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RCA Black

25 August 2011 – The Royal College of Art in collaboration with the African and African Caribbean Design Diaspora (AACDD), is proud to present RCA Black, an exhibition celebrating art and design by African and African-Caribbean graduates and students.

The RCA is one of the world’s most influential postgraduate art and design colleges. As an incubator for creative talent it is renowned for its alumni, who include Ridley Scott, James Dyson, Tracey Emin and David Hockney. &nbsp_place_holder;Alongside these, the RCA has also been instrumental in developing the careers of artists and designers from African and African-Caribbean descent, such as painter Frank Bowling RA and architect David Adjaye.

A Royal College of Art education undoubtedly brings with it the prospect of prestige and success, yet at the same time, the College – in common with other major British educational institutions – is seen as being a predominately white university.

With this in mind, RCA Black will for the very first time bring together the multidisciplinary practices of the College’s African and African-Caribbean art and design alumni, past and present. The achievements of these artists and designers – spanning 60 years – are being showcased not only as exemplars of creativity but also as a point of celebration.

Believing that the art and design sector should be truly representative of all talent, the AACDD approached the RCA to present the work of a group of graduates who are often marginalised within the creative industries. RCA Black features 23 artists, designers and makers, including bespoke tailor Charlie Allen; photographer Eileen Perrier; painter Frank Bowling RA; contemporary artists Harold Offeh and Faisal Abdu’Allah; silversmith Ndidi Ekubia and designer Simone Brewster.

Dr Paul Thompson, Rector of the Royal College of Art said: “African and African-Caribbean artists and designers are faced with many barriers in their quest to obtaining academic qualifications; through this exhibition I hope that those considering applying to the College will have confidence that admission is based on merit and not on any other factor.”

31 August&nbsp_place_holder;– 6 September 2011, open 10am – 6pm daily.&nbsp_place_holder; Free admission