Westfield Champions London-Based Artists in New Exhibition Spaces to Mark Black History Month

Celebrating our diverse local community

To commemorate Black History Month, Westfield has collaborated with artists and creators from London to open new exhibition spaces at Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City that celebrate black culture, families and individuals from the nearby boroughs. The exhibitions will run throughout October and share unique and incredible stories through art that celebrates black history and culture in Westfield’s local communities.

The Art Studio launches at Westfield Stratford City this week and features the work of 13 black artists who are showcasing a variety of artwork inspired by themes ranging from heritage, unity, and strength  to the importance of humanity, the female body and cultural pride.

Westfield Stratford City visitors can explore artwork from the likes of Margaret Zawedde who aims to create visibility of the Black British African LGBTQ+ woman, Hannah Pratt who created a clothing brand to tackle the lack of representation in the fashion industry and Matthew Small whose raw and haunting works have won him the Villiers David Art Prize. Located on the ground floor, the exhibition will be in situ until 31st October.

At Westfield London, local photojournalist Cinzia D’Ambrosi was commissioned by Westfield to create a series of intergenerational photographic portraits for a “My Heritage” exhibition. Each portrait of a local W12 resident is accompanied by a personal story with the exhibition celebrating the contributions that Black, African and Caribbean populations have contributed to the UK. These unique stories showcase human journeys that range across generations who have helped shape the UK’s cultural identity.

Free to the public, the exhibition will be open during centre opening hours for the duration of October and can be found on the ground floor between Jack Wills and Monsoon.

Cinzia D’Ambrosi said: “’It has been a privilege to share some of the personal human journeys from the Black, African and Caribbean local communities reminding us of their rich heritage and their immense cultural and economic contribution to the UK.” 

General Manager at Westfield Stratford City, Alyson Hodkinson, said: We’re delighted to welcome visitors to explore the incredible exhibition at Westfield Stratford City that showcases work from local Black artists as part of Black History Month. These fantastic artworks highlight the talent and celebrate the rich culture and creativity in our local community.”

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