Too Many Blackamoors featured as poster image for Photo Oxford Festival 2021 & speaker at 

‘Women, Memory & Transmission. Postcolonial perspectives from the arts & literature’

Monday 18th October, 9am - 5pm
Maison Française d'Oxford




TPG New Talent (TNT) is a dedicated exhibition and mentoring programme identifying and supporting the most exciting and relevant UK-based emerging artists working within the photographic medium.

The TNT ‘21 artists are Heather Agyepong, Jessica Bernard, Ollie Gapper, Mariam Sholaja, RAKE Collective and Wing Ka Ho Jimmi.

They were  chosen from an open call by the Brazilian artist, Rosângela Rennó along with TPG Senior Curator, Karen McQuaid who were looking for approaches and work that they felt demonstrated a clear declaration of intent and were visually strong and coherent across concept, form and realisation. 


The Body Remembers Tour Begins


“To give love to our inner selves we must first give attention, recognition and acceptance. Having let ourselves know that we will not be punished for acknowledging who we are or what we feel we can name the problems we see” – bell Hooks, author of sisters of the yam: black women & self recovery

The body is an archive. It remembers everything – even the things that the head forgets.

Heather Agyepong’s powerful new solo performance The Body Remembers explores how trauma lives in the body, particularly for Black British women across different generations. Through a unique and compelling relationship between the audience and artist, it creates a collective cathartic experience.

Created & performed by multidisciplinary artist & actor Heather Agyepong, The Body Remembers features interviews of Black British women in trauma recovery. The performance is inspired by the therapeutic practice of Authentic Movement with Agyepong as The Mover and the audience as The Witness. Featuring dynamic projections and an immersive soundscape which help the audience to re-discover the power of self-reflection as the start of recovery and healing. Co-created by Imogen Knight (movement) and Gail Babb (dramaturgy), The Body Remembers creates a space for audience and artist to attend to themselves and each other.

The Body Remembers is produced by Fuel, with support from Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, the Esmee Fairbairn and the Jerwood New Work Fund.


Tickets

Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach RoadTottenham GreenLondon, N15 4RX– Book here

Thursday 7 October – Saturday 9 October


Dance International Glasgow, Tramway, 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE

15th October- Book here


Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill

London SW11 5TN - Book here

Wednesday 20 October – Saturday 23 October

Wednesday 27 October – Saturday 30 October

Monday 1 November – Thursday 4 November


Exeter Phoenix Theatre, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS – Book here

Tuesday 9 November


Tobacco Factory Theatres, Factory Theatre and Spielman Theatre, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF– Tickets coming soon

Friday 12 November – Saturday 13 November


Image: Myah Jeffers, 2021


Announcing Heather Agyepong and Joanne Coates Awardees of the fourth Jerwood/Photoworks Awards



Jerwood Arts and Photoworks are delighted to announce Heather Agyepong and Joanne Coates as awardees of the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards.

Now in their fourth edition, the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are a major commissioning opportunity supporting early-career artists working with photography to make new work and significantly develop their practice. The awardees were selected from over 370 applications to a national call for entries and will now be supported to realise ambitious new works over the next 12 months for a national touring exhibition launching in London at Jerwood Arts galleries at Jerwood Space in autumn 2022.


WINNER OF THE 2021 PHOTO LONDON EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHER AWARD IN PARTERNSHIP WITH NIXON EUROPE.


Photo London: We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2021 Emerging Photographer Award is Heather Agyepong, presented by James Hyman Gallery. The winner was unveiled during an event that took place at the Nikon Gallery space on Sunday, 12 September.



PHOTO LONDON 9-12 SEPT 2021

Somerset House, The Strand, London,  WC2R 1LA

Stand B5 (East Wing)
James Hyman Gallery is delighted to return to Somerset House for Photo London. Our presentation will focus on the London premiere of Heather Agyepong's recent series Wish You Were Here, special exhibition prints by Helen Sear, and a curated selection of vintage photographs by Cecil Beaton, Ilse Bing, Andre Kertesz, Charles Negre, Ruth Orkin, Man Ray, Aaron Siskind, Edward Steichen and Julien Vallou de Villeneuve.


Wish You Were Here selected for Photo Vogue Festival 2021: Reframing Histories





Format 21|Meet The Artist 

FORMAT21 presents our new Meet the Artist series of short videos, produced by the fantastic team of FORMAT volunteers. Get to know the artists on a more personal level and find out about their ambitions and top tips.

In our first video we present Heather Agyepong, who is currently exhibiting as part of FORMAT Presents at Deda in Derby. You can also see her work in Room 4 in FORMAT21 Online.


Black Mind Blooms: Exploring ideas on self reflection as a radical act with guest artist, Heather Agyepong

Thursday 13th May, 7.45pm

How can art aid in our healing? Can art truly be therapeutic without being exploitative? What are the creative ways in which we can establish agency?




Wellbeing Vox Pops for Arnolfini & University of the West of England Bristol 

This project is a collaboration between Clare Johnson (VCRG) and Keiko Higashi (Arnolfini). The film brings together a series of UWE academics and artists to critically engage with the concept of ‘wellbeing’ in the context of the Health & Wellbeing exhibitions on show at Arnolfini from winter 2020-spring 2021: A Picture of Health and Jo Spence: from fairytales to phototherapy. The aim is to critically examine ‘wellbeing’ from a range of different disciplinary perspectives. The film was made in February-March 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the context of increasing interest in the overlap between creative arts and health and wellbeing. 



Flat 70: Reclaim Space Campaign

22.03.21-11.04.21. 

300 Locations Across England

A campaign with a mission to celebrate black craft and the important space black artists occupy as sources of inspiration to society. flat 70 is taking over digital screens across our home neighbourhood of Elephant & Castle as well as a couple extra iconic locations in the heart of London’s cultural districts, Southbank and Shoreditch. Bringing black art to the high street, the two-week walkable exhibition features work from 15 contemporary African & Caribbean visual artists in our network, all at different stages in their career, some from around the corner and others from around the world.




Photo Fringe 2020: Interview with Pelumi Odubanjo

Pelumi Odubanjo, one of the three selected Photo Fringe 2020 Trainee Curators, interviewed Heather Agyepong about the motivations and processes for this new work.


RPS WOMEN IN PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP: INTERVIEW


Hundred Heroines Interview  with Venetia Jolly

Heroine Heather Agyepong discusses mental health, coping with lockdown and her upcoming projects


FOAM TALENT 2021  

Foam is proud to announce the names of the 20 young artists, whose work will feature in the upcoming Foam Magazine #58: Talent, which will be published in February 2021.

The fifteenth edition of Foam Magazine’s Talent issue presents a selection of outstanding artists, each in their own way feeling the pulse of our times. In spite of the many challenges humankind was confronted with in 2020, Foam counted the highest number of submissions yet: 1803 entries, from 72 countries - each of which represented a message in a bottle from different parts of the world, which felt more fractured than ever. This year’s common, underlying theme is a close, sharp look at one of the most important subjects, the human condition. While being born out of the Covid-19 pandemic, this issue is also a beautiful, hopeful and refreshing statement of the possibilities the photographic medium offers, and the exciting future ahead.


Arnolfini UWE Bristol: Art in the City Talk

Artist Heather Agyepong in conversation with Keiko Higashi, Engagement Producer at Arnolfini recorded on 11 November 2020.Full details at arnolfini.org.uk/whatson/art-in-the-city-heather-agyepong/


BJP Interview : “We want action” 

Agyepong discusses her most recent series Wish You Were Here — what drove it, what it signifies, and what it means today with Hannah Abel-Hirsch.


Aesthetica Interview: Making the Space

London-based visual artist Heather Agyepong’s latest series, Wish You Were Here, focuses on Overton Walker’s life and legacy. 


Infamous Bodies

Early Black Women’s Celebrity and the Afterlives of Rights by Samantha Pinto, 2020


On representing Mary Seacole: a Jamaican-Scottish war heroine

Posted 12 Oct 2020, by Samantha Pinto


2 Art Gallery Shows to Explore From Home

Galleries and museums are getting creative about presenting work online during the coronavirus crisis. Here are two shows worth viewing virtually.


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