This month is the opening of the 13th edition of Dak’Art – Biennale of Contemporary African Art. Curated by Simon Njami for the second consecutive time, the biennial entitled The Red Hour will present works by 75 artists from 33 countries. In addition to the main exhibition the biennial will also include five projects by guest curators Cosmin Costinas, Marianne Hultman, Marisol Rodriguez, Alya Sebti, and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung.
A number of additional exhibitions and events are also programme as part of the biennial’s OFF.
Dak’Art 2018: 3 May – 2 June 2018, find out more here.
Back in the UK, the programme of events around Lubaina Himid’s exhibition Hard Times continues with ‘Imbalance Redressed’, a conversation about the under-representation of women in national and public art collections and how this is being addressed. With Mark Doyle, Christine Eyene, Lubaina Himid, Dr Ella S Mills and Hilary Robinson.
Other events include Little Little Man Man, a film installation by artist Tao Lashley-Burnley.
Imbalance Redressed, Wednesday 9 May 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Little Little Man Man, Thursday 17 May, 6.00pm -7.00pm
Venue: Harris Museum, Preston.
In Manchester, Sonia Boyce’s retrospective is still on at Manchester Art Gallery until 22 July. MAG is also hosting Black Artists & Modernism: Working with Public Collections Study Day, as part of their exhibition Speech Acts: Reflection-Imagination-Repetition to reflect on the questions raised by the exhibition: “what do public museums collect and why? Which works become highlights, and which lie forgotten in storage?”
Speech Acts, Friday 25 May 2018 – Monday 22 April 2019
Black Artists & Modernism: Working with Public Collections – Study Day
Fri 25 May 2018, 10:00 – 17:00
Venue: Manchester Art Gallery.
Moleskine Foundation launches a call for international creative talents to participate in its itinerant educational format AtWork. 4 AtWork workshops are planned in 2018 that will be united under the same topic: “I had a dream”. 100 participants, 100 dreams, 100 projects.
This AtWork programme is led by curator Simon Njami.
See here to find out more or to apply. Deadlines in May, June and October.
Watch this space for art news to come…