No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990

No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990
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Eric Huntley after racist attack on the Bogle L'Ouverture bookshop. ©The Huntley Archives at the London Metroplitan Archives*

Eric Huntley after racist attack on the Bogle L’Ouverture bookshop. ©The Huntley Archives at the London Metroplitan Archives*

A new ground-breaking revolutionary archive and art exhibition in the heart of the City of London.

Where: Guildhall Art Gallery, Heritage Gallery and London’s Roman Amphitheatre, Guildhall Yard, London EC2V 5AE

When: Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th June, 10am – 12noon

Details: Press are invited to attend a preview of the exhibition and will have an opportunity to interview pioneering Black civil rights campaigner Eric Huntley and the curators of the exhibition.

RSVP: If you are interested in attending, please or phone 07748 654134


‘No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990’ which runs from 10th July 2015 to 24th January 2016, is an innovative look at Black British cultural identities, heritage and creative voices and the struggle Black British artists faced to have their voices heard – from the 1960s to the 1990s.

The focus of this exhibition, provided by the City of London Corporation, will be on the life works of Eric and Jessica Huntley and the Bogle L’Ouverture Press, a publishing house and pioneering bookshop and cultural hub that they founded in 1969. Bogle L’Ouverture’s output and work promoted, and was shaped by, decolonisation and the fight against discrimination. Bogle L’Ouverture’s bookshop will be physically recreated in the Gallery to provide a multi-sensory, interactive installation alongside works by notable artists of the period, including Eddie Chambers, Errol Lloyd, Denzil Forrester, Sonia Boyce, Keith Piper, and Sokari Douglas-Camp.

There’ll be monthly events to bring the exhibition to life and delve deeper into its themes, with a diverse range of talks, workshops and gallery tours planned. This will include the Tenth Annual Huntley Conference in the Old Library on Saturday 10 October: a youth-led, inter-generational conference, which explores the exhibition’s core themes and messages.
No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990 is a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) collaboration between the Guildhall Art Gallery, Friends of the Huntley Archives at the London Metropolitan Archives (FHALMA) and the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA).

Beverley Mason, Project Manager for ‘No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990’, comments:

“We are excited to share this vital period in British contemporary history to new audiences and uncover the voices and creative vision of world class Black British artists, who were inspired by, or directly worked with, the pioneering Huntleys. To have created this culturally important archive and arts exhibition marks a valuable shift in thinking about the approach to opening up and enlivening archives and historical art collections worldwide. It’s a great moment in the history of the Guildhall Art Gallery and it’s the perfect venue and location for facilitating these important conversations and showcasing this culturally symbolic archive and thought-provoking works of art.”

Find out more by following #NoColourBar on Twitter.

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