Black History Month 2022 at Arts SU 

As we gather together to celebrate Black History, we reflect on the ways in which we define what Joy means to us. Throughout the years, it is the moments of joy that have carried us through the ebbs and flows of life. It is in the search of joy that the fire for great change is fuelled. Through our desire to find and hold onto joy in its absence, we have birthed the art forms, genres and cuisines that we celebrate today. Despite the challenging past,and present, we would like to take a moment to pause and celebrate the small moments of joy leading us towards the future. By curating spaces that champion this notion, we can showcase the abundance of talent within UAL. Join us as we celebrate the past, present and future this Black History Month and beyond.

 

CSM Window Gallery - The Art of Joy - Through Fashion

Location: Central Saint Martins Window Galleries

Dates: 29th September - 7th November

Arts Students’ Union and the UAL African and Caribbean Society are pleased to present The Art of Joy: Through Fashion, an installation that celebrates and highlights the talent, contributions, and multi-faceted nature of the Black designers at UAL, on view at CSM Window Galleries. As we gather together to celebrate Black History Month, our installation will seek to reflect the ways in which joy is expressed through the practice of design and aims to give space for designers to move away from depictions of the Black experience centred purely on trauma. This installation features fourteen unique designs - all distinct in their concepts, approach, and styles yet being underpinned by the notion that moments of Joy and celebration hold a strength that has and continues to lead us towards change. This exhibition is curated by Armani Sutherland, Ti’onne Debnam and Alyshia Jack. Arts Students’ Union and the UAL African Caribbean Society would like to thank The University of The Arts London for making this exhibition possible.

 

Koppel X Gallary - The Art of Joy: Exhibition

Location: Koppel X, 48 Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, London, W1B 5RA

Dates: 21 – 31 October (Private view: 20 October, 17:30 – 20:30)

Arts Students’ Union and the UAL African and Caribbean Society are pleased to present The Art of Joy, an exhibition that celebrates and highlights the talents of the Black community at UAL, on view at Koppel X. As we gather together to celebrate Black History Month, our exhibition will seek to reflect the ways in which joy is expressed through artistic exploration and aims to give space for artists to move away from depictions of the Black experience centred purely on trauma. Although we continue to witness events that cause long overdue global reckoning with racism on an institutional and societal level, this year we want to make room for joy, innovation and honourable resilience. We continue to revel in long history of culture, art forms, genres and cuisines that have been influenced and birthed by the Black community, we are excited to hold space for our artists to show us what joy means to them and our culture. This multifaceted exhibition will present artists currently studying at the University of the Arts London.While each artist is distinct in their concepts, approach, and styles, what underpins and connects them to each other is the notion that moments of Joy and celebration hold a strength that can lead us towards change. This exhibition is curated by Armani Sutherland, Ti’onne Debnam and Alyshia Jack. Arts Students’ Union and the UAL African Caribbean Society would like to thank Koppel X and The University of The Arts London for making this exhibition possible

 

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 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.