Painting Workshop: Portraits of our Elders

Weekend workshop

Portrait of a woman wearing a green blouse and black jacket, seated, with plants in the background
Linda Haye OBE © Shannon Bono


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27 January - 28 January 2024, 11.00-17.00

The Law Photography Studio

£250 (£200 Members / concessions)

Windrush: Portraits of a Pioneering Generation is a display of newly commissioned works from the Royal Collection capturing portraits of inspiring individuals from the Windrush generation. 

Join exhibition portraitist Shannon Bono to learn how to paint portraits of your own elders in this two-day practical workshop. Explore and discuss the portraits of the 10 sitters as a group, delving into their fascinating and inspiring back stories. Then, back in the studio, learn from Bono, an artist who centres the authentic representation of women of colour in her work, about how to create portraits in acrylic paint using carbon paper from source material such as photographs. Bono will provide technical tuition, explaining how to paint a portrait that captures personality and individual biography and provide an insight into her own process; building a relationship with the sitter and choosing a composition that celebrates them and encapsulates their identity.

All materials will be provided. Suitable for all abilities. Maximum participants 15.

Black and white profile photo of a woman wearing a shirt with her hair up



Shannon Bono
is one of 10 artists commissioned by His Majesty King Charles III to create portraits of sitters from the Windrush generation to celebrate the 75th Anniversary in 2023. Bono’s paintings embody an afrofemcentrist consciousness, sharing muted narratives and projecting the black women’s lived experience through her own lens. She is invested in producing layered, figurative, compositions embedded with symbolism that centralise black womanhood as a source of knowledge and understanding. Bono received her MA in Art & Science from Central Saint Martins University and her Associate Fellowship in higher education from the University of the Arts London. In 2021, Bono presented her first solo exhibition titled “The Hands that Hold You,” at the Anderson Contemporary, London. She was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries award 2021 showing at Firstsite and The South London Gallery. Bono has participated several high-profile exhibitions including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022, her work has been featured in several magazines including Wallpaper and Vogue and appeared on billboards in New York transit systems in collaboration with Artsy and on the Maximus billboard in partnership with Black Blossoms and the Kensington and Chelsea Art week.