Legacies of Biafra – final week of events

This moving and important exhibition closes on Saturday 26 February. Don’t miss this programme of talks and storytelling scheduled for the exhibition’s final week.

Online Storytelling Event – 24 February, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

‘The Legend of Akueke’ Online storytelling session led by Alex Oma-Pius, IROKO theatre company.

The Legend of Akueke is an inspirational storytelling performance highlighting the ingenuity, strength, hardwork and bravery of the Igbo womenfolk during the Biafra war. As the story unfolds, it touches on issues such as equality, social justice and good leadership. The story will be brought to life using drama, music, songs, movement, and chants. This is a fun and immersive experience as you’ll be transported into the world of Akueke.

Free to attend – suitable for families. For more information and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-storytelling-session-the-legend-of-akueke-tickets-270978292367

Artist Tours of ‘Legacies of Biafra’ Exhibition (in-person) – 26 February

            1:00pm Tour led by Chike Azuonye (tour lasts 40 minutes)

            2:00pm Tour led by Titus Agbara (tour lasts 40 minutes)

            3:00pm Tour led by Hassan Aliuyu (tour lasts 40 minutes) 

Chike Azuonye is a British-Nigerian artist whose works are remarkable for their depths of expression, colour and thought. For over three decades, he has organised and led creative art workshops in schools and community art centres across London. Chike has exhibited his paintings widely and he is a co-founder and Vice President of the Nigeria Art Society UK (NASUK). His works featured in the ‘Legacies of Biafra’ exhibition draw on his own personal experiences of the Nigeria-Biafra war. To view Chike’s work, visit: www.nigeriaartsociety.com / www.chikeazuonye.com

Titus Agbara is an Oldham-based artist who has a particular interest in painting landscapes and sceneries, which he paints with a palette knife, mostly in oil but also watercolour and pastel. Titus has participated in an art residency with Professor Ablade Glover and Kofi Setordji, sponsored by the Ford Foundation. He has also taken part in “imagine art after” (a world art project), SkyArt Portrait Artist of the Year 2014 and 2020 and SkyArt Landscape Artist of the Year 2015 and 2016.

Hassan Aliyu is a prominent British-Nigerian artist working in the UK, and president of the Nigeria Art Society UK (NASUK). His practice is informed by race, equality, diaspora, and identity. A significant body of his work is created in a range of alternative, found and recycled materials. Deeply thought provoking, these collages respond to the geo-political and socio-economic upheavals that afflict Nigeria; including its civil war and extreme religiosity. Hassan has worked with the Caribbean Crafts Circle, London whilst establishing his art practice in the UK. He joined the 198 Gallery as curator in 1992 and co-founded the Norwood Art House in 1996.

Virtual Closing Event: ‘Legacies of Biafra’ Exhibition at Gallery Oldham – 26 February, 6-7pm

The virtual closing event for the Legacies of Biafra exhibition features a conversation between exhibiting artists Chinwe Uwatse and Hassan Aliyu with the exhibition’s curator, Louisa Uchum Egbunike. Chinwe and Hassan will discuss their work featured in the exhibition and their broader artistic practice.

Free to attend. To register visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-closing-event-legacies-of-biafra-exhibition-at-gallery-oldham-tickets-272795748427

Gallery Oldham