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UNTOLD STORIES : AT REST
PUBLIC VOTE

Birungi Kawooya + BOKANI present
AT REST

 


We are delighted to be one of 42 community-led organisations across the capital to receive funding from Untold Stories, part of the Mayor of London’s Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm.

Alongside Black Blossoms, an expanded curatorial art platform, we selected artists Birungi Kawooya and BOKANI to create a new temporary artwork located on a large hoarding on Freston Road, W10 by responding to our 2022 Art Week's overarching theme of 'Nourishment'. The artists worked with participants from the local community who attend Homefield House Children Centre to explore ideas around rest as a source of nourishment and think about ways mothers can prioritise their well-being. 

 

In response to the workshops, the artists Birungi Kawooya and BOKANI further collaborated to create three artwork designs which draw the attention of the broader community to the many ways rest can happen and the physical and psychological benefits this can have on individuals. 

 

Now, we ask YOU to review each design proposal below and vote on them. The finalist theme proposal will be announced here and across all our social channels, and the design based on the selected theme will be created in January 2023.

HOW TO VOTE (closed on 3 January) Please check in here for the announcement of the mural theme

Click on through the galleries below to read the statements by the artists about each proposal theme. Please place your vote once for your favourite proposal by 3 January 2023. Once all the votes have been counted, we will announce the chosen proposal to be recreated by Bokani and Birungi as a huge 26 meter mural.

 

Please scroll down to place your vote and scroll further to read on about the artists and the curator, as well as information about Holmfield House Children Centre, where the artists held workshops with womxn of different backgrounds to explore the concept of rest in contemporary society.

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PROPOSAL A | Collect Them All
PROPOSAL B | Rest
PROPOSAL C | Resting Figures

Voting Now Closed - thank you

Further Information 

About Black Blossoms 

 

Black Blossoms is an expanded curatorial project showcasing artists with meaningful stories to tell through their art practice. The platform aims to exhibit their art worldwide in public and gallery spaces, engaging collectors and art lovers to explore their practice further. 

 

The Black Blossoms School of Art and Culture and Journal is dedicated to documenting and highlighting the art histories and the current creative approaches of artists from historically marginalised backgrounds. 

 

Since 2020 Black Blossoms has partnered with KCAW in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and as part of KCAW  efforts to redress the systemic underrepresentation and undersupport of black womxn artists. 

 

Learn more: black-blossoms.online

 

About Birungi Kawooya
 

Birungi Kawooya is a collage artist and tutor inspired by nature, Black womxn and the ingenuity of dance from the African diaspora using batik, paper, paint and sculpture. 


Her works celebrate Black womxnhood, elevating rest, joy and wellbeing.  In 2020 she reflected on how Black womxn are pivotal in leading social justice movements and decided to focus on compelling Black womxn to protect their dreamspace with the “Sisters Need Sleep” collection. The collection celebrates Black womxn resting and taking care of themselves. By prioritising self-care, the figures in “Sisters Need Sleep” resist the forces of domination in themselves and contribute to a more equitable society for all.


Her work is often infused with the lush p