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No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990

10 July 2015 - 24 January 2016

Guildhall Art Gallery's upcoming exhibition is an innovative look at Black British cultural identities, heritage and creative voices - and the struggle Black British artists faced to have their voices heard - from the 1960s to the 1990s.

The focus will be on the life works of Eric and Jessica Huntley and the Bogle L’Ouverture Press, a publishing house and pioneering bookshop and cultural hub that they founded in 1969. Bogle L'Ouverture's output and work promoted, and was shaped by, decolonisation and the fight against discrimination. Bogle L'Ouverture's bookshop will be physically recreated in the Gallery to provide a multi-sensory, interactive installation alongside works by notable artists of the period, including Eddie Chambers, Errol Lloyd, Denzil Forrester, Sonia Boyce, Keith Piper, and Sokari Douglas-Camp.

There'll be monthly events to bring the exhibition to life and delve deeper into its themes, with a diverse range of talks, workshops and gallery tours planned. This will include the Tenth Annual Huntley Conference in the Old Library on Saturday 10 October: a youth-led, inter-generational conference, which explores the exhibition’s core themes and messages. Check our Events page for more information.

No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990 is a Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) collaboration between the Guildhall Art Gallery, Friends of the Huntley Archives at the London Metropolitan Archives (FHALMA) and the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA). 


Images featured on this page are:

  • Advertisement leaflet for posters drawn by RD Hartman
  • Detail from 'Auto Portrait', Chila Kumari Burman
  • Extract from 'Untitled, Claudette Johnson; 1982
  • Detail from 'Dub Scratch', Denzil Forrester; 1991
  • Detail from 'School Report'
  • Detail from 'She Ain't Holding Them Up, She's Holding On (Some English Rose)' by Sonia Boyce; 1986


    Walter Rodney memorial poster

    ​Walter Rodney memorial poster