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The BLK Art Group and their legacy.

The day aims to enquire how and why the Group’s ‘The Pan-Afrikan Connection’ exhibition at the Herbert, remains as pertinent today as it was in 1983. Convened by Ian Sergeant, Coventry Biennial’s Curatorial Resident.

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“[The] work of the black artist involves the expression of her or his life experience” -

Claudette Johnson

An illustrated public discussion of the BLK Art Group and their legacy. The day aims to enquire how and why the Group’s ‘The Pan-Afrikan Connection’ exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery, remains pertinent today as it did in 1983. Discussions will address the aesthetics of the art and the intersectional themes of race, gender, sexualities, identities, place and belonging inherent in the artwork produced. Themes that remain critical in 2021, and is the focus of the second part of the discussion in respect of the BLK Art Group’s legacy. A legacy to be commemorated by a public art commission by Birmingham 2022 Cultural Festival, as part of the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

What is public art, what will be produced by the commissioned artist(s), and what might be the public’s reaction? The day will commence with a family friendly workshop in response to the public art commission, where all are invited to create their own piece of public art.

Convened by Ian Sergeant, Coventry Biennial’s Curatorial Resident.

Coventry Biennial is a festival of contemporary art taking place across Coventry & Warwickshire within and supported by UK City of Culture 2021. Expect new work by local and International artists, workshops, performances, talks, tours and much more.

For more information visit: www.coventrybiennial.com

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