There is a tendency in western media and art to portray black women as angry, gold diggers or over-sexualised. The sector’s failure to hire women from black and minority ethnic backgrounds is highlighted as a major cause of concern by the Creative Industries Federation. The lack of diverse voices in the arts, media and creative industries is aiding the misrepresentation and negative stereotypes of black women.
On Sunday 4 October there will be a gallery tour of the Black Blossoms Exhibition, which celebrates and highlights the voices of black women. A seminar will be delivered by exhibitors analysing the portrayal of black women in the media and art. Followed by an interactive workshop where participants will have the opportunity to create a zine or poster re-imagining a more authentic and inclusive narrative of black womanhood.
Francesca Cozier, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Mikela Henry-Lowe, Azzara Amoy Christie