Peterborough Art Gallery shines a spotlight on minority artists


The Lincolnshire artist and young curator is launching ‘I Matter’, a new exhibition featuring work by black, Asian and ethnic minority artists.

In September 2020 at the Babylon Gallery in Ely, young curator Olu Taiwo came up with the idea of ​​offering artists, who felt excluded in any way, a platform to share their works and stories.

He said: “The ‘I Matter’ exhibition gives artists the opportunity to share their personal stories of why they are important through their work.”

Subsequently, a large-scale open call in January 2021 attracted more than 100 artists, 15 of whom were shortlisted to feature in the unique and timely exhibition, I Matter.

While at the Babylon Gallery, the exhibition became a huge success, reaching over 788 people in just two weeks, and due to this success, a new version of the exhibition was commissioned from the Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery until November 28.

Due to the large number of artist applications, Olu also decided to host an online exhibition of a wider selection of works from the artists who applied.

Virtual exhibition. Babylonian Arts

The exhibition is formed from new and existing works created by 27 artists all from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds and responds to the powerful ‘I Matter’ statement and its recent complex iterations offering a strong sense of identity to all. the people involved.

The showcase of works varies, painters, engravers, sculptors, animators, filmmakers and photographers showcasing the talent of these minority creators.

Olu says: “The fantastic response to the initial call underscores the need for more targeted opportunities for artists from ethnic minorities to make their voices heard. As a young black conservative, I seek to continue to help facilitate this in the future.

“This exhibition and my time as a young curator helped build the beginnings of a community of talented artists, and I made friendships that I know will continue well into the future.”

Hours of operation in Peterborough are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free entry.

For those who cannot attend in person, the virtual exhibit can be accessed using this connect.


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