Welcome to The Place is Here online educational resource. This website is designed to support learning and conversations around race, politics, activism, and the arts in the context of British history and The Black Arts Movement. Anyone is welcome to use this resource for free.
Between February & May 2017, Nottingham Contemporary exhibited The Place is Here; a contemporary art show spanning painting, sculpture, photography, film and archives by around 30 artists and collectives. The exhibition examined themes of identity, representation and culture which were pivotal during the 1980s – when much of the work was created – yet remain as relevant today. The Place Is Here exhibition toured in 2017 and as a legacy this resource was created to enable learning and conversations to continue.
This resource introduces the artists that participated in The Place is Here exhibition through biographies and explores their creative works to date along with a timeline of political and cultural events. These events fostered urgent conversations between black artists, writers and thinkers during the 1980s – against a backdrop of civil unrest and divisive national politics where people were exploring their relationship to Britain’s colonial past and the history of art.
Who this Resource is for
This free educational resource is ideal for teachers, students, youth workers, home educators and young people. The resource is freely available and allows anyone to teach and learn about the history of The Black Arts Movement and how it connects to present day movements.
The School Resource tab contains more activities for students to learn and expand their knowledge.
This resource is a Nottingham Contemporary commission (2018) by poet Panya Banjoko and artist Jagdish Patel.
If you would like more information about The Place Is Here exhibition, Nottingham Contemporary or this resource please click here.
Panya is a Nottingham based writer, poet and archivist whose work has been published in various anthologies. She has performed widely, including the Olympic Games (2012). She is co-founder of Nottingham Black Archive, coordinates a Writers Network and is Patron for Nottingham City of Literature. Her poem, ‘One Of A Kind’, was commended in the Writers East Midlands Poetry Competition (2017). She was one of the successful poets selected to perform in the award winning film, Brit I Am, directed by Andi Osho. Her debut collection, Some Things was published in June 2018 by Burning Eye Books.
Jagdish works as a photographer, teacher, writer, and researcher. His work is firmly located within the realms of portrait and documentary photography, though he uses a socially-engaged art practice to work in collaboration with people.
He has undertaken projects with people from the Gypsy community in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, Portuguese farm workers in Lincolnshire, people with mental health issues, victims of racial violence across England, and Punjabi bar-owners in the Black Country. He was previously Assistant Director of the anti-racist Human Rights charity, The Monitoring Group (TMG).