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Some of Us Are Brave



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Monday, 7 March 2022 to Sunday, 27 March 2022
Tuesday, 8 February 2022 - 6:00pm

Some of Us Are Brave is making a return in Oxford! We are proud to present some exciting new works by a range of artists including Michelle Ayavoro, Diana Rosa and Bryony Benge-Abbott on show to enjoy and purchase.

This powerhouse exhibition explores themes of the feminine, form and function in the production of Black women's art. The original exhibition showcased the work of nine emerging artists, variously expressing ideas of what it means to be a Black woman and artist in this moment. The exhibition will coincide with International Women's Day 2022 on 8th March and run for three weeks, so what better way to celebrate the unequivocal brilliance of women than through an exhibition showcasing the incredible talent and creative diversity of Black female artists!

Among the artists featured in the original show are Bokani and Hannah Uzor. Bokani appeared on the BBC1 'Painting Challenge' and was a winner of the public vote. We are delighted to feature some new works by Bokani whose vibrant paintings push at the boundaries of abstraction. Hannah, who often features on CNN & Sky News, portrait of Sarah Forbes Bonetta, (Queen's Victoria's Black goddaughter) is an emergent star. The exhibition features two earlier works: 'Don't Touch My Hair and 'Initiation: Journey to Womanhood' 

The title of the show takes its name from a book of Black feminist writings published in 1982 entitled:  All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave. The collection of essays was edited by Akasha (Gloria T.) Hull and Patricia Bell and was the first comprehensive writings on the issue of race and gender in the US, covering everything from racism and sexism to the role of Black female artists. It was also one of the first texts to talk about the intersection of class, race and gender as a way of explaining how Black women's views and experiences were often marginalised in conversations about race and gender.

Black women artists have used art to convey narratives about race, culture, identity as well as to document and celebrate Black life, but their artistic contributions are often overlooked. This exhibition will open up conversations about how art can provoke, inspire and transform our thinking on a range of issues from visual language to representation and ecology.

Please visit our website for more information and to purchase the artworks in the exhibition!

The exhibition has been curated by Sukai Eccleston, founder and owner of the social enterprise, CasildART. This is the third rendition of Some of Us Are Brave, which we intend to develop into a UK-wide touring exhibition. We have partnered with Fusion Arts, a catalyst for creative projects in the heart of East Oxford and beyond, to bring this new edition to Oxford. Fusion was established in 1977 to support social justice and education and have been working to host and initiate artistic projects that promote critical connections between artists and their local community.

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95 Gloucester Green, Oxford, OX1 2BU

Other events from Sukai Eccleston

Some of Us Are Brave
03/07/2022 to 03/27/2022
The Art of Curating the Black Subject

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