100 Black women who have made a mark

1 October 2024 - 4 January 2025

 

100 Black Women Who Have Made A Mark seeks to redress the erasure of Black women from portraiture in the UK.  Led by Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage, the project will centre around an exhibition featuring the portraits of 100 Black women with connections to Britain and Ireland, curated by Pawlet Brookes with artwork by visual artists: Valerie Asiimwe Amani, Yvadney Davis, Gayle Ebose, Grace Lee and Lauryn Pinard.  The cover image, by Patricia Vester, encompasses the spirit of the project and everyone who has been a part of the journey.

Collectively, the portraits celebrate Black women who have made a significant positive change across a diverse range of sectors including activism, arts, education, politics, science and technology.  The portraits each bring a different aesthetic, encapsulating the tenacity, leadership and invisible power of Black womanhood.  Sitting alongside the exhibition will be a series of podcasts, providing an opportunity for each woman (or those who knew her) to tell her story.

The 100 Black Women Who Have Made A Mark exhibition will run from 1 October 2024 – 4 January 2025 at Leicester Gallery with an exhibition catalogue of all the portraits available to purchase.  The podcast series will be available on all major podcasting platforms.  In due course, the portraits will be available to view as part of Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage’s Living Archive, alongside a documentary film providing an insight into the creative process and heritage research.

The Artists

(above from left to right)

Gayle Ebose

Gayle Ebose studied Broadcast Journalism at Nottingham Trent University and received her postgraduate in Fine Art Painting at Camberwell College of Arts at the University of Arts London.  Ebose has exhibited in galleries across London including the Saatchi Gallery and Copeland Gallery.

Grace Lee

Grace Lee is a multidisciplinary artist of Jamaican and Scottish heritage from Sheffield.  Lee is a Delphian Gallery Open Call Winner 2023 and has exhibited with Monaverse Lisbon,  The Museum of Colour (Manchester Poetry Library, Bodleian Libraries and Pitt’s River Museum) and the Hagtitude exhibition at The Gallery 54 in Mayfair.

Yvadney Davis

Yvadney Davis is an award-winning Black British contemporary portrait artist from South London.  Her work is a love letter to the Windrush Generation of her grandparents and its descendants, combining soulful brush strokes and defiant colour with iconic design elements of the “West Indian front room”.

Valerie Asiimwe Amani

Valerie Asiimwe Amani is a Tanzanian born, UK based interdisciplinary artist and writer.  Amani holds a MFA from The Ruskin School of Art.  She is the recipient of the 2021 Ashmolean Museum Vivien Leigh Prize for a work on paper and winner for the 2022 Ingram Art Prize.  Her work has been featured by Art Monthly, Hyperallergic and the BBC.

Lauryn Pinard

Lauryn Pinard is a London-based Franco-Haitian cross-disipline artist spanning phtogorapher, filmmaker, researcher and dance artist whose practice engages with the body as archive.  She was Artist-in-Residence at Academy Mews Dance Studio in autumn 2022 and premiered her film series Moun Dlo as part of the Dancing with Decolonisation 2022 conference.

The Selection Panel

 

Pawlet Brookes

Pawlet Brookes MBE is the founder, CEO and artistic director of Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage.  An experienced and highly respected senior leader and producer, Brookes has been at the forefront of the development of Black arts in the UK.  Brookes pioneered the establishment of an annual dance festival in Leicester since 2011, Let’s Dance International Frontiers, and coordinates the high profile annual Black History Month Leicester and has edited over 20 publications.  Brookes was awarded an MBE for services to the arts and cultural diversity in the 2022 New Year Honours and made an Honorary Fellow of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2023.

Roshini Kempadoo

Roshini Kempadoo is a media artist, photographer and scholar. Her research, multimedia and photographic projects combine factual and fictional re-imaginings of contemporary experiences, histories and memories.  Kempadoo has been active in documenting Caribbean communities, events, rights issues, and individuals in the UK and the Caribbean. She was instrumental in setting up Autograph, the Association of Black Photographers in the late 1980s, and worked as a documentary photographer for Format Picture Agency (1983 – 2003).  She is Reader with CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media), at Westminster School of Arts, University of Westminster. She is represented by Autograph ABP, London.

Sandra Pollock

Sandra Pollock OBE is a serial entrepreneur and a multi-award-winning Leadership, Management, Diversity and Inclusion, Executive Business Coach and Consultant, Founder and CEO of The Women’s Awards and SHINE Magazine.  She also specialises in organisational change, advising senior level Leaders to make people and business decisions that align with their values and strategy, taking their staff with them to improved staff engagement, business profit and growth.  At the start of 2021, Pollock was listed in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List and awarded the honour of an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to Equality.

 

CALL OUT: Volunteer Gallery Invigilators

 

The exhibition for 100 Black Women Who Have Made A Mark will run from 1 October 2024 – 4 January 2025 at Leicester Gallery, which is located at the De Montfort University campus. 

 

The Volunteer Gallery Invigilators are required only for the duration of the exhibition.

 

The deadline to apply is Friday 30 August 2024, 5:00 PM (BST)

Application details

gal-dem Exhibition

Leicester Gallery De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester
Tuesday 1 October 2024 – Saturday 4 January 2025 Leicester Gallery, De Montfort University Free   Presented by Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and

Private View – 100 Black Women Who Have Made A Mark

Leicester Gallery De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester
Tuesday 1 October 6.00pm *By Invitation* ——————————————————————————   The exhibition will be open to the Public: Wednesday 2 October 2024 ― Saturday 4 January

100 Black Women Who Have Made A Mark Exhibition

Leicester Gallery De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester
100 Black Women Who Have Made A Mark seeks to redress the erasure of Black women from portraiture in the UK.  Led by Serendipity
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