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Exhibition | Voices: Sparking Conversation in Art

Exhibiting 21 March – 18 April outside More Music

As part of the Digital Arts Festival co-produced by Lancashire Youth Challenge, Prop Up Project and More Music, we’re thrilled to be working in partnership with GRAFT to present Voices: Sparking Conversation in Art – an outdoor exhibition of artworks by three emerging Black artists. The exhibition aims to promote Black artists as part of a creative response to racial inequality in the Arts and the wider Black Lives Matter movement.

Towards the end of 2020,  a group of 13-17 year-olds worked with local arts organisation GRAFT group to research, select and commission three artists to exhibit work outside of three historic venues across the city; Lancaster Maritime Museum, Lancaster City Museum and The Cornerstone by Dalton Square. We’re thrilled to be revisiting the exhibition here at More Music in 2021 to give the people of Morecambe a chance to view and engage with the artwork.

The artists that are part of the exhibition are:

Habib Hajallie, a London-born artist who explores his Sierra Leonean and Lebanese heritage through striking drawings in pen over antique maps and texts

Sumuyya Khader, a Liverpool-based artist who specialises in illustration and printmaking, and also runs Granby Press

Herfa Thompson, based in Leeds, who works primarily in painting and digital drawing

The exhibition is accompanied by a curated digital space designed by members of the group. The site can be viewed HERE.

This exhibition, and the Digital Arts Festival, is funded by Arts Council England.

The exhibition is the culmination of GRAFT’s Changemakers project, one of Lancaster Cultural Co-op’s ‘Our Place in the World’ commissions, looking to empower local young people through creative activities. Through Changemakers, the group of young people took part in Zoom workshops to explore connections between art and activism, learn about the lack of opportunities and exposure for artists of colour in the UK, and be supported to take the lead in organising an innovative exhibition.

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