“I Matter”

An upcoming exhibition at the Babylon Gallery 

To matter: to be important or significant

Black Curator and Artist, Olu Taiwo will curate the exhibition 'I Matter' formed of the work of 15 artists from Black, Asian and minority ethinic backgrounds and communities. Their work responds to the powerful declaration, "I Matter" and it's recent iterations.

I Matter Hand Image


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 – 13 June 2021.

Following a successful open-call, Olu has shortlisted 15 artists with work that best portrays the theme. The exhibition is a mixture of new and existing artworks in various mediums including sculpture, photography, painting, poetry and digital art, by artists at varying stages in the artistic career. All the works respond to the theme, interrogating the powerful declaration, ‘I Matter’, and its recent complex iterations. Olu's vision for the exhibition looks to showcase works that connects to the importance of diversity as it relates to local traditions, customs, crafts or stories and portrays the skills and creativity of artists and creative practitioners.

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. These will take place in June. RSVP your free place here.

The artists that were unsuccessful in being shortlisted to take part in the exhibition at Babylon Gallery, will be featured on the Babylon ARTS website in an online exhibition which will launch and run alongside the 'I Matter' exhibition from 28 May.


A message from the Curator:

The ‘I Matter’ exhibition provides a platform to tell their stories of why they matter.

I am keen to expand our own perspectives on art, using it to shed light on the broader range of narratives and forms of making. Art is a powerful tool that can be utilised to portray the issues that plague people across all races, backgrounds, religions, orientations and genders.”

Olu Taiwo



Audience engagement

Connected to the exhibition there will be audience engagement activities for a range of ages, drawing on key elements and themes depicted in the selected works. This programme will respect the Covid-19 guidelines at the time, offering such activities via interactive online sessions if deemed necessary. 

Upon selection, Olu will follow up with artists on an individual basis to see if they wish to contribute. There are additional funds available for audience engagement activities.


How to apply

Submissions are now closed. Thank you for your interest.


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