George 'Fowokan' Kelly
Over 70 major works by fifteen British-based and international contemporary artists. The title refers to Elizabethan naval commander Sir John Hawkins, whose 16th century voyages to Africa and the Caribbean pioneered the British slave trade.
The fifteen artists are all known for their thoughtful and sometimes provocative work. Every piece explores a different aspect of the culture and history of the transatlantic African-Caribbean diaspora affected by Hawkins' 450-year legacy. The exhibition will make a significant contribution to events in the former slave-trading port of Liverpool during the city's year as European Capital of Culture.
The 8-week event will one of two opening shows at Liverpool's new arts venue, the Contemporary Urban Centre. Hawkins & Co is curated by Kimathi Donkor for Novas Arts and is sponsored by the Novas Scarman Group.