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Autumn Exhibitions Film by Amber Akaunu

The Bluecoat is exhibiting three important solo shows focussing on Black identity from Friday 15 October 2021 until 23 January 2022.

Date posted

02 September 2021

Get a closer look at the exhibitions in our gallery and hear from the artists behind them in our newly commissioned film by Amber Akaunu.

Featuring exclusive interviews with Deborah Roberts, Rosa-Johan Uddoh and Sumuyya Khader, hear each artist discuss the processes behind their Bluecoat exhibitions and themes that influence their practice.

Get a glimpse behind the scenes at the install of the shows and hear from Bluecoat Senior Curator Adam Lewis-Smythe.

A look inside by Deborah Roberts

A look inside, by US based artist Deborah Roberts (Austin, Texas 1962) critiques notions of beauty, the body, race and identity in contemporary society through the lens of Black children in the USA, combining collage with mixed media.

Practice Makes Perfect by Rosa-Johan Uddoh

Practice Makes Perfect, by Rosa-Johan Uddoh (1993, Croydon), focuses on the timely subject of childhood education in Britain. The exhibition includes a major new work by Uddoh - a large-scale collage - which investigates the historical figure of Balthazar.

Always Black Never Blue by Sumuyya Khader

Sumuyya Khader's Always Black Never Blue reflects on contemporary life in Liverpool and explores people and place through illustration, drawing, print and painting. Khader’s portraits focus on Black subjects and talk to Black lived experience and identity.