All posts filed under: Urban

Voices from the Front Line

Voices From The Front Line is a multimedia arts and heritage project engaging young people aged 13-25​ from diverse backgrounds from our local Borough of Lambeth providing them with opportunities to learn new skills, be creative and investigate the heritage of their local area through archive visits, workshops, and creative activities. Voices from the Front Line explores an important aspect of Brixton’s heritage which is the political and social history of Railton road, known for being home to the Caribbean community in the post Windrush period and site of social uprisings in the 1980’s. Against a backdrop of increasing gentrification and social change the project aims to document the sites, personalities and events which have shaped the area. As part of the investigation into this once contested space, beyond, during and after the 1980s the project asks: ‘What characterises the spirit of Railton Road, and, what does the space now mean for people who visited and lived on the street?’ Voices from the Front Line 9 February – 23 March 2018 Private View: Friday 9 …

Newsletter: October 2016

October opened in London with the art fairs as main highlights. An addition to Frieze, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (6-9 Oct) continues to grow from strength to strength, taking up more of Somerset House and broadening the scope of its projects. These ranged from the impressive installation of by Zak Ové, Black and Blue: The Invisible Man and the Masque of Blackness – forty two-metre-high black graphite sculptures investing the whole fountain space, until 15 October); the holistic and sustainable approach of artist Barthélémy Toguo turned coffee barista for the occasion who presented a Mobile Cafeteria, giving the visitors an opportunity to taste the coffee produced as part of his art centre activities, Bandjoun Station (in Bandjoun, Western Cameroon) along with limited edition cups and packs of coffee illustrated with the artist’s work;  through to the historical retrospective of one of Malian photography father figures Malick Sidibé. Additionally, the Black Artists and Modernism research group led by Professor Sonia Boyce, Dr. David Dibosa and Professor Paul Goodwin held a major conference (6-8 Oct) at Tate Britain and …

Alice Marcelino: Kindumba

On the occasion of OPEN SOURCE 2016 (28-29 May), a public space arts festival initiated by Marie d’Elbée, photographer Alice Marcelino was invited to bring her Kindumba project to Gillett Square in Dalston (London). Kindumba (2013 to now) meaning My Hair in Kimbundo – one of Angola’s languages – celebrates black hair and its diversity by challenging conventional views of standard beauty and the concept of blackness. This element of the festival, proposed by curator Christine Eyene, sought to bring together the local African and Caribbean communities and address on-going questions relating to aesthetic canons, identity politics, and black visual representations in the media. Members of the public were invited to have their hairstyles photographed by Alice on Saturday 28. A slideshow of the project with a selection of pictures taken in Gillett Square were then screened on Sunday 29. Visit Alice Marcelino’s website. Find out more on Open Source festival. Click on any image below to view the photo gallery.

Rusangano Family @ Ormston House

“Rusangano Family may have made the most important Irish album in years. Both as social document and artistic endeavour it certainly doesn’t have many rivals.” – Golden Plec. Ormston House is proud to host an interactive workshop with Rusangano Family sharing the creative processes involved in writing, recording and producing their new album Let The Dead Bury The Dead. The workshop will include Q&A, conceptual realisation, writing approaches, and beat-making. Participants will be encouraged to contribute and collaborate. Find out more on Rusangano Family here: Workshop: Thursday 2 June 2016, 6-8pm Admission is free and all are welcome. The workshop is the next manifestation of the Murder Machine project curated by Christine Eyene in collaboration with Ormston House and in partnership with EVA International and Making Histories Visible. For more information, contact Ormston House on