Filling in the Pieces in Black

31 October- 26 November, Galleries 3 & 4

Admission: Free. Pre-booking not required.


Admission: Free Entry. Pre-booking is not required.

Located on the Ground Floor in Gallery 3 & 4


Presented by Maruani Mercier and curated by June Sarpong OBE, this exhibition brings together a collection of some of the most talented contemporary artists with a connection to the African Diaspora, through the power of their visual storytelling. Curated by leading television broadcaster, author, and diversity advocate, June Sarpong OBE, in collaboration with Maruani Mercier gallery.

They say “History is Written by Victors” when it comes to the Black experience and the racism that often impacts it. The negative ramifications of this quote in relation to Colonialism and the Transatlantic slave trade have corrupted the full truth of Black history pre and post this deplorable era. 

Filling in the Pieces in Black aims to help redress this imbalance by bringing together a collection of some of the most talented artists of today. Through the power of their visual storytelling the exhibition seeks to Redefine the past, Refocus the present and Reshape the future, featuring works by: Larry Amponsah, Ofunne Azinge, Radcliffe Bailey, Kwame Akoto Bamfo, Kwesi Botchway, Wonder Buhle, Godfried Donkor, Modupeola Fadugba, Nicola Green, Lyle Ashton Harris. Yinka llori, Nate Lewis, Alexis McGrigg, Mario Moore, Zak Ové, Patrick Quarm, Sheena Rose, Samuel de Saboia, Mickalene Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Khari Turner, and Uthman Wahaab among others.

Filling In The Pieces In Black has been a real labour of love. As a woman whose heritage hails from the African Diaspora, I feel there is so much about the rich tapestry that makes up the Black experience that has been  either omitted, distorted or invalidated. My aim as curator of this show  is to help present a more balanced representation of the many strands of the fabric of the indelible soul of Black people. As a medium, visual art has the power to change the way humans see themselves and each other. This show brings together an incredible collective of contemporary artists who are using their creativity to help shape a more rounded narrative of Black culture.” – June Sarpong OBE, television broadcaster, author, and diversity advocate

Full artist list:

Cornelius Annor,  Reginald Armstrong, Larry Amponsah,  Ofunne Azinge Radcliffe Bailey, Kwame Akoto Bamfo, Kwesi Botchway, Wonder Buhle, Samuel Desaboia, Godfried Donkor, Esiri Erheriene-Essi, Johnson Eziefula, Modupeola Fadugba, Nicola Green, Marcel Gyan, Lyle Ashton Harris, Yinka Ilori, Hassan Issah, Sthenjwa Luthuli, Alexis McGrigg, Mario Moore, Kaloki Nyamai, Joshua Oheneba-Takyi, Zak Ové, Patrick Quarm, Sheena Rose, Samuel de Saboia, Khadija Saye, Mickalene Thomas,  Hank Willlis Thomas, Uthman Wahaab, Khari Turner, Lulama Wolf, and Kwaku Yaro




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