Until 24th January 2016
Until 24th January 2016, the exhibition No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960 – 1990, on show at the Guildhall Art Gallery, takes a fresh look at black identity in British culture.
The Guildhall Art Gallery in London investigates black identity, its heritage, its creative expression and the political engagement of Black British artists who fought to get their voices heard from 1960 – 1990. “We wanted to do something to recognise the contribution of Black artists to British art history,” explains Katy Pearce, curator at the Guildhall Art Gallery. Centre stage is the social and political history of post-war black British artists, and this exhibition highlights the work of Eric and Jessica Huntley, militants from Guyana who founded a publishing house in central London in 1968: Bogle L’Ouverture. It was named after the heroes of the Caribbean resistance Paul Bogle and Toussaint L’Ouverture and became an important hub for black British art.
No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960 – 1990 brings together work by 25 artists including Eddie Chambers, Errol Lloyd, Denzil Forrester, Sonia Boyce, Keith Piper and Sokari Douglas-Camp. The public can also enjoy an interactive installation created by artist and curator Michael McMillan. It is an impressive recreation of the Huntley’s famous shop, together with a selection of works by black British artists.
In the heart of the City of London, the exhibition No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960 – 1990 is a multimedia event of a unique kind, combining art and archives with flair, using sculpture, paintings, literature, photo archives and video, all really worth visiting. With Michael McMillan’s multi-sensory installation, the Guildhall Art Gallery pays an impressive tribute to black British culture. It invites the visitor to take a fresh look at the major works of black British artists that have changed the history of the country forever. By following the trail of Jessica and Eric Huntley, the iconic pioneers of the movement, the public goes back in time and is immersed in the creative atmosphere of 1960s’ British culture. A highly colourful visual spectacle!
For further details on the exhibition at the Guildhall Art Gallery
Place : Guildhall Art Gallery
Address : Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE
District : City of London
Open hours : Monday-Saturday: 10am - 5pm. Sunday: noon-4pm
Transport : Metro: Bank