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Black History Month: Looking Forward

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Sisterly Love, Davinia Clarke, London College of Communication, Illustration and Visual Media, 2023

24 September – 3 November 2021

The Arts Students’ Union at UAL is run for students by students. Ensuring the student voice is at the heart of work, priorities and direction for each academic year. Through Black History Month and beyond, Arts Students’ Union will celebrate the culture, creativity and resilience of our Black students. Exploring and supporting important campaigns such as Black Lives Matter, Decolonizing the Curriculum, developing Black Leadership in our communities, and providing opportunities in which to build and nurture the Black Community at UAL.

“After this year of awakening and movement towards acknowledgement of truths we were already too familiar and aware of, what do we want to share about our lived histories as they are now? Moving forward, how do we want our thoughts on Blackness and lived experiences to be documented, shared and learned from? What is the relationship between reflecting and evolving when it comes to our history and lived experiences? How can our image evolve through art for the future?”

- Rachel Williams, Arts SU Education Sabbatical Officer

For more information on all of the artists exhibited in this showcase please visit:

A selection of artworks exhibited are also available for purchase through Made in Arts London, an initiative run through the Arts SU to support students in developing their skills and knowledge in becoming a professional creative. 100% of the commission from each sale will go directly to the student. Please visit to support these emerging artists!

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    , Ohgbakelo Scarf, Amandine Forest, Central Saint Martins, MA Graphic Communication Design, 2023
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    , Sisterly Love, Cool Breeze, Inhale, Davinia Clarke, London College of Communication, Illustration and Visual Media, 2023
  • Family-Portrait-Shashamani-Jackson.jpeg
    , Family Portrait, Shashamani Jackson, Central Saint Martins, Fashion Knitwear, 2023