BLACK BLOSSOMS SCHOOL OF ART AND CULTURE x ART ON THE UNDERGROUND

A NEW SERIES OF FREE ONLINE COURSES
2022

Art on the Underground is delighted to announce a new series of free online short courses curated and delivered with Black Blossoms School of Art & Culture.

The courses will expand on the ideas explored in the artworks and practices of the artists working with Art on the Underground throughout 2022, these include Joy Labinjo, Larry Achiampong, Rhea Storr and Shanti Panchal.

For more information on the series of courses please visit Black Blossoms’ website here.

Each course will run for four weeks and be led by a lecturer who will devise an engaging curriculum that includes an artist talk and a guest lecture. For each session, participants will be asked to engage with learning material that they can read, watch or listen too.

All sessions will be recorded and uploaded online, available to re-watch.

All sessions will be free and open to all. 

 

Course 1 

Art and Activism in the Age of Black Girl Magic – Joy Labinjo 

Start Date: Tuesday 12 July 2022
Duration: 4 weeks (every Tuesday until 2 August 2022)
Time: 6.30-7:45pm

Free. Online. Book here.

The first course, Art and Activism in the Age of Black Girl Magic, will run once a week, every Tuesday evening for four weeks, 12 July – 2 August 2022.

Art and Activism in the Age of Black Girl Magic will expand on the themes present in Joy Labinjo’s large-scale Art on the Underground commission, ‘5 more minutes’ which launched at Brixton Underground station in November 2021, her 36th pocket Tube map cover,  ‘Twist Out’ which launched in May 2022, and in dialogue with other modern and contemporary artworks by Black women and Black non-binary artists. The course examines the themes present in modern and contemporary artworks by Black women and Black non-binary artists. Their contributions to visual artistic production are further explored through the lens of Black feminist thought and action in social and protest movements in contemporary history. Bolanle Tajudeen, the founder of Black Blossoms will lead this course.

An iteration of Art in the Age of Black Girl Magic has previously been taught at Tate (2018 & 2019) and Photographers Gallery (2020).

Courses are delivered live on Zoom and to create an interactive teaching environment, learning material will be provided to registered participants prior to each class. Participants will also be able to access the learning platform which includes the recordings of the live lectures and learning material for 90 days after the last live class. The course will then be archived on this website.

For full information on the weekly sessions please visit Black Blossoms’ website here.

Educator: Bolanle Tajudeen

Bolanle Tajudeen (she/her) is the founder of Black Blossoms – an expanded curatorial platform showcasing contemporary Black women and non-binary artists since 2015. In 2020 Bolanle launched the Black Blossoms School of Art and Culture, an online learning platform decolonizing art education.

Course 2

Black to the Future: Afr0-Futurism as Archival Practice

Start Date: Tuesday 6 September 2022
Duration: 4 weeks (every Tuesday until 27 September 2022)
Time: 6.30-7:45pm

 

Registration will open soon, see Black Blossoms’ website for more details here.

Black to the Future: Afr0-Futurism as Archival Practice, is a four-week course that responds to Larry Achiampong’s 2022 Art on the Underground commission, ‘PAN AFRICAN FLAGS FOR THE RELIC TRAVELLERS’ ALLIANCE (UNION)’ which re-imagines London Underground’s iconic roundel, for Westminster Underground station. The course will explore the concepts of Afr0-Futurism and Pan Africanism respectively. We will learn about the conceptual and aesthetic practice of Black artists, thinkers and multi-disciplinary practitioners whose ideas of global African identities, science and speculative fiction, space and time travel not only critiqued racial oppression but re-imagined equitable societies.

Educator: Janine Francois

Janine Francois is a Black British Feminist, curator, writer and educator. They are known for their insightful, critical but piercing perspectives on race and social justice.  Janine’s practices deconstruct whiteness (and race) within cultural and academic institutions by way of writing, curating/ producing, research, teaching and consultancy.  Janine is also a  PhD candidate at the University of Bedfordshire/ Tate, exploring if Tate can be a safer space to discuss issues of race and cultural differences within a teaching and learning context? Janine’s research is set to complete in October 2022 and is funded by Arts Humanities Research Council. Janine is also 1 of 30 Black Caribbean students funded by AHRC during the periods 2016-to 2019.

 

Course 3

Black Blossoms x Art on the Underground –  Rhea Storr:

November/December 2022, every Tuesday 6:30-7:45pm

Free online lectures, open to all.

More information coming soon.

 

Course 4

Black Blossoms x Art on the Underground –  Shanti Panchal:

January/February 2023, every Tuesday 6:30-7:45pm

Free online lectures, open to all.

More information coming soon.

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