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You are invited on an interactive journey, around parts of sub-Saharan Africa, to explore the ancient and medieval art.

Natty Mark Samuels invites young people aged 14+ on a journey exploring the sculpting traditions of West and Central Africa.

What was the significance of the Pwo mask, or the Mboko statuette? Come and enjoy this pilgrimage, to the lands where the ancestors rule.

Inspired by our current exhibition with Mariana Castillo Deball: Between making and knowing something, and Black History Month, this workshop will explore the practitioners and makers who have long-influenced contemporary artists in the West, and whose stories have often remained hidden or untold.

As Deball’s exhibition introduces us to the culture and spirituality of the Zuni of Mexico, this workshop will do the same for some of the residents of sub-Saharan Africa, such as the Hemba people, of the southern region of the Congo.

Workshop for ages 14+. Please note: Workshop participants should be supervised by a parent/guardian during the session.

Natty Mark Samuels

Natty Mark Samuels is the founder of the African School, a cultural education project based in Oxford. He works as an adult tutor for Abingdon and Witney College, and also delivers workshops at Brookes University for the Equality/ Diversity and Art departments.






Verse from the Sacred Journey

We can dance the Pwo in Angola,
Pay homage to Singiti in the Congo.
Receive blessings from Ife in Nigeria,
Bow the knee to Queen Mother of Benin.