'Daddy I want to be a black artist' by Kimathi Donkor
This exhibition of new work by Kimathi Donkor will reflect on themes arising from Donkor's engagement with local teenage black residents as they discovered the work of black British artists in the national collection at Tate Britain during workshops conducted earlier this Summer.
There are 73,000 artworks in Tate's collection, with about 15 of the 3,500 artists from both black and British identities including Chris Ofili, Sonia Boyce, Donald Rodney, Frank Bowling and current Turner Prize nominee, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. For this exhibition and inspired by the experiences of these recent workshops, Donkor has created new large scale paintings that embody the his ongoing concerns with identity, aesthetics, agency and representation.
Alongside these new paintings, visitors will be invited to participate in a museum-style âlearning zone' where numerous resources and materials will be available for visitors to further explore the works that were visited during the workshops and the wider representation of black British artists within the UK's visual arts culture. There will also be opportunities to learn more about the experiences of the young people engaged in the project. By combining new works and resource facilities within the exhibition space it is hoped that black British artists can be celebrated and their place in the national heritage reconsidered.
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