Leeds Arts Union, in collaboration with the African Caribbean Society, recently took over a space at Leeds Corn Exchange to celebrate the work of the University’s BAME student community. Over 30 students and alumni from a broad range of courses showcased their work in the exhibition, 2020, from 21 to 25 February.
The exhibition launched with a well-attended and lively preview on 20 February with music provided by Eric Ng'Ang'A, BMus Popular Music Performance student and photography by Alex Mitchell, BA Fashion Photography. Opening event catering was provided by Northern Monk and Brown Sugar Catering.
Aderice Palmer-Jones, President of Leeds Arts Union said: “As part of my presidential manifesto, I committed to encourage the representation of BAME students at our University. Members of the University’s African Caribbean Society told me that they wanted more opportunities to share their work with a wider audience. The result was a vibrant and well-received exhibition celebrating creatives of colour with a wonderful display of talent and cultural diversity. The exhibition was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the work of Leeds Arts University’s BAME students to shoppers and art-lovers in a high footfall location.”
Participating students were Hafifa Ahmed (MA Creative Practices), Kwame Asamoah (L6 Fashion Photography), Maryam Ashfaq (L6 Fashion Design), Hamza Ashraf (FAD), Kariim Case (MA Creative Practices alumnus), Charmaine Chikiwa (FAD), Natasha Clarke (MA Curation Practices), Raphael Dada (L6 Fine Art), Leon Davis (L5 Graphic Design), Gracie D'Silva (L6 Fashion Design), Elizabeth Forbes (L5 Textile Design), Georgia Hinds (L6 Fashion Photography), Jordan Hubbard-Lambert (L5 Fashion Photography), Mahmuna Hussain (MA Creative Practices), Sameera Ilyas (L4 Fashion Branding with Communications), Lauryn-Alexi Ipinson Fleming (L5 Fashion Photography), Zham Jumbo (L6 Animation), Sophia Kaikitis (L5 Fine Art), Simran Kanda (L6 Fashion Photography), Benedicte Kiza (L5 Fashion Branding with Communications), Olga Motema (L6 Textile Design), Nik Raisa Nik Arshad (L5 Graphic Design), Okocha Obasi (L6 Graphic Design), Valerie Obigwilo (L5 Fashion Photography), Lydia Owen (L6 Fine Art), Nadeni Pereira (L4 Fine Art), Lucinda Pina (L6 Illustration), Precious Seronga (L5 Visual Communication), Tanya Shanduka (L6 Visual Communication), Wen Ting Lai (L5 Fashion Design), Lucie Ama Turton (L5 Textile Design) and Ella Ward (L4 Photography).