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Rainbow Art Group

Rainbow Art Group was an intriguing new initiative of the late 1970s, involving a number of London’s artists. Briefly, the history of the group was as follows: “In the Spring of 1978 MAAS (Minorities’ Arts Advisory Service) held its second London conference. This conference which took place on the 14th April 1978, summoned together people from ethnic groups living in London who were involved with the arts of London’s ethnic groups… The visual artists recognised the main problem that exists in relation to the work and aspirations of all ethnic minorities in the art world, including their own. This is the difficulty that all find in getting their work considered seriously and supported through established channels. They therefore decided, at the Conference, to form an organisation with the aim of promoting their work and, by joint efforts, to make a positive contribution to the cultural life of the country. In this way they hope eventually to create a climate of knowledge and appreciation that will allow the work of the future generation to be admired and sought after on its own merits and not simply because it happens to be the work of an ethnic minority. The first tasks were to find a name, qualify aims and objectives and work out a constitution. At the group’s second meeting held on the 24th June 1978 at the Keskidee Centre, the members agreed that the group should be named ‘Rainbow Art Group’ thereafter.” (1)

The group consisted of Indira Ariyanayagam, Uzo Egonu, Lancelot Ribeiro, Taiwo Jegede, Errol Lloyd, Yeshwant Mali, Gordon V. de La Mothe, Durlabh Singh, Suresh Vedak, Ibrahim Wagh, and Mohammad Zakir. Rainbow Art Group undertook several exhibitions during the time of its existence.

(1) Rainbow Art Group exhibition leaflet, for a show of “Paintings and Sculptures” at Action Space, London, 22 May – 9 June 1979.

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Rainbow Art Group exhibition (Action Space)

Group show at Action Space. 1979
Date: 22 May, 1979 until 9 June, 1979
Organiser: Rainbow Art Group

This was one of several exhibitions undertaken by the Rainbow Art Group, an intriguing new initiative of the late 1970s, involving a number of London’s artists. This was a show of “Paintings and Sculptures” at Action Space, London, 22 May – 9 June 1979. The exhibiting artists were, Taiwo Jegede, Errol Lloyd, Yeshwant Mali, Gordon V. de la Mothe, Durlabh Singh, Suresh Vedak, Ibrahim Wagh, and Mohammad Zakir.

Briefly, the history of the group was as follows: “In the Spring of 1978 MAAS (Minorities’ Arts Advisory Service) held its second London conference. This conference which took place on the 14th April 1978, summoned together people from ethnic groups living in London who were involved with the arts of London’s ethnic groups… The visual artists recognised the main problem that exists in relation to the work and aspirations of all ethnic minorities in the art world, including their own. This is the difficulty that all find in getting their work considered seriously and supported through established channels. They therefore decided, at the Conference, to form an organisation with the aim of promoting their work and, by joint efforts, to make a positive contribution to the cultural life of the country. In this way they hope eventually to create a climate of knowledge and appreciation that will allow the work of the future generation to be admired and sought after on its own merits and not simply because it happens to be the work of an ethnic minority. The first tasks were to find a name, qualify aims and objectives and work out a constitution. At the group’s second meeting held on the 24th June 1978 at the Keskidee Centre, the members agreed that the group should be named ‘Rainbow Art Group’ thereafter.” (1)

The group consisted of Indira Ariyanayagam, Uzo Egonu, Lancelot Ribeiro, Taiwo Jegede, Errol Lloyd, Yeshwant Mali, Gordon V. de La Mothe, Durlabh Singh, Suresh Vedak, Ibrahim Wagh, and Mohammad Zakir. Rainbow Art Group undertook several exhibitions during the time of its existence.

(1) Rainbow Art Group exhibition leaflet, for a show of “Paintings and Sculptures” at Action Space, London, 22 May – 9 June 1979.

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Brochure relating to an exhibition, 1979

People in this exhibition + view all 9

»  Errol Lloyd

Born, 1943 in Jamaica

»  Yeshwant Mali

Born, 1934 in Bombay, India

»  Durlabh Singh

Born, 1946 in Kenya

»  Suresh Vedak

Born, 1943 in Bombay, India

»  Ibrahim Wagh

Born, 1936 in Bombay, India

Exhibition venues

»  Action Space

London, United Kingdom

Rainbow Art Group leaflet

Brochure relating to a publication
Published by: Rainbow Art Group
Unpaginated.

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Leaflet relating to the history and operating of the Rainbow Art Group, an intriguing new initiative of the late 1970s, involving a number of London’s artists. Briefly, the history of the group was as follows: “In the Spring of 1978 MAAS (Minorities’ Arts Advisory Service) held its second London conference. This conference which took place on the 14th April 1978, summoned together people from ethnic groups living in London who were involved with the arts of London’s ethnic groups… The visual artists recognised the main problem that exists in relation to the work and aspirations of all ethnic minorities in the art world, including their own. This is the difficulty that all find in getting their work considered seriously and supported through established channels. They therefore decided, at the Conference, to form an organisation with the aim of promoting their work and, by joint efforts, to make a positive contribution to the cultural life of the country. In this way they hope eventually to create a climate of knowledge and appreciation that will allow the work of the future generation to be admired and sought after on its own merits and not simply because it happens to be the work of an ethnic minority. The first tasks were to find a name, qualify aims and objectives and work out a constitution. At the group’s second meeting held on the 24th June 1978 at the Keskidee Centre, the members agreed that the group should be named ‘Rainbow Art Group’ thereafter.” (1)

The group consisted of Indira Ariyanayagam, Uzo Egonu, Lancelot Ribeiro, Taiwo Jegede, Errol Lloyd, Yeshwant Mali, Gordon V. de La Mothe, Durlabh Singh, Suresh Vedak, Ibrahim Wagh, and Mohammad Zakir. Rainbow Art Group undertook several exhibitions during the time of its existence.

(1) Rainbow Art Group exhibition leaflet, for a show of “Paintings and Sculptures” at Action Space, London, 22 May – 9 June 1979.

The leaflet featured a brief history of the group (as above), Aims & Objectives, and Constitution.

Within the leaflet, the address of the Rainbow Art Group was given as 45 Randall Street, Maidstone, Kent, with a telephone number.

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»  Action Space

London, United Kingdom

Rainbow Art Group exhibition leaflet (Action Space)

Brochure relating to an exhibition, 1979
Published by: Rainbow Art Group
Year published: 1979
Unpaginated.

image of Rainbow Art Group exhibition leaflet (Action Space)

Simple folded brochure relating to Rainbow Art Group exhibition of “Paintings and Sculptures” at Action Space, London, 22 May – 9 June 1979. The brochure consisted of a brief history of the group, plus short biographies of the artists in the exhibition, Taiwo Jegede, Errol Lloyd, Yeshwant Mali, Gordon V. de la Mothe, Durlabh Singh, Suresh Vedak, Ibrahim Wagh, and Mohammad Zakir.

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»  Action Space

London, United Kingdom