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Vermillion Coloured Stories – Opening
February 11 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Opening Event: 5.30 – 8pm, 11 February 2022.
A pop-up exhibition created and curated by:
artist participants of a Coventry Artspace Art of Curation workshop led by Ian Sergeant
11am – 4pm – Sat 12 / Tue 15 / Wed 16 / Thur 17 / Sat 19 Feb
& 11am – 6.30pm Fri 18 Feb (Ian Sergeant Talk 5-6.30pm)
The exhibition showcases the work and curatorial narrative developed by the participants during their sessions with Ian. It explores themes of home, access and belonging in the ground-breaking life and art of Donald Rodney and other leading members of the West Midlands Blk Art Group (1979-84). Aesthetically, the Blk Art Group’s ground-breaking art, exhibitions, and conventions were a response to the socio-political climate of the time, paving the way for what is regarded as Britain’s Black Art Movement of the 1980s.
Ian Sergeant is a Midlands3Cities AHRC PhD researcher at Birmingham City University, where is researching the Visual Representations and Cultural (Re) Constructions of Black British Masculinities in 21st Century Birmingham. Ian curated Reimaging Donald Rodney at Vivid Projects in 2016. The exhibition explored the digital embodiment and rich legacy of the late Black British artist Donald Rodney.
His forthcoming exhibitions include: Donald Rodney at the Celine Gallery, Glasgow International; Cut & Mix: Representations of Black British Masculine Identities, at New Art Exchange, Nottingham; Curator in residence at Coventry Biennial 2021. He is a member of New Art West Midlands Executive Advisory Group and Film Hub Midlands Advisory Group. He is a director of performing and visual arts organisation Kalaboration, Vivid Projects a non-profit company supporting media arts practice and artist-led exhibition space Ort Gallery.