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Contemporary African Art in Manchester

Various exhibitions of the city unite to show the large retrospective of the current art of West Africa.


The exhibition ‘We Face Forward: Art From West Africa Today’ will submerge in a few weeks in Manchester, in a grand celebration of contemporary art created in West Africa.

The show indicates the objective of giving knowledge of the art created in the region, to deepen the connections that unite Manchester and the different countries that form Western Africa.

To achieve this, the exhibition rooms at Manchester Art Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery, and the Gallery Of  Costume, at Platt Hall, have joined forces, to be able to show a wide selection of the artistic styles of the region.

In those three spaces, one could enjoy drawings, photography, sculptures, textile works and videos produced by distinguished artists of the region, like, George Adéagbo, Meshac Gaba, George Osodi and Romuald Hazoumé.

Furthermore, for the first time in the U.K, it will show a selection of new works from emerging/upcoming artists of the region such as, Lucy Azubuike, Emeka Ogboh, Charles Okereke, Nyani Quarmyne and Victoria Udondian.

Alongside the show in Manchester, it will bring together, the most celebrated representatives of music from well known countries, like AfroCubism(Toumani Diabaté), Africa Express and Femi Kuti.

The exhibition rooms that will welcome the shows, are mentioned in: Manchester Art Gallery in Moseley Street, Whitworth Art Gallery in Oxford Road, and The Gallery Of Costume at Platt Hall, Winslow Street.

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(Translated by Harriet Payne Email:

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