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5 ways to celebrate Black History Month at UAL

By UALHalls 08 Oct 2019


October is Black History Month in the UK. It has been celebrated nationwide every year since 1987.

The month was originally founded to recognize the contributions and achievements that black people have made to this country over many generations.

To mark the important month, Arts SU is hosting a series of interesting talks and events, which are open to UAL students and staff, as well as members of the public. From art screenings to talks on the digital age, there is something for everyone to enjoy.


1) Private View

Thursday 17 October, 6pm - 9.30pm

The Arts Students' Union will be showcasing amazing artworks, by African-Caribbean students and recent graduates, from the University of Arts London. The exhibition titled 'The State of Things' will feature a range of contemporary artworks that promotes the current thoughts and visual processes created by these artists.

2) Industry on the Move

Friday 18 October 5.30pm - 8pm  

This discussion will focus on the voices of African-Caribbean male fashion designers and stylists, exploring menswear within the fashion industry. The topics will involve their journey of being part of the fashion industry from a cultural, social and economic aspect.

3) Tracing African Roots

Tuesday 22 October, 6pm - 8.30pm

The African-Caribbean Society has invited the trailblazing author and family historian Paul Crooks to Central Saint Martins. He successfully traced his family history from London back six generations to ancestors captured of the West African coast and enslaved on a sugar plantation in Jamaica. Paul will be talking about his journey and how he traced back his roots.

4) Inside the digital world

Wednesday 23 October, 6pm - 8.30pm

This discussion will focus on the voices of African-Caribbean digital content creators on the web. The topics will involve stories about their personal journey of being part of the digital industry from a cultural, social and economical aspect.

5) The Young Pioneers of Tomorrow: Artist Talk 

Tuesday 29 October, 5.30pm - 8pm

The Arts Students' Union is presenting talks by the two young pioneering artists Sola Olulode and Rayvenn D'Clark, who will discuss their practices, their inspirations, and future projects.


There are also lots of UK Black History Month events taking place in and around London. If you’re interested in finding out more, we’d recommend looking at the official website.


If you’d like to join the University of the Arts London's African Caribbean Society, you can visit their website.