During 2015-17 the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Collecting Cultures programme has enabled Wolverhampton Art Gallery to buy a selection of works by Black British contemporary artists, particularly those associated with the Black Arts Movement of the 1980s. The Gallery played a significant role in the emergence of this movement, hosting the first major exhibition by young Black artists, ‘Black Art an’ Done’, in 1981. The first National Black Art Convention took place at the Polytechnic a year later. These two events spawned a new wave of Black art that reflected the social and political issues experienced by a generation of Black British people whose parents came to Britain in the 50s and 60s. Our new acquisitions include work by some of the key artists of this movement, such as Keith Piper, Donald Rodney, Claudette Johnson, Sonya Boyce, Lubaina Himid, Tam Joseph and Chila Burman.
You can click on the thumbnails, below, of the page to read more about some of the works acquired as part of this project.
As well as acquiring new works, the project also conducted a series of oral history interviews, which we have uploaded to Soundcloud. You can listen to them here: https://soundcloud.com/wolverhampton-arts as well as read information about the interviewees.
To read about the Back to Black exhibition please visit: https://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/whats-on/back-black-2/