1 Sep 2020
I CAN’T SEE MYSELF: Black Art Matters Protest
I am pleased to support secondary school art teacher Annis Harrison, the organiser of the Black Art Matters Protest, which aims to encourage British National Galleries to increase the representation of Black art by Back artists on the walls.
“Knowing that all this art is out there, but isn’t on display, makes each generation think that there’s almost no black art history in the UK, which simply isn’t true.” Annis Harrison
“Many of these institutions have charitable status because they have positioned themselves as spaces of learning and education. Teachers also want to use their collections as a learning tool but it is vital that these institutions represent all of Britain’s diverse citizens.” – Annis Harrison
“The failings of art institutions in not fostering racial inclusivity in their displays, collections and staff teams has led to potential Black audience members to disengage from the artworld” – Bolanle Tajudeen“After 400 years after The Trans Atlantic Slave trade Black people are still depicted in racist stereotypes in paintings and wider cultural representations in Britain whilst ignoring black talents especially after the period of Empire Windrush. This is all ironic as the vast majority of arts and cultural institutions were beneficiaries from the profits of the trade through donations, commissions and legacies of slave traders and merchants. We need a Coulson moment in the arts world to change the status quo”- Patrick Vernon