Black History Month & Beyond
Manchester Museum's ‘Black History Month and Beyond’ programme aims to open up the museum as a platform for amplifying black voices and stories. We invited young people, community groups, creative practitioners and researchers to submit proposals for new programmes, projects or events that respond to Black History Month, from fashion to food, films to panel discussions, and poetry to blogs.
We’re excited to be working with four partners to support four amazing projects.
The Divinity of Afro Hair
Online Photography Exhibition
Manchester Museum, online
Preview: Tuesday 26 October, 7pm
About the artist
My name is Simone Trumpet and I am a photographer based in Manchester who specialises in portraits, however; I am constantly refining my style and gravitate towards mediums that inspire me from anime and music, to the shapes created in dancing.
Photography is my form of a visual diary. Capturing portraits of people and places allows me to create a tangible memory of my feelings in that moment. I also find that communicating in this visual style gives me more freedom to express a variety of messages at once, such as, exploring identity, religion, and the fluidity of the human form.
When visiting galleries, I have often noticed the marginalisation of black artists, forcing me to actively seek out art where I can see myself reflected.
I began taking self-portraits when I was a teenager, which helps me to reflect on my intersectionality and document my growth. I hope to empower others to be their authentic self. The more time I invest in myself, the more I have found the courage to go for my dream of exhibiting my photography.
“Black Spring exists as an expression of hope for a more equal, more diverse and more exciting future. We are tired of monotonous hegemony existing unchallenged and stifling diverse voices. We are tired of being on the margins within spaces which are supposedly for the marginalised. We are hopeful for a future that is for us and by us.”
- Black Spring Zine
As part of our Black History Month & Beyond programme, Manchester Museum has given support to assist with the printing and design costs. Issue 1 sold out less than 48 hours after it was released, with all profits going to the National Black Arts Alliance, a Manchester-based black-led arts charity, so we are thrilled to be able to support the printing production of the Zine. Available now in the Manchester Museum Shop.
Find out more from editors Claudia Kensani Saviotti and Marcus Clarke about this project to amplify the voices of musicians and fans of colour within alternative music spaces.
Welcoming to England
Film screening by Amber Akaunu
We hosted a film screening by Amber Akaunu, accompanied by a live performance from MC Nelson, followed by a discussion on what it means to be British.
Watch Amber's work here:
Amber Akaunu is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, and BAFTA scholar from Liverpool. Her work explores themes of belonging, identity, and Black culture. Amber's creative practice also expands to her role as the co-founder and editor of Liverpool based magazine, ROOT-ed. The platform aims to represent the underrepresented and has worked with numerous art institutions and individuals to do just that. Amber graduated from university in 2018 with a first-class degree in Fine Art and is now a current MA student at Goldsmiths College in London where she studies Screen Documentary.