Friday, 30 October 2015

Aubrey Williams and 'ACTS OF REBELLION'

Aubrey Williams, the Guyanese-born artist of the mid-twentieth century is enjoying a place of pride posthumously in London at the moment. His work is both featured in No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960 – 1990’  and the of Aubrey Williams: Realm of the Sun. Whilst his work pre-dated the majority of the activity undertaken by Eric and Jessica Huntley he also ties into their own narrative. Both Eric and Williams came from Georgetown, Guyana and came to settle in London – fighting for prominence and security both socially and artistically in the capital. Williams was also a active member of the Caribbean Artist Movement, a London-based creative grouping formed of writers, artists, filmmakers and musicians formed in 1966. The Huntley’s were too members of this society, who wished to establish their creative positions, amalgamating skill and creativity and promoting their work. Whilst all the artist, activists and key figures in No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960 – 1990’ were notable and brilliant in their own right, it was often this drawing together that allowed them to strengthen their messages, reach their goals and gain recognition.

‘Act of Rebellion’ explores this history of Black British communities, engaging acts of rebellion through creativity and community to coincide with Aubrey Williams: Realm of the Sun (find a full event description and link to tickets below). Beverley Mason, project manager for the No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action is chairing ‘Act 2’ of the programme, a conversation between Kimathi Donkor, painter curator and lecturer and Paterson Joseph, a writer and actor.  The day and seeks to explore art, music, creativity and politics and the change in artists way of approaching racial identity

Acts of Rebellion 

A day of events presented by October Gallery Education, to coincide with the exhibition, Aubrey Williams: Realm of the Sun. Join us to explore the history of black British communities engaged in acts of rebellion and innovation through creative platforms. We will reflect on black history and culture through pivotal movements within art, language and sound that challenged the status quo. Taking this history and placing it in today’s context, will parallels or ruptures with the past reveal possible futures?
Historically, creative movements that challenge the establishment have grown to inform popular culture, creating hybrid identities. But what counts as an act of rebellion? Is it defined by the agent or the context? Over the course of 3 ‘acts’ (sessions), we will examine black histories through the impact of ‘rule breaking’ within artistic communities. Focussing on visual arts, music and literature, we will unpick the connections between rebellion, identity and creative power. How have artistic innovations affected the political landscape of today? And to what extent are artistsdealing with racial identity differently?

The Power of Language, interactive workshop: Kayo Chingonyi, prize winning writer(Poetry review, Wasafiri, The Best British Poetry). 

Artists in conversation: Kimathi Donkor (Tate, Iniva, Peckham Platform), Paterson Joseph (Peep Show, Babylon, Othello).

6.00pm- 9.00pm 
Film screenings and D.J event with Soft Wax (Deptford Dub Club, Deptford X, Dilston Grove Gallery).
£3.00 for DJ event only, entry from 7 pm

Caribbean café and refreshments available.

Acts 1 - 3 will take place on the 2nd floor of the gallery, accessible by stairs only. 
The evening DJ event will take place on the ground floor of the Gallery. 

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