THS students to investigate seminal artists from the British Black Arts Movement
Our Year 8 and 9 students are undertaking a project in their Art lessons focussing on and celebrating the work of artists who defined the British Black Arts Movement.
The project is also open as an extra curricular activity for all students in the Senior School.
Founded in 1982, the British Black Arts Movement was inspired by anti-racist discourse and feminist critique and sought to highlight issues of race and gender and the politics of representation.
The project involves analysis and discussion of works by artists including Chris Ofili, Kara Walker, Ingrid Pollard, Yinka Shonibare, Donald Rodney and Sonia Boyce. A firm focus will be placed on colonialism, racism and the experiences of immigrants in the UK.
This week, the girls will be focussing on the work of Sonia Boyce, the first black artist to enter the Tate collection in 1985, and Chris Ofili’s ‘No Woman, No Cry’ – a Turner Prize-winning piece about Stephen Lawrence, the teenage boy who was murdered in an unprovoked racist attack in London in 1993.
Students will then be challenged to undertake an independent research assignment to further explore the Black Arts movement and investigate how these artists have contributed to British culture.