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Lon Art presents

Black Herstory Month

Sunday 1 October
Main Space
free

In a nutshell

Black Herstory Month is an event that aims to celebrate the Black History Month from a gender perspective.

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Black people have been omitted from much historical narrative, and within this discrimination, women's stories have been largely ignored.

Through our workshops we would like to introduce to the public inspiring black women and highlight the absence of black women in certain areas of knowledge, e.g. science. Each of these women contributed positively to British society, yet they receive much less recognition than white men or women.

Our event invites participants of all ages and backgrounds to reflect upon the need to have more black women in important roles in society so as to promote equality not just in race but also in gender. At schools, BHM is mainly about black men, such as Martin Luther King, and when it comes to women, normally only Rosa Parks is considered. However, we think that women can change things with achievements in professions and roles. And there are indeed some good examples that unfortunately have not been given the attention and relevance they deserve. These are the people who need to gain visibility in order to broaden society's perception of the black community and black women in particular.

What to Expect

Art Workshops for families:

Claudia Jones, 'A people's art is the genesis of their freedom'
Concept: children will learn about the carnival and Claudia Jones' and others' legacy.
Methodology: carnival outfits made with collages while creating a unique gazette!
Participants: children (+ 5 years)
Objective: The positive impact of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Where are all the black women in science?
Concept: children will start visualising black women within science.
Methodology: puppets made with stencils with different hairstyles to represent women in science.
Participants: all (children +6 years)
Objectives:To challenge stereotypes in science. To present contemporary black scientists as role models.

Who's Involved

Lon-art opens a window onto art, culture and languages through education workshops and community events. Our vision is to improve the accessibility of creativity, culture and learning for everybody through the arts. Our mission is to provide a platform for communities, artists and educators to collaborate, reflect and create.

What people are saying

'I just thought it was such a great day. We had three amazing different events happening, that you guys ran for us. You guys were so enthusiastic, you got the kids to be enthusiastic… It was a great, great success, one of the best events we’ve actually had.' - Rajia Khan, Black History Month Co-ordinator, Idea Store

'Engagement of non-British young people in activities is paramount to their future integration but it is a challenge. However, Lon-art came with a unique, creative & interactive project to tackle exactly that. Centrepoint wants now to extrapolate the project in all its services. Besides, Lon-art staff are open, approachable and flexible in running the project and they made a massive impact not only in young people’s engagement but also in raising staff interest and engagement. I am glad to work with them.' - Asmerom Woldegebriel, Immigration & Integration Manager, Centrepoint

'For Oxford House, working with Lon-art always means success. After hosting ‘The Salon of Spanish Rejects’ at our gallery in 2014, Lon-art has run other workshops here and won one of our creative contests. We hope to maintain our collaboration in the future because to be part of Lon-art’s projects is a real honour.' - Eva Carmona, Marketing and Communications Officer, Oxford House

Why does Rich Mix matter?

'Rich Mix is one of the few remaining arts platforms open to local communities in East London, offering them a broad family arts programme to complement arts and education outside of school.

Find out more

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Things you should know

This event is wheelchair accessible.