Rarely seen artworks by the Blk Art Group go on show at Sheffield’s Graves Gallery


SHEFFIELD.- From Saturday 27 August, Sheffield’s Graves Gallery will debut the UK ’s first exhibition exploring the work of the influential art collective, the Blk Art Group. Curated by Museums Sheffield, the exhibition will bring together rarely-seen works from the city’s own collections and loans from the artists to showcase the group’s considerable contribution to raising awareness of black British art. In the early 1980s, the British National Party was on the rise, the Brixton riots were shaking London and South Africa was in the grip of apartheid. Against a backdrop of injustice and unrest, the Blk Art Group emerged as a strong creative force in Britain. Heavily influenced by the Black Power Movement in the US , the artists in the group each made powerful responses to the crises in race relations both at home and overseas. Using a wide range of materials, from s