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Westfield launches exhibition to mark Black History Month

Tom Shearsmith
19 October 2020

Commemorating Black History Month, Westfield has collaborated with London-based artists to fill new exhibition spaces at Westfield London and Westfield Stratford with artwork about black culture, families and individuals.

The Art Studio launches at Westfield Stratford City this week and features the work of 13 black artists who are showcasing a variety of artwork inspired by themes ranging from heritage, unity, and strength to the importance of humanity, the female body and cultural pride.

Visitors can explore artwork from the likes of Margaret Zawedde who aims to create visibility of the Black British African LGBTQ+ woman, Hannah Pratt who created a clothing brand to tackle the lack of representation in the fashion industry and Matthew Small whose raw and haunting works have won him the Villiers David Art Prize.

Located on the ground floor, the exhibition will be open until 31 October 2020.

At Westfield London, local photojournalist Cinzia D’Ambrosi was commissioned by Westfield to create a series of intergenerational photographic portraits for a “My Heritage” exhibition.

Each portrait of a local W12 postcode resident is accompanied by a personal story with the exhibition celebrating the contributions that Black, African and Caribbean populations have contributed to the UK.

This exhibition can be found on the ground floor between Jack Wills and Monsoon, also open until 31 October 2020.

General Manager at Westfield Stratford City, Alyson Hodkinson, said: "We’re delighted to welcome visitors to explore the incredible exhibition at Westfield Stratford City that showcases work from local Black artists as part of Black History Month. These fantastic artworks highlight the talent and celebrate the rich culture and creativity in our local community."

Cinzia D’Ambrosi added: "It has been a privilege to share some of the personal human journeys from the Black, African and Caribbean local communities reminding us of their rich heritage and their immense cultural and economic contribution to the UK."

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