am delighted to be curating such an important exhibition once again, as we strive for a better world artists have a key role to play in challenging discrimination and injustice and the exhibition provides an opportunity for the ideas of those most marginalised in society to be seen and felt through their art. Institutional racism in the arts together with cuts to funding mean there are fewer opportunities for black and migrant artists to start let alone build careers in the arts. The art in the exhibition provides a visual narrative of the times we live in and the struggles we experience.”
Wilf Sullivan, TUC Race Equality Officer said:
“Art plays an important role in the fight for justice and which is why this Art Exhibition has become an integral part of the TUC Black Workers’ Conference. I am pleased that it provides a unique space and opportunity for young Black artists to show their work an exposes them to an audience that they would not otherwise have access to. In a time when state funding of the arts has been decimated and the support for young black artists is at an all-time low, it is important that the TUC provides and continues to provide opportunities for Black artists to showcase their work.”
Press are invited to attend the private view and opening reception sponsored by Thompsons Solicitors taking place from 6-9pm on Friday 15th of April. Zita Holbourne, Wilf Sullivan and artists will be available for interview.
Roots, Culture, Identity art exhibition takes place from 15th of 22nd April 2016 in The Marble Hall, TUC HQ, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS