Join artist Claudette Johnson and some of her close collaborators Lubaina Himid, Beverley Bennett, Ingrid Pollard and Marlene Smith as they discuss her work and artistic process.
After the talk join us for a glass of wine and a workshop in the cafe led by Beverley Bennett with live music from Bruno Guastalla and Eric Clarke. The workshop offers an opportunity to explore the possibilities of drawing and mark-making in two-way relationship with improvised music-making.
The galleries, shop and café will be open from 6pm, the event will start promptly at 6.30pm.
Recent exhibitions include Claudette Johnson, Hollybush Gardens, London (2017); No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990, Guildhall Art Gallery, London (2015-16); Thin Black Line(s), Tate Britain (2012). Other previous exhibitions included Transforming the Crown: African, Asian and Caribbean Artists in Britain 1966-1986, Royal Festival Hall, London, and The Caribbean Cultural Centre, The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (1997); In This Skin: Drawings by Claudette Johnson, Black Art Gallery, London (1992); The Image Employed: The Use of Narrative in Black Art, Cornerhouse, Manchester (1987); The Thin Black Line, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1986); Into the Open: New Paintings, Prints and Sculptures by Black Contemporary Artists, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield (1984); Black Women Time Now, Battersea Arts Centre, London (1983); Five Black Women Artists, Africa Centre, London (1983). Johnson’s work is also in the collections of Tate, The Rugby Art Gallery, Mappin Art Gallery, Manchester Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Arts Council England.
Bruno Guastalla is an Oxford-based luthier, cellist and composer. He performs frequently as part of the Oxford Improvisers, his own Ensemble Azut and alongside a host of other performers. He has been restoring and making violins and cellos since 1983 as part of Oxford Violins.