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Creation for Liberation Open Exhibition 1987

Group show at Brixton Village, Brixton Hill. 1987
Date: 17 October, 1987 until 7 November, 1987
Organiser: Creation for Liberation

What proved to be the final of Creation for Liberation’s open exhibitions of the 1980s took place 17 November - 7 October 1987. Titled, Creation for Liberation Open Exhibition Art by Black Artists, it was held at Brixton Village (formerly St Matthew’s Meeting Place, Brixton Hill, London SW2. The selection panel for the exhibition consisted of Eddie Chambers, Chila Kumari Burman and Eugene Palmer, all of whom had work in the exhibition.  A hugely important dimension of the exhibition was its accompanying seminar, Seeking a Black Aesthetic, led by Aubrey Williams. This was a rare coming together of a senior figure of the pioneering generation of Britain’s postwar immigrant artists, and a younger generation of practitioners. 

As with other Creation for Liberation exhibitions, the exhibition was characterised by contributions by a broad range of practitioners. Some self-taught, some students, some professional. some from London and some from elsewhere in the country. Some artists were older, such as Clevert McKenzie, born in Jamaica in 1938. A particularly fascinating artist was Christopher Sapara, whose catalogue entry noted that he was “Born in England in 1943, and left school at the age of 15 without any qualifications but with an interest in art. He followed it up in prison by drawing portraits of fellow prisoners.”

Financially assisted by Lambeth and Greater London Arts, the exhibition introduced the Aubrey Williams Prize, the artist himself having donated “£100 as a prize for the best exhibit”, as judged by members of the public.

The exhibition’s publicity - poster, brochure, catalogue cover - featured a reproduction of Aubrey WilliamsSun Hyroglyph. The exhibition came with a catalogue, containing monochrome reproductions of work by a number of the artists.

 

 

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»  Chila Kumari Burman

Born, 1958 in Liverpool, England

»  Amanda Holiday

Born, 1964 in Sierra Leone

»  Mowbray Odonkor

Born, 1962 in London, England

»  Eugene Palmer

Born, 1955 in Kingston, Jamaica

»  Danijah Tafari (Fitzroy Sang)

Born, 1955 in Kingston, Jamaica

Exhibition venues

»  Brixton Village, Brixton Hill

London, United Kingdom

Seeking a Black Aesthetic

Announcement relating to a conference, 1987
Published by: Creation for Liberation
Year published: 1987
Unpaginated.

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Programmed to coincide with Creation for Liberation’s Open Exhibition at Brixton Village, 17 October - 7 November 1987. This A4 leaflet promoting Seeking a Black Aesthetic described it as a forum to “be led by Aubrey Williams and chaired by Errol Lloyd. Aubrey will cast a critical look at the artistic output of black artists in Britain, followed by a question and answer period. His talk will be preceeded (sic) by the showing of the film The Mark of the Hand produced by Imruh ‘Bakari’ Caesar.” Note, Caesar was actually the film’s  director.

The event took place on Thursday 29 October 1987, at 7pm, in the Theatre of Brixton Village.

The flyer contained extensive biographical notes on Williams, as well as an uncredited photograph of the artist, and a small monochrome reproduction of Sun Hyroglyph (sic). The flyer incorrectly states that “Aubrey narrates [The Mark of the Hand] himself.”

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»  Errol Lloyd

Born, 1943 in Jamaica

»  Aubrey Williams

Born, 1926 in Georgetown, Guyana. Died, 1990

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»  Brixton Village, Brixton Hill

London, United Kingdom

2nd Creation for Liberation Open Exhibition 1985

Group show at Brixton Art Gallery. 1984
Date: 17 July, 1984 until 8 August, 1984
Organiser: Creation for Liberation

Sylvan Alleyne, Ankobra, Rasheed Araeen, Paddi Arts, Paul Barrett, Ron Best, Percival Blake, Tyrone Bravo, Chila Kumari Burman, Pogus Caesar, Leroy Aurundel Cargill, Carl Clark, Michael Coutain, Anthony Daley, Paul Dash, Fieroza Doorsen, Etienne Dwumah, Terry Dyer, Stella Ezekiel, Winitha Fernando, Denzil Forrester, Samii Francis, Christopher Grey, Moses Tapfuma  Gutsa, Rosetta Halstead, Anthony Jadunath, Gavin Jantjes, Tam Joseph, George Kelly, Trevor Landell, Roland Lawar, Frane Lessac, Errol Lloyd, Myrna Loy, Stella Lymas, Hurren Everell Marsh, Shaheen Merali, Rose McDonald, Clevert Mckenzie, Anthony Miller, Paul Milliner, Tony Moo-Young, Courtney Morgan, Leslie Morgan, Gordon de la Mothe, Pitika Ntuli, Johney Ohene, Harold Patten, Keith Piper, Kell Poisson, Yvonne Roach, Derick Rose, Martin Santos, Maud Sulter, Gillis Simon, Barry Simpson, Ibi Taylor, Gerald Telman, Shanti Thomas, David Trotman, Errol Walker, Tony Walliston, Ansell Walters, Audrey West, John Wilkie, Godfrey Williams

Exhibition venues

»  Brixton Art Gallery

Brixton, London, United Kingdom

Creation for Liberation Open Exhibition Art by Black Artists 1987

Catalogue relating to an exhibition, 1987
Published by: Creation for Liberation
Year published: 1987
Number of pages: 16

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Catalogue for what proved to be the final of Creation for Liberation’s open exhibitions of the 1980s that took place 17 November - 7 October 1987. Titled, Creation for Liberation Open Exhibition Art by Black Artists, it was held at Brixton Village (formerly St Matthew’s Meeting Place, Brixton Hill, London SW2. The selection panel for the exhibition consisted of Eddie ChambersChila Kumari Burman and Eugene Palmer, all of whom had work in the exhibition.  A hugely important dimension of the exhibition was its accompanying seminar, Seeking a Black Aesthetic, led by Aubrey Williams. This was a rare coming together of a senior figure of the pioneering generation of Britain’s postwar immigrant artists, and a younger generation of practitioners.  

The catalogue’s Introduction included some notes as to the origins of the exhibition, which by 1987 in its fourth iteration. Wrote Claudius Hilliman, “Creation for Liberation was born out of the struggles of the black community. These struggles have had and continue to have a cultural dimension in the arts; be it the fine arts, literature, music, the performing arts, film and sport. So when artist Ronald Williams met Linton Kwesi Johnson, a founder member of CFL, about mounting an open exhibition of black art, CFL was ready and able to organize the First Open Exhibition in 1983 at St Matthew’s Meeting Place.”

Catalogue contents as follows:

Contents page, including Organisers, reference to the Aubrey Williams Prize - “£100 as a prize for the best exhibit”, as judged by members of the public, Acknowledgements, etc

Introduction, by Claudius Hilliman, Chairman CFL

Opening Statement by Errol Lloyd

Short bio on Lloyd

One-page notice about the related seminar, to be led by Aubrey Williams, Seeking a Black Aesthetic

Alphabetical list of exhibitors, including seven small monochrome reproductions

Essay, Black Art Exhibitions in Britain, by Eddie Chambers

(Back cover), Creation for Liberation manifesto

As noted by the inclusion of two funding logos, the exhibition was financially assisted by Lambeth and Greater London Arts.

From Lloyd’s introduction: “…These open exhibitions, organised by CFL, have been sufficiently regular over the years and sufficiently well received by the public, to be now classified as one of the important cultural institutions which has been spawned by the black community to meet our deep cultural/artistic needs.

…Over the centuries, there has (sic) been successive waves of immigration to Britain of people who have ultimately contributed to the cultural life of this nation. My own belief, based more on instinct than on any concrete research, is that no other comparable group has created a more prolific or coherent body of work in the field of the visual arts in so short a period of time and from such adverse conditions than our brothers and sisters whose roots are in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.”

The exhibition’s catalogue cover featured a reproduction of Aubrey Williams’ Sun Hyroglyph. The catalogue containing monochrome reproductions of work by a number of the artists.

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»  Errol Lloyd

Born, 1943 in Jamaica

»  Kenneth McCalla

Born, 1961 in England

»  Shaheen Merali

Born, 1959 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

»  Mowbray Odonkor

Born, 1962 in London, England

»  Eugene Palmer

Born, 1955 in Kingston, Jamaica

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»  Brixton Village, Brixton Hill

London, United Kingdom