A member of the influential Blk Art Group in the 1980s, Claudette Johnson’s exhibition ‘I Came To Dance’ at Modern Art Oxford features 30 works on paper by the artist, spanning four decades from the ’80s to the present day. Fisun Güner discusses her work then and now.
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A new study, Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries, shows the sector to be lacking in diversity with much more needing to be done to address endemic issues around social mobility.
London-based artist Larry Achiampong has had a busy year, including commissions for Somerset House, the Jerwood Visual Arts 3-Phase programme and the Diaspora Pavilion during the Venice Biennale. He reflects on a “full on” 2017 that has been tainted by the avoidable tragedy of Grenfell.
The winner of this year’s Turner Prize has had a busy and high-profile 2017, but while the attention has been welcome she explains that her major achievement over the last 12 months has been finding time to make “a serious amount of new paintings”.
Lubaina Himid has approached the fanfare surrounding her Turner Prize win with characteristic low-key charm and generosity. Sonya Dyer hails her influence and achievements and hopes she will now be properly recognised as a contemporary artist making vital work today.
The recent ‘What Should White Culture Do? Art, Politics, Race’ brought academics and artists together for a day-long symposium at the Royal College of Art. Sonya Dyer contends that, judging by the approach of some of those talking at the event, the answer to the question is, ‘Much more than this’.
One of six artists shortlisted for this year’s Artes Mundi prize, John Akomfrah is known for his beautifully-shot film installations that tackle big themes such as race, cultural identity, migration and post-colonialism. Fisun Güner talks to him.
International Curators Forum receive Arts Council fund of £300,000 for Black British Diaspora Pavilion, with ten artists set to exhibit work at Venice Biennale 2017.