To celebrate this year’s Black History Month at Canary Wharf we will be bringing you literature curated by Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo, dance performances from Joseph Toonga’s Just Us Dance Theatre and a photography exhibition with the Association of Photographers (AOP) exploring ‘Black Culture in Britain’.
Black Culture in Britain, Photography Exhibition
Fri 1 – Sun 31 October
Crossrail Place Roof Garden
To celebrate this year’s Black History Month, Canary Wharf Arts + Events and the AOP are holding a special month-long exhibition. Celebrating Black culture both through the images on display and the stories of the photographers who have taken them.
We launched the competition in June this year, asking photographers to submit images that display the creativity, beauty and strength that is found within the Black community in Britain as well as the challenges faced.
The competition was judged by the AOP for All, a group striving to increase awareness of photographers of colour by making both them, and their work more visible within the industry.
Gold: Leroy Logan by Mark Harrison
Silver: Shakara by Latoya Okuneye (Creative Direction: Latoya Okuneye and Michelle Okuneye)
Black Britain: Writing Back with Bernardine Evaristo
Fri 1 – Sun 31 October
Short Story Stations: Crosssrail Place Roof Garden, Jubilee Place and Canada Place
We have teamed up with award-winning novelist, poet, dramatist, essayist and activist, Bernardine Evaristo. The joint winner of The Booker Prize 2019 for Girl, Woman, Other and the first Black female author to top the fiction chart in the UK, Bernardine is on a mission to champion the often-underrepresented work of black British authors with her fantastic Black Britain: Writing Back campaign. Throughout October Bernardine will be curating the content on our Short Story Stations with a selection of her favourite black authors as well as an extract from her new book.
Born to Protest, Joseph Toonga, Just Us Dance Theatre
Wed 13 October 1pm & 4pm
This timely dance performance dismantles presumptions around black male and female figures based on intimidation, danger and isolation, revealing instead character traits of fragility, vulnerability and a constant battle to prove oneself. A cast of seven delivers this important message with an energising soundscape featuring Hip Hop beats and voice over.
Recommended age: 12+ years, duration: 35 minutes