In September 2020 at the Babylon Gallery in Ely young curator Olu Taiwo proposed the idea of offering artists, who have felt excluded in any way, a platform to share their artworks and stories.
He said: “The ‘I Matter’ exhibition provides an opportunity for artists to share their personal stories of why they matter via their artwork.”
Subsequently, a far-reaching open-call in January 2021 attracted over 100 artists, 15 of whom were selected to feature in the unique and timely exhibition, I Matter.
During its time at the Babylon Gallery the exhibition became a massive success reaching over 788 people in just two weeks, and because of this success, a new version of the exhibition has been commissioned at Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery until November 28.
Due to the large number of artist submissions, Olu also decided to host an online exhibition of a wider selection of work by the artists who applied.
The exhibition is formed of new and existing works created by 27 artists all from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and responds to the powerful declaration, ‘I Matter’ and its recent complex iterations providing a strong sense of identity for all involved.
The works showcase vary, from painters, printmakers, sculptors, animators, filmmakers and photographers showcasing the talent of these minority creators.
Olu says: “The fantastic response to the original call-out emphasises the need for more targeted opportunities for artists from ethnic minority backgrounds to have their voices heard. As a young black curator, I’m looking to continue to help to facilitate this in the future.
“This exhibition and my time as a Young Curator, helped to build the beginnings of a community of talented artists, and I’ve made friendships that I know will continue well into the future.”
Opening times at Peterborough are 10-4pm Tuesday to Saturday and 12-4pm Sundays. Entry is free.
For those who cannot attend in person, the virtual exhibition can be accessed using this link.