Meet The Collective Giving Black British Female Artists A Voice

Konbini met the trailblazing collective of women intent on smashing the not so gleaming glass ceiling of the art world in the UK.

Tired of the barriers, the closed doors and the invisibility she and her contemporaries often face as black, British, female artists, Enam Gbewonyo, a multimedia textile artist, decided to make a change. And that change was the Black British Female Artist (BBFA) Collective.

The result? A group of über talented, highly ambitious artists set on changing the game for themselves and black women artists across the Diaspora.

Along with Enam, the group's fearless members include subversive figurative painter Adelaide Damoah, adventurous sculptor Arlene Wandera, explorative colour theorist Ayesha Feisal, rad street artist Carleen de Sozer, and multimedia artist Cherelle Sappleton.

(Photo: BBFA)

Frida and Me, 2014 by Onomé Otite and Enam Gbewonyo (Photo: BBFA/Onomé Otite/Enam Gbewonyo)

This squad wasted no time in staking their claim in the art world. Since their formation in August 2015 they’ve exhibited at TEDxEuston and London Southbank’s iconic Bargehouse, OXO Tower as part of the African and African Caribbean Design Diaspora (AACDD) Festival.

In January 2016 the BBFA delivered an inspiring artist talk hosted by culture IT woman Rosemary Laryea and supporting Notting Hill gallery, Lacey Contemporary’s African Routes exhibition. Right now, they’re gearing up for their first ever group exhibition set to blow minds when it hits London this October.

BBFA Founder Enam Gbewonyo, said of the collective:


“We want to change the landscape of the art world, making it a level playing field and bringing voice to a marginalised group who have a lot to say.”


This collective is major #squadgoals. Follow their Instagram account @BBFACollective and check out their blog and stay tuned on Konbini for more BBFA content.

Members of the BBFA collective (Photo: BBFA)

Members of the BBFA collective (Photo: BBFA)

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By Konbini Staff, publish on 12/04/2017