Newsletter: February 2017

This month continues with a diary of exhibitions highlighting the historical and contemporary contributions by black artists to British art scene.

Sonia Boyce

Sonia Boyce’s We Move In Her Way opened at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and is on until 16 April. At Nottingham Contemporary, a major exhibition revisiting Britain’s 1980s ‘Black Art Movement’ with works that strongly resonate with today’s socio-political climate. The Place Is Here (until 30 Apr), co-curated by Nick Aikens from Van Abbemuseum and Sam Thorne, director of Nottingham Contemporary, also includes a rich programme of events; some of which organised in collaboration with New Art Exchange where Untitled: Art on the conditions of our time is on show until 19 March.

In Oxford, Lubaina Himid whose work has been the highlight of current art news will be in conversation with art historian Courtney J. Martin on Friday 17 Feb. This is part of Himid’s exhibition Invisible Strategies at Modern Art Oxford until 30 April, running concurrently to her other solo show, Navigation Charts at Spike Island, Bristol until 26 March.

In Africa, all eyes on Cape Town with two art fairs of note: the Cape Town Art Fair (17-19 Feb), with a programme curated by Tumelo Mosaka; and Art Africa Fair (24/02 – 05/03) bringing together the curatorial visions of Salimata Diop, Uche Okpa-Iroha, Pierre-Christophe Gam, and a mentor-mentee duologue between Thembinkosi Goniwe and Ruzy Rusike.


Cap Prize: Contemporary African Photography Prize, deadline for submission: 7 Feb.

Open Call for African Educators in Photography, Mindelo, Cabo Verde, applications close 15 Feb.

ICI Curatorial Intensive in Accra, deadline: 24 Feb.

Africa Art Lines, travel grants between Morocco and the African continent for perfoming arts projects, deadline 5 March.

Call for papers: Symposium – Photographs Beyond Ruins: Women and Photography in Africa, London, deadline: 17 March.

Image courtesy: Steve Mvondo.

Finally, YaPhoto, Cameroon’s new photography platform, is soon to announce its 2017 programme with a number of international collaborations that will culminate in a programme of events to be held in Yaounde in November 2017.
Themed Picturing the Present YaPhoto 2017 will seek to probe the Cameroonian photographic gaze and aim to showcase compelling visual narratives reflecting the social and cultural contexts that make up Cameroon’s diversity.
This edition will be opened to Cameroonian, African and Diaspora photographers and video artists in a bid to foster a dialogue between local and international practitioners whose work explore both personal and collective narratives. Open calls will be sent out in the coming months.


Watch this space for more art news!




Cover image: Lubaina Himid, A Fashionable Marriage, 1986. Courtesy the artist & Hollybush Gardens. Photo Matthew Birchall & Tao Lashley-Burnley.

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