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Black Blossoms exhibition in Liverpool

19 September 2017 by Mitty

traditional African design of a Sankofa bird

One of a series of carved laser cut panels based on the Ashanti Adinkra symbols by Artist Merissa Hylton

About a month ago I had the pleasure of meeting Bee Tajudeen and Cynthia Silveria when they were up visiting Liverpool and popped into the International Slavery Museum. Bee is the founder of Black Blossoms, she and tell us about the organisation and their incredible exhibition which is on until 30 September in the Royal Standard in Liverpool. Artist Merrissa Hylton also talks about her work which is featured as part of the display.

Black Blossoms, an organisation which aims to amplify the voices of Black women in the creative industries, have begun their art exhibition tour across the UK. Their first location is The Royal Standard Gallery in Liverpool. The exhibition explores socio-political issues, feminism and self love from the perspective of self identifying Black women artists, living in Britain in 2017.

The group exhibition, initiated by a call out for work, includes ‘Narratives’ from  Merissa Hylton. Her work is inspired by the connection, particularly that of the Maroons of Jamaica and their West African ancestors and heritage. A lot of her work focuses, in particular, on the relationship between Jamaican and Ghanaian heritage and traditional art.

Merissa explains the ‘Narrative’ series and the importance of symbols and meanings to African and Caribbean communities:

Gye Nyame – Adinkra symbol laser cut by artist Merissa Hylton

“The ‘Narratives’ collection is a set of carved laser cut panels based on the Ashanti Adinkra symbols. Many of these symbols can be found across the Caribbean, but many people do not know, or realise the history behind them. Read more…

Zine Queen blogs on Saturday’s free workshop

2 August 2017 by Sarah

 

This Saturday (5 August), come and explore self-publishing as a creative method of activism in our free workshop on zine-making! Inspired by our Art of Solidarity exhibition, which closes this weekend. Here, Seleena Laverne Daye, who will be running the event, blogs about zines, identity and activism: Read more…

Use Art as an Activist!

31 July 2017 by Stef

Front cover of Seleena Laverne Day’s ‘Brown Girl’ zine

As we come to the final weeks of Art of Solidarity, an exhibition of vibrant Cuban posters from the 1960s and 70s showing solidarity with African liberation movements including the opposition to South African Apartheid and Angola’s fight for independence, we will be taking inspiration from these revolutionary Cuban poster artists to offer visitors the opportunity to participate in events that aim to further explore the capacity of art forms to be a powerful tool of activism and a means to create dialogue.

“For the closing weekend of Art of Solidarity, we will be exploring activism through self- publishing, in an artist-led workshop delivered by Manchester based zine-maker Seleena Laverne Daye.

“A zine is a small circulation, self- published work, normally produced very cheaply using a photocopier and distributed through friends, fairs or by sale online. A zine can cover any topic from politics, popular culture, film, photography, history, food to perzines (personal zines), which focus on the individual experiences of the writer. Due to the lack of censorship within this medium, zines can also offer their authors an empowering platform to challenge established narratives and share their views with others, arguably forming an important record of social history that may explore viewpoints that are marginalised in mainstream media channels.

“Author of DIY publications ‘Poor Lass’ and ‘Brown Girl’, Seleena’s zines explore topics related to race, class and gender:

Growing up as a working class woman of colour, I aim, through my art and zines, to create a space for working class people and women of colour. To be able to tell and share their stories in their own voices, as they so often don’t get the chance to.” – Seleena Laverne Daye

“We are delighted to welcome Seleena to International Slavery Museum on Saturday 5th August to discuss the activism within her own zines and art, share some of her favourite zines and explain how to get involved in making and distributing DIY publications. Visitors will also have the chance to begin their own zine projects and make a badge to take away too!

Embroidered Black Lives Matter patch

Seleena’s zine-making workshop will take place on Saturday 5th August 1-3pm. Free but booking is advised due to limited places.

We will also be offering a tour of Art of Solidarity before this workshop at 12.30pm

If you are interested in finding out more about zine culture, our closest zine library is Salford Zine Library, a unique archive of self published materials housed at Nexus Art Café in Manchester, where visitors can find over 1500 publications to browse.

Look out for Wednesday’s special blog, from Seleena Laverne Daye , who is running the zine workshop!

 

 

National Museums Liverpool is out and proud!

27 July 2017 by Andrew

National Museums Liverpool’s Pride banner

We commemorate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality this week with the opening of the exhibition Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity at the Walker Art Gallery. The exhibition brings together a diverse range of artists who have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967. Read more…

Art Nouveau experience: Alphonse Mucha at the Walker

19 July 2017 by Simon Birtall

Reverie (detail), Alphonse Mucha © Mucha Trust 2017

I am in the extremely fortunate position at present of being a tour guide at the Walker Art Gallery’s exhibition of work by Art Nouveau master Alphonse Mucha, ‘In Quest of Beauty’. The exhibition presents visitors with a rare and privileged opportunity to spend time amongst the beautiful artwork of an artist and illustrator whose story is at once fascinating, moving and unexpected.

Read more…

A personal introduction to Edo Pop.

14 June 2017 by Frank Milner

Man

Frank Milner

I have been collecting Japanese woodblock prints for over 40 years . To begin with I saw prints like these as reproductions in books about French Impressionist pictures Read more…

Coming soon: Edo Pop

11 May 2017 by Andrew Bullock

Utagawa Kunichika. Fire Brigade Standard Bearer 1871: collection Frank Milner

Edo Pop is coming soon to the Lady Lever Art Gallery and we can’t wait.

The exhibition features 19th century Japanese wood block prints that explore tales of celebrity which wouldn’t seem out of place in the pages of today’s gossip magazines. Read more…

Until next time…

26 April 2017 by Megan

For the last few months the Lady Lever Art Gallery has been host to Fresh Perspectives, an exciting display of art work created by local secondary school students. Read more…

Guest blog: Yan Preston on her work, ‘Now and Before’

24 April 2017 by Laura

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Yihao, student and amateur footballer, Wyncote Sports Grounds, Liverpool, 2016 © Yan Preston.

As part of Look/17 Yan Preston’s ‘Now and Before’ is on display on Museum of Liverpool‘s media wall and within Liverpool One shopping district.

In this guest blog Yan tells us more about the project: Read more…

Prenton High School’s Fresh Perspective

21 April 2017 by Megan

Our final schools blog comes from Prenton High School for Girls. The students have work with the Lady Lever Art Gallery to display their work in the Fresh Perspectives exhibition. Read more…



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