A groundbreaking exhibition at Salisbury Arts Centre will bring together artists and makers of African/Caribbean heritage to showcase their work, not previously seen in Salisbury. This exhibition was originally cancelled due to the Covid lockdown and we are very happy to be able to realise it now.
Running from 20 October to 19 December, Diaspora is an exceptional opportunity to appreciate and collect work by artists who bring fresh viewpoints to contemporary arts practice.
In relation to art, the term 'Diaspora' has been used to discuss artists who have migrated from one part of the world to another and who express their diverse experience of culture and identity in their work; often expressing alternative narratives, challenging ideas and structures of the art world.
The artists exhibiting include ceramic vessels by The Great Pottery Throw Down kiln man Rich Miller whose work is inspired by his own tile production and by British Colonialism. Other potters in the exhibition are the London based father and daughter Chris Bramble and Freya Bramble-Carter who combine their shared love of African culture and the connection to the natural world. Barbados born potter Ronaldo Wiltshire whose symbolic pieces are inspired by the colours of his mother island will be exhibiting his ceramic masks.
The exhibition also includes prints by Ade Adesina, who creates large-scale linocuts and etchings. Having grown up in Nigeria, Adesina has a fascination with how the human footprint is affecting our planet. Jeweller Lolonyo Amegayibor-Bunge grew up in Ghana wearing traditional waist beads as a child. Each piece of her jewellery is carefully crafted and unique because most of her beads and embellishments are hand crafted using traditional methods. Colourist Atta Kwami will be exhibiting a group of his watercolour and gouache pieces exploring the dynamism, rhythmic structures and the power of improvisation in African visual practice. Wole Lagunju’s work celebrates the dynamism of Yoruba culture and the significance of the Gelede mask whilst representing the challenges of globalization and the impact of the West on African traditional arts. Textile artist Onome Otite is influenced by traditional West African textiles, and through her work she references the theatrical, character-driven approach to storytelling and aims to draw the audience into the performance. Ufuoma Omoluru is a fashion designer currently living in Amesbury. Her practice is based around her passion to make women feel empowered in the clothes she makes. Wiltshire based Artist Clifton Powell explores through his paintings a wide range of subject matters and is influenced by his travels and by the people he meets.
Diaspora is co-curated with Rachel Oteng-Lartey and is co-produced by New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, and Wiltshire Creative.
Diaspora is open Monday to Friday, 11am to 3pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm at Salisbury Arts Centre.