Black Culture
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Black Culture in Britain | Open Project Winners

Exhibition runs from Friday 1 – Sunday 31 October 2021

Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB

 

To celebrate this year’s Black History Month in October, Canary Wharf Arts + Events and the AOP are holding a special month-long exhibition at the Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf. We will be celebrating black culture both through images and the stories of the photographers who have taken them.

The theme is open to personal interpretation from photographer and open to both established and emerging photographers – we welcomed entries from photographers of all backgrounds. AOP For All Working Group, whose cornerstone is to increase awareness of photographers of colour by making both them and their work more visible within the industry, have selected eight amazing artists’ work that celebrate the diversity and spirit of Black Culture in Britain. We are delighted to confirm that our Black Culture in Britain Open Project Winners are: 

 

Winners

Gold Winner: Leroy Logan By Mark Harrison 

© Mark Harrison
The inspiration for the ‘Small Axe’ film by Steve McQueen, where he was played by John Boyega, Logan was a founding member of the Black Police Association. His recent memoir launched him as an author and media pundit. He is also one impressive cool dude. 
 
With over 30 years of capturing the great, the good (and the just plain odd), has given Mark Harrison a body of work of portraits of some of the most important and influential individuals you could ever want to meet.
 

 

Silver Winner: Shakara by Latoya Okuneye

© Latoya Okuneye
Inspired by her sisters, Shakara is Latoya Okuneye’s way of exploring the female experience of Black Nigerian women and their place in society. Empowered by a process of collaboration, her work celebrates their vitality and successes, highlighting also the everyday impact of Nigerian art and culture on fashion and beauty. As a Nigerian girl in the UK Latoya says her work helps her explores her own dual identity and as a project is ‘just the beginning’. 

Runner up: Ben Okri by Marcus Lyon

© Ben Okri
© Ben Okri

Runner up: Chi by Kulbir Thandi

© Kulbir Thandi
© Kulbir Thandi

Runner up: A Veterans Road to Recovery by Michael Clement

© Michael Clement
© Michael Clement

Runner up: Welcome to The Ends by Brunel Johnson

Brunel Johnson Welcome To The Ends 4
Brunel Johnson Welcome To The Ends 2
© Brunel Johnson

Runner up: Black Suffolk by John Ferguson

© John Ferguson

Runner up: Shakara by Latoya Okuneye

© Latoya Okuneye
© Latoya Okuneye
Venue: Crossrail Place Roof Garden

Canary Wharf Arts + Events are responsible for developing cultural and leisure activities across Canary Wharf. The annual calendar comprising of art, music, theatre, and sporting events is continually developing, ensuring that its content remains contemporary, innovative, diverse, and cultural engaged. Working with numerous UK and world-renowned institutions, the Arts + Events programme consists of up to two hundred events a year, the majority of which are free-to-attend. Canary Wharf is also home to London’s largest collection of outdoor Public Art.

Brief organiser

Canary Wharf Group is the developer of the largest urban regeneration project in Europe.

 

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Black Culture in Britain: Canary Wharf Arts+ Events

To celebrate this year’s Black History Month in October, Canary Wharf Arts + Events and the AOP are holding a special month-long exhibition at the Crossrail Place Roof Garden in Canary Wharf. We will be celebrating black culture both through images and the stories of the photographers who have taken them.