Trespassing: Art and Black belonging in a colonial landscape

A painted portrait of a mother sitting on a chair with her young child in her lap. She wears a floral patterned tunic dress and trainers. While her child wears bright blue. The mother smiles at the viewer. Overlapping the figures is a busy scene filled with greenery and an open door to the right. The leaves behind the two figures are collaged with photographs of people. The collaged leaves have a green tinge and are subtle touch to the work.
Still You Bloom in This Land of No Gardens © Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Courtesy of the artist, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen

5 April 2024, 19.00-20.00

The Ondaatje Wing Theatre / Online livestream

Onsite: £10 (£8 Members / concessions)
Online £8 (£6 Members / concessions)

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Writer, editor and journalist, Niellah Arboine, whose work explores the complexities of Black belonging in nature, will facilitate a conversation that considers the role of artistic practice and expression to create and assert a new kind of belonging in Britain’s colonial landscape. 

This new kind of belonging captures the essence of The Time Is Always Now: Artists Reframe the Black Figure and its emphasis on ‘Our Aliveness’. 

Further speakers to be announced.

About this event:
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Colour full-length portrait of writer Niellah Arboine sitting on a chair outside on grass and with bushes in the background
© Fredrik Nilsen


Niellah Arboine is a writer, editor and broadcaster from south London. Her work centres on the intersections of nature, politics, culture and identity. Niellah is the deputy editor at Where the Leaves Fall, a magazine exploring humankind's connection to nature and an original member of gal-dem and the previous lifestyle editor.


Dr. Jade de Montserrat is an artist concerned with challenging structures of care in institutions and with the intersection of gender, race, class, and colonialism, often in the context of life in rural communities. 

Jade is represented by Bosse & Baum Gallery, London. She is part of a group exhibition at The Drawing Room in London, 2024.