Reflection and Rest
Hoardings on Freston Rd
Zone 2 - Notting Hill + Holland Park
Freston Rd, London, UK
from August / any time
KCAW, the curator Bolanle Tajudeen - also the founder of Black Blossoms School of Art - and artists Birungi Kawooya and Bokani Tshidzu are working together to create a mural which will visually present ways of Rest, Reflection and Wellness for women of colour.
Black womxn are traditionally under represented in public art in London, with Statues for Equality estimating that only 6% of the capital’s statues depict (non-royal) womxn, and only a tiny fraction of these represent womxn of colour. Indeed, Art UK estimates that London boasts more statues of animals than it does of womxn and people of colour. The same can be said about non-permanent public art interventions. Further to this, Kensington and Chelsea is a borough filled with a plethora of cultural landmarks and venues; however, the imaginations, thoughts and contributions of communities of colour are often absent or invisible. We want the impact of the mural to be the creation of a space that tells different narratives within our very diverse area.
Curator Bolanle Tajudeen, who has intensively researched and taught about the Black Art Movement in Britain, sees the mural as a continuity of art interventions across the city by Black and Brown artists who London’s governing body has historically supported. Particularly she wants to highlight the history of funding given to Black and Brown artists and its discourse within visual arts, and the significant similarities and differences that can be seen between what happened in the 1980s and now.
As Black British art historian Eddie Chambers states, “their patronage became dubious and counterproductive when they took it upon themselves to become initiators rather than project funders.” This project seeks to address that past mis step, giving Black artists autonomy to create works that resonate with their community in an authentic way.