No Colour Bar extended its reach with edited versions of the exhibition by arranging a short tour at three venues: Hackney Museum, Black Cultural Archives and Cubitt Gallery.
Cubitt Art Gallery
10 March - 12 April 2016
A Public Resource featured archive books from The Walter Rodney Bookshop installation and archive posters from No Colour Bar: exhibition. Part research tool and part forum, A Public Resource provided a setting for the dissemination and support of progressive ideas and nonconformist energies. A focus on grassroots political movements, activism, and alternate art histories and futures.
The public programme included talks by No Colour Bar curator Michael McMillian and consultant Michael Ohajuru.
Curated by Morgan Quaintance.
7 Oct 2016 – 21 Jan 2017
A digital element of the No Colour Bar exhibition was part of Hackney Museum’s People Power: Black British Arts & Activism in Hackney 1960s – 2000s. A reproduction of the Walter Rodney installation as a bookcase was created from materials taken from the Guildhall Art Gallery exhibition. This ‘pop-up’ bookcase was constructed with wood and materials from the gallery and included one of the two 27” interactive screens, set up to show six films.
Connecting Black Archives & Black Bookshops
5 November 2016
Curator Michael McMillan took part in the Hackney Museum's programme of events with a workshop called Connecting Black Archives & Black Bookshops.
Black Cultural Archives (BCA)
13 October 2016 – 24 January 2017
A digital element of the No Colour Bar exhibition and an installation of archive book covers from the Bogle-L'Ouverture Publications portfolio was on display at BCA.
The collaboration with BCA consisted of a display of Archive book covers, mounted in the Heritage Learning Room and two public programme events. The first time that they had an installation has been set up in the space. Director, Paul Reid commented that the people attending school sessions were curious and asked questions about the books - it was a successful collaboration.
A digital exhibition of No Colour Bar films were projected on the large screen and also displayed during the two public event:
Publishing & Literary Archives: Cutting through White Noise
13 October 2016
Iconic Black literary activists in conversation
The event aimed to share and educate an intergenerational audience about the Huntleys’ campaigns of resistance, anti-racist socio-political interventions and their fiercely determined support for new Black talent and writing that changed the post-migration literary world forever. Shani Crawford, (Chair) with Eric Huntley, Margaret Busby, Margaret Andrews, Donald Hinds. This was a collaboration with BCA’s young people Spoken Word initiative. The runner up from BCA's Poetic Unity competition, Princess, was given the platform to reach an intergenerational audience. FHALMA continued to support Princess with performance engagement at the Annual Huntley conference (March 2017).
Vision, Voice & Power – Black Women Artists in Britain
Thursday 10 November 2016
Black women artists in Britain have played a significant role in the vitality of contemporary British art, yet how many of us can say that we have seen their work or engaged with their visions? The session was headlined by a keynote speech with Marlene Smith, artist, researcher, curator of the Black Art & Modernism initiative. With artists Claudette Johnson and Sokari Douglas Camp CBE,
the session was followed by Q&A with Makeda Coaston NCB co-curator, Makeda Coaston with contributions by two young Black female artists, Ekua Mc Morris (visual arts) and Ade (spoken word).
Curated by Beverley Mason.