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Makeda Coaston

Makeda Coaston was one of four curators responsible for No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990, a sizeable exhibition and archive project, the centrepiece of which was a six-month exhibition that took place at Guildhall Art GalleryLondon, 10 July 2015 – 24 January 2016. The exhibition aligned itself to, and had a pronounced interplay with, not only the struggles immigrant communities in Britain, particularly during the 1960s to 1980, but also some of the manifestations of these struggles, such as the Black bookshop, and Black British publishing initiatives.

Within the No Colour Bar catalogue, Coaston was described as “a change-maker and senior cultural strategist with over 25 years’ experience in project management, arts and cultural programming, organisational development and advocacy  as a diversity and inclusion champion for the creative industries. She has delivered capacity building and professional development initiatives; curated a wide range of programmes and events and produced publications advancing public education and advocacy issues. With the Greater London Authority, she developed and delivered the award-winning “Mayor’s Commission on African and Asian Heritage”, which helped to embed  cultural diversity into London’s heritage sector. She served on the development committee for the No Colour Bar exhibition.

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»  Guildhall Art Gallery

London, United Kingdom