Black History Month 2023

Values and initiatives

Thank you for joining us in celebrating an extraordinary Black History Month.

Throughout this special month, we dedicated our focus to saluting our sisters, the often unsung heroines of black history. Their remarkable contributions have shaped our past, present, and future in profound ways.

Find out more about some of the women we celebrated in 2023.

Looking back over this year's events

From powerful discussions to mesmerizing performances, every event was a heartfelt tribute to the resilience, strength, and invaluable heritage of black women. We're immensely grateful to everyone - our dedicated staff, impassioned students, proud alumni, and invaluable collaborators - who played a pivotal role in making this month a resounding success.

Lubaina Himid Emeritus Professor in Contemporary Art

We couldn't highlight key influencers without giving special mention to our very own Lubaina Himid (CBE). Born in 1954 Zanzibar Sultanate (now part of Tanzania) Lubaina moved to Britain with her mother, a textile designer.

Lubaina's art focuses on themes of cultural history and reclaiming identities. Lubaina was one of the first artists involved in the UK's Black Art movement in the 1980s. Lubaina continues to create activist art which is shown in galleries in Britain, as well as worldwide. Lubaina won the Turner Prize in 2017 and was promoted to CBE in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours "for services to Art".

Check out Lubaina's upcoming exhibitions listing