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The Black Cultural Archives Exhibition: Expectations: The Untold Story of Black British Community Leaders in the 1960s and 1970s in London: August 08-September 28

 

 

 

|| July 05: 2018 || ά. The Black Cultural Archives:BCA is hosting 'Expectations: The Untold Story of Black British Community Leaders in the 1960s and 1970s', a new Exhibition, that will take over the entire building for two months, launching with a VIP opening on August 07. The Exhibition will be running until September 28. Established in 1981 and situated in Brixton at One Windrush Square, SW2 1EF, since 2014, Black Cultural Archives is the only national repository of Black history and culture in the UK.

Funded by a grant of £79,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the Exhibition has been curated by acclaimed photographer Mr Neil Kenlock and his daughter Ms Emelia Kenlock.  Situated in the heart of Brixton, Lambeth and created to raise awareness of untold stories from Black British culture, as well as, give access to younger generations and spark discussion, the Exhibition will invite the community to respond and share their ideas and impressions of the photographs.  

The Exhibition comprises of photography from the archives of Mr Neil Kenlock himself, once the official photographer of the British Black Panthers and founder of Choice FM. There will, also, be two public talks led by Mr Neil Kenlock: Untold Story of Black Community Leaders in Lambeth and Black Women and Leadership Respectively.

70 years on from the arrival of the Empire Windrush into Great Britain, the ‘Expectations’ Exhibition will be a celebration of British Black community leaders, many of whom come from that same Windrush generation.  70 photographic images will be featured in the project to celebrate the 70-year anniversary of the Windrush, a selection of these images will be shown across the Black Cultural Archives with three themes of challenges, collaboration and change. The full archive of photographic images will be available on the dedicated website expectationsproject.com/, that goes live on August 07.

Covering two decades from the 1960s to the 1970s, ‘Expectations’ will include some breath-taking images from Mr Kenlock’s vault, including, the notorious 'Keep Britain White' from 1972, that depicted the resistance to Black immigration.  

Giving a unique insight into the lives and experiences of the first generation, African and Caribbean leaders, who settled in the UK and influenced the community in Lambeth and the surrounding boroughs, the exhibition features a number of luminaries, such as, Darcus Howe, Broadcaster and Civil Rights Campaigner, Olive Morris, Anti-discrimination, Women’s and Squatters' Rights Campaigner, Lord David Pitt, Baron of Hampstead, Labour Party Politician, GP and Political Activist, Arthur Stanley Wint OD MBE, first Jamaican Olympic gold medallist and Jamaica's High Commissioner and Steve Barnard, first black BBC Radio Presenter with a reggae music show.

Mr Neil Kenlock said, “Many young Black people from our community only engage with heritage, when they visit museums during their educational studies. This project aims to give access to examples of Black leadership, as well as, archive material outside of the normal educational environment.

Over fifty years since the concept of ‘Black excellence’ first manifested and 70 years on from the Windrush, I, truly, hope, the Exhibition will add to the national cultural narrative and resonate with new audiences.  I would like to thank the BCA and the Heritage Lottery Fund for their support in the realising of this vision.”

Mr Paul Reid, the Black Cultural Archives Director, said, ‘’It will be the first ‘exhibition takeover’ project of its kind at the BCA, that aims to increase public access to Black cultural heritage whilst documenting past and present histories using unseen images. We would like to thank the trailblazer and thought-leader, that is Neil Kenlock, for the access to such an incredible and unique collection of images.”

About Black Cultural Archives: Established in 1981 and situated in Brixton’s Windrush Square since 2014, Black Cultural Archives:BCA is the only national repository of Black history and culture in the UK.  Paul Reid, Director of Black Cultural Archives, was appointed in October 2006. For more information on the Black Cultural Archives visit blackculturalarchives.org.

Caption: Image: Neil Kenlock:Black Cultural Archives :::ω.

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Leonardo Da Vinci’s Masterpiece Salvator Mundi to Be Unveiled at Louvre Abu Dhabi on September 18: But It Will Go A-Visiting Musée Du Louvre in Paris for the Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibition 2019-20: October 24 to February 24

 

 

|| July 04: 2018 || ά. Salvator Mundi, a masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, will be unveiled to the public at Louvre Abu Dhabi on September 18. Acquired by the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi, DCT Abu Dhabi in 2017, Salvator Mundi is one of fewer than 20 known surviving paintings by the Italian Renaissance master, one of history’s greatest and most renowned artists and is his final work to enter into a cultural institution’s collection.

Mr Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, said, “The Salvator Mundi highlights the inclusive nature of Louvre Abu Dhabi’s narrative and Abu Dhabi’s mission to promote a message of acceptance and openness. It is an opportunity for Abu Dhabi’s residents and visitors from around the world to engage with a rare and iconic work of great cultural significance at Louvre Abu Dhabi. Lost and hidden for so long in private hands, Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece is now our gift to the world.

It belongs to all of us, who will have the chance to stand before it and bear witness to the mastery of one of the most significant artists in living history.” Dating from around 1500, Salvator Mundi is an oil painting, executed onto a walnut panel, depicting a half-length figure of Christ as Saviour of the World, facing the viewer and dressed in flowing robes of lapis and crimson. The figure holds a crystal orb in his left hand as he raises his right hand in benediction. It is believed to be a contemporary of both La Belle Ferronnière and the Mona Lisa.

Mr Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, said, “At more than 500 years old, Salvator Mundi still retains a remarkable presence and the lingering sense of mystery, that characterises Leonardo’s finest works. As one of history’s greatest painters, polymaths and thinkers, Da Vinci left his stamp on many of the disciplines, that have shaped the modern world.

He has remained an outstanding cultural icon and as such, his work has an important role to play in Louvre Abu Dhabi’s universal narrative, which encapsulates the history of humanity. With Salvator Mundi on display, we will be able to honour the influential legacy of Da Vinci’s creative genius, share this extraordinary artwork with the world and inspire a new generation of cultural leaders and creative thinkers.”

The rediscovery of Salvator Mundi is one of the most significant artistic findings in recent history, as the first discovery of a painting by Leonardo da Vinci since 1909, when the Benois Madonna, now in the Hermitage, St Petersburg, was attributed to the artist. The unveiling of the artwork ahead of its sale at Christie’s New York drew worldwide interest. Throughout the painting’s tour of Hong Kong, London, San Francisco and New York, over 27,000 people viewed the work, setting a record for the highest ever number of pre-sale viewers for an individual work of art, according to Christie's.

Painted more than 500 years ago, c. 1490 -1515, Salvator Mundi, may, have been created for the French royal family before being brought to England by Queen Henrietta Maria, when she married Charles I. The work was in the collection of King Charles I, 1600-1649, where it is recorded in the inventory of the Royal collection.

Presumed to have been destroyed, Salvator Mundi was rediscovered in 2007, when restoration was undertaken by Ms Dianne Dwyer Modestini, Senior Research Fellow and Conservator of the Kress Programme in Paintings Conservation at the Conservation Centre of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Since the initial restoration phase was completed in 2007, the painting has been studied by leading authorities on Leonardo da Vinci, which resulted in an unequivocal attribution to the most important painter of the Renaissance and one of the most significant figures in the history of art.  

After its unveiling at the Louvre Abu Dhabi in September, the Salvator Mundi is scheduled to be loaned to Musée du Louvre in Paris, where it will form part of the Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition 2019-20, which will run from October 24 to February 24. Salvator Mundi is planned to be returned to Abu Dhabi after the Exhibition and will be on display again at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

About Louvre Abu Dhabi: Established of a collaboration between Abu Dhabi and France, Louvre Abu Dhabi is a universal museum, that enables visitors to experience art and humanity in a new light. Master works by many of the world’s greatest artists are on display, revealing threads of creativity that connect diverse cultures across thousands of years.

Housed in a magnificent domed structure designed by Architect Mr Jean Nouvel in Abu Dhabi’s cultural district on Saadiyat Island, Louvre Abu Dhabi opened to the public in November 2017.  In the first decade, hundreds of artworks from its own expanding collection will be on view, in combination with an equal number of masterpieces borrowed from the Louvre and 12 internationally preeminent French partner museums.

Every year, Louvre Abu Dhabi offers visitors a vibrant programme of exhibitions, performances, cultural and education events, a Children’s Museum, a lounge, restaurant, and a boutique. Today Louvre Abu Dhabi is a place for people to meet, learn, reflect, and find their own stories. It presents a different way of looking at art, a gift from the United Arab Emirates to the world. :::ω.

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The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2018: Benedict Cumberbatch Leads the Winners Just Announced

 

 

|| July 01: 2018 || ά. Today’s South Bank Sky Arts Awards saw a host of artists from the entire spectrum of the arts celebrated for their achievements this year, with Mr Benedict Cumberbatch being the recipient of the coveted Outstanding Achievement Award. Hosted by Mr Melvyn Bragg, The South Bank Sky Arts Awards continued its legacy as the only awards ceremony in the world to celebrate the complete range of the arts, with categories for TV Drama, Classical Music, Theatre, Comedy, Dance, Film, Visual Art, Pop, Literature and Opera.

Grime Artist Mr Stormzy took home the Pop award for Gang Signs and Prayer, his debut album, that has taken the music world by storm. The universally treasured Paddington Two was victorious in the Film category, meanwhile Ma’am Darling, an account of Princess Margaret’s life, saw its Author, Mr Craig Brown, scooping the Literature prize. Other winners on the day included the Inside No. 9 for Comedy, the eloquently poised Maliphantworks for Dance and politically pertinent The Jungle for Theatre.

The awards, also, celebrated emerging talent, with The Times Breakthrough Award this year presented to Nubya Garcia, a multitalented saxophonist, whose debut recordings and live performances have transcended the jazz scene.

The awards added a personal touch for this year’s winners, as many of the presenters of each category had a connection with the respective recipient. Presenters included Ms Germaine Greer, an early champion of winning Artist Ms Rose Wylie and Classical Music Presenter Mr Guy Garvey, who has performed with Sir Mark Elder, Conductor of the victorious BBC Philharmonic and the Hallé.

With a host of artists performing on the night, including, Opera Singer Ms Danielle de Niese; remarkable country duo The Shires; hip hop infused saxophonist Soweto Kinch and an expressive reading by Mr Stephen Mangan, the awards were a dynamic celebration of British artistic excellence.

Outstanding Achievement Award winner Mr Benedict Cumberbatch said, “I am quite flabbergasted to be receiving this award, especially, when looking at past recipients. I am, needless to say, immensely grateful and humbled. The South Bank Show has, always,  had a place in my heart as being an inspirational exploration of the best of culture so to be recognised in this way by Melvyn and the show is incredibly flattering and I am very humbled to be this year’s recipient. Many many thanks.”

Mr Melvyn Bragg said, “This is as strong as any list we have ever had. The arts in the UK, a £92 billion industry, are second only to the US. Regrettably, government policy in cutting arts teaching out of so many schools fails to take this on board. This year’s awards celebrate what can happen, when arts are encouraged from school-age onwards.”

Mr Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, said,  “The Arts in the UK is as vibrant and exciting as it’s ever been; at Sky Arts, we are privileged to be able to bring the very best practitioners across all genres to the screen, whether they are the established geniuses in the field or just starting out. The South Bank Sky Arts Awards celebrates the very cream of the crop and we are proud to celebrate it with our brilliant band of viewers.”

The South Bank Arts Awards programme will air on Sky Arts on Wednesday, July 04 at 20:00

The list of winners

Visual Art: Presented by: Ms Germaine Greer: Rose Wylie, Quack Quack, Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Comedy: Presented by: Mr Mark Gatiss: Inside No. 9: BBC Two
Theatre: Presented by: Ms Emily Berrington: The Jungle: A Young Vic and National Theatre co-production with Good Chance Theatre. Commissioned by the National Theatre
Film: Presented by: Ms Eleanor Tomlinson: Paddington Two
Dance: Presented by: Mr Sylvie Guillem: Maliphantworks: Russell Maliphant Company
Classical Music: Presented by: Mr Guy Garvey: Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder: BBC Philharmonic and the Hallé
Literature: Presented by: A N Wilson: Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret: Craig Brown
Opera: Presented by: Mr Bryn Terfel: Hamlet: Glyndebourne
Pop: Presented by: Ms Malorie Blackman: Stormzy: Gang Signs and Prayer
TV Drama: Presented by: Mr Nicholas Pinnock: Howards End: Playground: BBC One
The Times Breakthrough Award: Presented by: Ms Chi-Chi Nwanoku
Pop: Nubya Garcia
Outstanding Achievement Award: Benedict Cumberbatch

About The South Bank Sky Arts Awards: The South Bank Sky Arts Awards are the only awards ceremony in the world to represent the entire spectrum of the British Arts. Previous winners across the various categories include Doctor Foster for TV Drama, Skyfall for Film and Ms Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies for Literature. Previous winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award include Harold Pinter, Ms Judi Dench, Ms J.K. Rowling, Mr Eddie Izzard and last year Mr Andrew Lloyd Webber.

About Sky Arts: Sky Arts is the UK’s only dedicated channel for the arts. It offers something for everyone, whatever their passion, with entertaining programmes showcasing the best of classical and popular music, theatre, opera, dance and the visual arts, as well as, original drama and comedy. Sky Arts is broadcast 24 hours a day and has over 1,000 hours available on catch-up TV, including flagship programmes, such as, Portrait Artist of The Year, Landscape Artist of the Year and The South Bank Show.

The channel is committed to supporting the arts by investing in the best talent, both on and off screen, as well as, through exclusive partnerships with major UK and European cultural institutions, including National Theatre Live, Tate and The British Library.

About Directors Cut Productions: Directors Cut Productions is an independent television production company based in Central London. Set up in 2010 by Mr Melvyn Bragg and Ms Cathy Haslam, who had worked together for 10 years at ITV, the company produces Arts and History Documentaries for UK television broadcasters. Directors Cut Productions produce all South Bank Show branded programmes for Sky Arts, as well as, producing the South Bank Sky Arts Awards.

Caption: This image of Mr Benedict Cumberbatch, is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license, by Mr Harvey K, Toronto, Canada: The Photographer has no connection with The Humanion. :::ω.

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Jodie Carey's Sea at the Foundling Museum: May 25-September 02

 

 

|| June 30: 2018 || ά. The Foundling Museum is bringing in a new series of site-responsive installations by Artist Ms Jodie Carey, commissioned by the Museum for display in the exhibition gallery and among the historic Collection. Ms Carey’s response to the history of the Foundling Hospital has been to create a series of striking works, that explore themes of love, loss and trace. Imbued with a sense of remembrance, these sculptures encourage visitors to reflect on the thousands of children, who passed through the Foundling Hospital from the 1740s-1950s and the fragility of human life and relationships. Sea will be running between May 25 and September 02.

Her recent work has explored themes of mortality and memory through combining monumental scale with vulnerable materials, using techniques, that result in the act of creation remaining visible. Drawing inspiration from the eighteenth-century fabric tokens left by mothers with their babies at the Foundling Hospital as a means of identification, Sea is a large scale installation for Museum’s exhibition gallery. Sea is formed of hundreds of swatches of fabric, that have been dipped in liquid clay and fired to create delicate, white ceramic fragments, that cover the gallery floor.

During the firing process, the fabric burns away leaving only a trace of its weave and pattern, echoing the fragility of the textile tokens, which are one of the few remaining and tangible connections between each mother and her child. The mothers’ intense feelings of separation and loss find a visual analogy in Ms Carey’s vast ceramic outpouring. However, despite its overwhelming scale, Sea asks the viewer to recognise the detail of each unique cast and to see each as a small memorial and an act of remembrance. And, when people 'remember' something, that is not part of their memories but others' is what we call celebrations: celebrations of humanity. 

Among the Museum’s historic Collection on the first floor, two monumental works explore ideas of memory and time. Found is formed of 18 life-size, totemic sculptures, that crowd the Anteroom, each cast from the void left by rolls of fabric buried in soil. Found creates an environment that feels both natural and sacred and suggestive of a ruin or archaeological find.

The poured plaster bears traces of the land in which the sculptures were cast, centuries of soil, stones and plant roots. This earth-bound process resonates with the elemental nature of the Foundling Hospital narrative of love, loss, hope and survival. In casting bolts of fabric, Ms Carey references the significant role, that cloth played in the Hospital’s story, as emblems of hope for the mothers, methods of identification for the institution and routes of employment for the children, while, final marks made by the artist using tailors chalk, are suggestive of storytelling. 

Cord, displayed in the Foyer, is a delicate and slender bronze sculpture, that stands floor to ceiling. Cast in bronze from cord buried in the earth, the sculpture appears both fragile and brittle, its contorted appearance belying its material strength. Referencing not only the bond between mother and child but, also, the relationship between institution and foundling, Cord seeks to make visible the fragility of relationships so fundamental to human existence and questions whether such bonds can, ever, be broken.

Ms Kathleen Palmer, Curator: Exhibitions and Displays, said, ''We are delighted with this thoughtful and touching new work by Jodie Carey, which so deeply resonates with the histories we tell. The Foundling Museum's commissions from contemporary artists spark new and revealing conversations between the past and the present, changing and deepening how we and our visitors understand the Foundling Hospital story.''

Ms Jodie Carey said, ''I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to make new work for the Foundling Museum. It is a deeply moving museum, and a challenging and emotional space to respond to. I am honoured to be part of its extraordinary history.''

These commissions form part of the Museum’s 2018 programme of exhibitions, displays and events to mark the centenary of female suffrage, by celebrating women’s contribution to British society, culture and philanthropy from the 1720s to the present day. 

Md Jodie Carey studied at Goldsmiths College, completing an MA in sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 2007. Solo exhibitions include Earthcasts, Edel Assanti, London, 2017, Dark night by daylight, Hå gamle prestegard, Norway, 2014 and Solomon's Knot, the New Art Gallery Walsall, 2012. Recent group shows include the London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2015, Eros and Freud, the Freud Museum, London, 2014 and Death: A Self Portrait at the Wellcome Collection, London, 2012.

The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery and through a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events celebrates the ways in which artists of all disciplines have helped improve children’s lives for over 275 years. 

The Foundling Hospital, which continues today as the children’s charity Coram, was established in 1739 by the philanthropist Captain Thomas Coram, as ‘a hospital for the maintenance and education of exposed and deserted young children’. Instrumental in helping Coram realise his vision were the artist William Hogarth, who encouraged leading artists of the day to donate work and the composer George Frederic Handel, who gave annual benefit concerts of his Messiah. In doing so, they created London’s first public art gallery and set the template for the way in which the arts can support philanthropy.

Coram has been creating better chances for children since 1739. They help children and young people today through their pioneering work in adoption, parenting support, housing support, alcohol and drug education, creative therapies and championing legal rights in the UK and overseas.  

Visitor Information: The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ: +44 :0:20 7841 3600: email: enquiries at foundlingmuseum.org.uk: webstie: foundlingmuseum.org.uk: Open: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00-17:00, Sunday 11:00-17:00, Monday: Closed: Admission: £11 adults: £08.25 concessions, incl Gift Aid, free for children, Foundling Friends and National Art Pass holders: Tube and train: Russell Square, King’s Cross St Pancras and Euston: 
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Art

Art is that in which 'I':in which the entire creation is included because the 'I' is connected to it all as it faces all-around-shores of eternity: imagines itself being and becoming and, in expressing this being and becoming it uses many forms, manners and mediums so to bring about that what it is being and becoming.  It is the best expressions of both: the truth and the sublime. Art is that what offers humanity the means to grasp the infinite potential of humanity and in turn, through art, this 'I' aspires to be exactly that: an infinity unfolding itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photograph of a Photograph of a Painting of Long Long Long Ago: September 30: 2016

Trevi Fountain: Rome: August 2016: Ohie Mayenin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life's Laurel Is You In One-Line-Poetry A Heaven-Bound Propagated Ray Of Light Off The Eye Of The Book Of Life: Love For You Are Only Once

 

 

Life: You Are The Law The Flow The Glow: In Joys In Hurts You Are The Vine-Songs On The Light-Trellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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