Curated by Babylon Young Curator Olu Taiwo, the exhibition is formed of work created by artists from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and communities. Their work responds to the powerful declaration, ‘I Matter’ and its recent complex iterations.
Following an open call, Olu selected 15 artists to showcase their work, they are:
All 15 of the artists will be featured in a series of three artists' panels interviewed by Olu, discussing their artworks, training and the reasons behind the curation and selection. RSVP your free place here.
Due to the large number of artist submissions, Olu has also decided to host an online exhibition of a wider selection of work by the artists who applied. This online exhibition will be featured on the Babylon ARTS’ website and will run alongside the I Matter exhibition from Friday 28th May until Tuesday 31st August. View the online exhibition here.
Olu Taiwo is currently taking part in the Babylon Young Curators Programme; a year-long professional development opportunity for young people aged 18 – 25. As a Babylon Young Curator, Olu is presenting an exhibition called ‘I Matter’ at Babylon Gallery in Ely, from 28 May to 13 June.
Babylon Gallery's opening times have been extended to Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm for the duration of the I Matter exhibition.
If you aren't able to visit in person, or would like a preview of the exhibition you can see our virtual tour here or click on the images below:
As part of our commitment to accessible audience engagement, we are offering 2 opportunities for the public to become involved and get creative themselves, either through a family craft activity or by writing some poetry. There is no age limit for either of the activities.
The bird for this activity was inspired by the film, 'Birds or Borders' by Parham Ghalamdar.
We invite you to either collect a cardboard cut-out bird from the gallery during opening times, or to download the template to be printed onto card and cut out yourself.
Please decorate your bird in whatever way you choose and then return it 'to the flock' during the exhibition at the Babylon Gallery, where it will be exhibited between 28 May and 13 June. If you wish to collect your bird at the end of the exhibition after 13th June, please write your name on it or attach a label.
Download the printable PDF bird template here.
'I Matter' Online Poetry Opportunity
Babylon ARTS is delighted to be working in partnership with Fen Speak to encourage people to use poetry to respond to the 'I Matter' exhibition, as a whole or to an individual artwork. The I Matter exhibition will be on from Friday 28th May - Sunday 13th June, and the Gallery will be open Monday to Sunday between 10am to 4pm. A virtual tour will also be available in early June, so those not able to visit the Babylon Gallery can still participate.
Poetry submissions are to be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 13th June to be published online on the Babylon ARTS website as well as to be feature on Fen Speak’s social media platforms.
Fen Speak will also feature a selection of the poems submitted for this exciting opportunity as part of Fen Speak's coverage of Celebrate the Fens Day on Saturday 19th June.
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