Black History Month 2021 at Arts SU 

Arts SU believes in fairer, safer and more supportive communities for our students. 

Advancing work on anti-racism is core to this mission. 

Through Black History Month and “Looking Forward”, we celebrate the culture, creativity and resilience of our Black students. 

We will do this by exploring and supporting important campaigns such as Black Lives Matter, continue the legacy of Sabbatical Officer campaigns such as Decolonizing the Curriculum, developing and support of Black Leadership in our communities including the Union and our student communities, and provide events and activities which that build and nurture the Black Community at UAL. 

*The term Black is used here to refer to people of African and/or Caribbean descent. 

BHM Exhibition – Looking Forward in Window Galleries CSM (24th Sept – 3rd November)  

This year Arts SU put out an open call for students to showcase their work in the Window Galleries at CSM to celebrate Black creatives at UAL. The theme for this year was “Looking Forward” - the relationship between reflecting and evolving when it comes to our history and lived experiences.  The work for this year's Black History Month exhibition has been selected and curated by the Arts SU's Sabbatical Officers and members of the African and Caribbean Society. 

The exhibiting artists include:  
 Sarah Ejionye | Adama Dercilia Bari | Davinia Clarke | TORISHÉJU Francesca Dumi | Kiah Nicole Fisher | Amandine Forest | Pearl Gerald | Shashamani | Kiara Zadiq Morris | Precious Seronga | Shane Sutherland | Petra Raissa Nogueira | Damilola Vaughan

More information about the exhibition can be found here 

Student Groups /Community Support 

Arts SU is committed to creative a thriving social and support network for our members and our Black students. We have a wide array of student-led groups and community forums students can access throughout the year in the Students’ Union. These include: 

University of the Arts London's African Caribbean Society (UAL:ACS) 

University of the Arts London's African Caribbean Society (UAL:ACS) is a community for those who love to experience enriched African and Caribbean culture. We aim to host a number of monthly events including interactive workshops, industry talks, exhibitions, screenings, and socials. We look forward to presenting a creative space that enables pride in identity, culture, and origin. Members of our society will make connections with creative, like-minded people. UAL:ACS aspires to make your university experience that little bit better. 

https://www.ualacs.co.uk/ 

Arts SU Companion Scheme 

We have set up a number of companion groups during the term, you can select one or more on the form to let us know your interest in joining. Details on how to join the groups will be sent out to all companions. We have a specific group for Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic students to ask questions, support and chat. If you are a BAME student, you are also welcome to join this group to get to know more students at UAL. 
 
Sign up by emailing: companionscheme@su.arts.ac.uk  

Black History Month London 2021 

This year we have partnered with the organisation International Black History Month UK , a local social enterprise based in London to provide you with a range of online and in-person events you can attend to celebrate BHM and learn about the achievements/contributions the African and Caribbean community have made to the UK’s history and culture.  These events include: 
 
1. [Online] 1st October, 7.30-8.30pm: BHM Launch Party QuizRegister Here 

2. [In-Person] 16th October, 12-5pm: BHM Treasure HuntInfo Here 
*The event starts in Trafalga Square at 12 midday and UAL students only need to pay £4 for the event by entering the code BHMUKSTU at purchase of their ticket on the Eventbrite.  

3. [Online] 30th October, 8.30-10pm: BHM UK Watch Party WeekenderInfo Here 

The city of London is full of opportunities to learn and celebrate Black history, culture and communities during October as well as all year around. We have put a list of information together here.  

Black Students Directory 

Last year, the African & Caribbean Society and the Students’ Union put together an extensive list of support services, groups and programmes across UAL and the Arts SU specific to Black Students. You can view this list on our website page and download it as a resource.