Black History Month: Looking Forward
The Arts Students’ Union at UAL is run for students by students. This means we ensure the student voice is at the heart of our work, priorities and direction for each academic year. We aim to empower students to speak out and make change through their Student Union. Advancing work on anti-racism is core to this mission.
Through Black History Month and beyond, we celebrate the culture, creativity and resilience of our Black students. We explore and support important campaigns such as Black Lives Matter, Decolonizing the Curriculum, developing Black Leadership in our communities, and providing opportunities in which to build and nurture the Black Community at UAL.
“After this year of awakening and movement towards acknowledgement of truths we were already too familiar and aware of, what do we want to share about our lived histories as they are now? Moving forward, how do we want our thoughts on Blackness and lived experiences to be documented, shared and learned from? What is the relationship between reflecting and evolving when it comes to our history and lived experiences? How can our image evolve through art for the future?”
Rachel Williams, Arts SU Education Sabbatical Officer
“At UAL, artists from all over the world arrive to learn and explore their creative practice. Despite the universities reputation for success, there are not always opportunities for creatives to exhibit their talents while studying. ACS is a space where artists of colour come together in a welcoming and inviting space. We aim to provide a platform for collaboration and pathways to opportunities. Young artists of colour have a significantly harder time breaking into the creative industries. This is why the Arts SU Black History Month exhibition at CSM is so important. To provide a space where we can not only celebrate Black talent and creativity, but to present the opportunity for some artists to exhibit professionally for the first time, is an amazing opportunity. We aim to continue to provide a platform for artists of colour all year round, to excel and nurture the great talents that stand before us.”
University of the Arts London's African Caribbean Society (UAL:ACS)
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.
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
A selection of artworks exhibited are also available for purchase through Made in Arts London, an initiative run through the Arts SU to support students in developing their skills and knowledge in becoming a professional creative. 100% of the commission from each sale will go directly to the student. Please visit madeinartslondon.com to support these emerging artists!