BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS

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How do we honour our enslaved ancestors when there are no graves with wilting flowers to freshen, to shed remembrance tears? Their brief, harrowing lives ended in fields of indigo, cotton, logwood, and sugar. Their names listed in colonial ledgers as stock inventory are dehumanising chattel words. Who are they, and how do we mourn them?

Lucille Junkere’s entire body of work explores these questions. Her latest offering is a tribute to Africans enslaved to work on Jamaican plantations, whose stories she encounters through her ongoing indigo dye and tropical pigment research. She presents this work, inspired by West African masks, as a Libation, an alternative to the African Caribbean ritual of pouring rum onto the ground as an offering to spirits and deceased souls.

EXHIBITION HOURS

Saturday 1 October 10am – 4pm

ACTIVITY Sunday 2 October Indigo Workshop -Booking essential see below

Monday 3 October 10am – 4pm

Tuesday 4 October 10am -4pm

ACTIVITY 5pm – 8pm Safe Space crits – Booking Essential see below

Wednesday 5 October 10am – 8pm

Thursday 6 October 10am – 4pm

ACTIVITY TO BE CONFIRMED

LAST DAY Friday 7 October 10am – 5pm

Venue – 105a Euston Street, London NW1 2EW. Click HERE for transport links


Sunday October 2 2022, 10am – 4pm

Indigo Dye Workshop – Healing and Reconnection

This Black History Month offering is a workshop aimed at Black participants whose cultural histories have been disrupted through colonisation and the transatlantic slave trade.

During this one day workshop you will explore ways to make an African centred cultural connection to this beautiful material. You will learn how to set up two different indigo dye recipes suitable for plant and protein fibres. Using traditional West African stitching and binding techniques you will create a range of fabric samples and dye a large silk scarf ideal for use as special night time Afro hair cover or during the day as a head wrap. Lucille will share excerpts from her ongoing tropical pigment research, examples from her own work and pieces from her collection of Nigerian indigo dyed cloths.

Cost – The workshop is £60 but as Lucille has secured funding she is able to offer some full and partial bursaries. Places are limited as the venue is small. Please complete a short application using this LINK

Venue – 105a  Euston Street, London NW1 2EW. Click HERE for transport links

Refreshments/Lunch – Tea and coffee and biscuits will be provided but you will need to bring lunch or funds to buy from the excellent cafes and restaurants located in nearby Drummond Street.

What to wear – Comfy clothing that you don’t mind getting stained with indigo or an apron and comfortable enclosed shoes.

What to bring – Rubber gloves, a note book and pen/pencil and waterproof bags to take home your samples.

Materials – All materials will be provided but please bring and extra £5 or £10 if you want to buy an indigo dyeing kit to make your own indigo recipe at home.


Tuesday 4 October 2022 5pm – 8pm

SAFE SPACE CRITS FOR VISUAL ARTISTS

Are you a Black visual artist whose work explores culture, identity, prejudice or marginalisation? Do you have lived experience of racism? Are you looking for an affirming space to discuss your work? If so, this intergenerational opportunity invites you to share your work with other Black visual artists in a safe and supportive environment. It does not matter whether you went to art school or acquired your skills through adult learning centres or self-directed learning; if you are looking for constructive insightful feedback, this space is for you.

The event is FREE but booking is essential. Click HERE to book

Venue – 105a Euston Street, London NW1 2EW. Click HERE for transport links

Image Yellow and Green by Image by starline and Image by vector_corp on Freepik


PIGMENTS AS CATALYSTS FOR ACTION, DECOLONIZATION & HEALING: A STORY-SHARING EVENT

Tuesday, October 11 2022, 2pm (NB this is Mountain time which is 7 hours behind GMT). Click here for Zoom link

What histories, what ancestors, what genetic material, what records are present in the plants and minerals that become artists’ pigments, and what kinds of relationships, across time and culture, spring from reckonings with these histories? How can wild pigments activate decolonization and healing, from reclaiming ancestral knowledge, to Land Back, to anti-racist activism, to learning how to be a good guest, to environmental repair? A series of short tales told by pigment artists will be followed by Q&A and, if time allows, an open mic for audience members to share their own stories of pigment decolonization.

The event accompanies Wild Pigment Project, a group exhibition at Form and Concept Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. USA featuring the work of over two dozen international artists (including Lucille ) who pair their unique and sometimes ephemeral artwork alongside the foraged pigments which form their personal libraries. Wild Pigment Project is presented in conjunction with Elkins’ solo exhibition Records of Being Held.The exhibition is curated by Tilke Elkins in conjunction Elkin’s solo exhibition Records of Being Held.

Click here for press release

Image courtesy Tilke Elkins


MAKING MEANING

Saturday 16 July 2022 – 2pm – 5pm ONLINE

I’ll be joining Ruth Singer and other amazing creatives for Ruth’s online Making Meaning gathering.

What is it?

It’s not a standard online conference where you just sit and listen. It’s much more active. There will be different kinds of sessions including discussions, films and small groups to meet and talk to others. There will be things to do and take part in or you can just listen if you prefer. You can meet like-minded people and be part of fascinating conversations to spark your creativity and learn new things.

How much does it cost?

Nothing! This event is free to attend thanks to funding from Arts Council England as part of Ruth’s Criminal Quilts project. However, if you are able to pay towards the speaker and organiser costs contributions are welcome. For more information and bookings Please click here

Wednesday 8 December 2021 1 – 4pm

ONLINE FREE

An afternoon symposium of presentations and poetry readings from within the arts and sciences that celebrate the colours of the rainbow. I’ll be presenting a short piece about indigo. Tickets are free but booking is essential. Book here

Two upcoming online events hosted by the lovely Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft

TALK : Indigo – The Deep Dark Blues (online)

Lucille will outline her artistic career to date, and present her latest research focusing on the legacy of colonialism in African Caribbean indigo history exploring the idea of reconnections. Lucille’s presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with audience members.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND TO BOOK CLICK HERE

WORKSHOP : The Blues: An Introduction to Dyeing with Natural Indigo (online)

Saturday 3 July 2021 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Click here for more information

Learn how to create and maintain a non toxic indigo recipe; ideal for achieving medium to dark indigo blues with plant fibres. Other recipes suitable for protein fibres and lighter blues will be discussed during the session and you will receive a list of recipes and resources. Materials are supplied but you will need to provide your own equipment.

Panel Member – Pigments Revealed Symposium June 16 – 19 2021

Pigments Revealed Symposium 2021 is the first professional, international and cross-disciplinary symposium dedicated to natural pigments. Focus will be on mineral and earth or land pigments (botanical, synthetic and all pigment people welcome!). All talks and events are online (and recorded to view again later) in a virtual conference space for 2021.


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