Twenty-one women artists for Commonwealth exhibition

Olubukunola Femi-Dagunro, writing for, repors on “Art of Change,” an exhibit of work by women artists from the British Comonwealth opening today in London. The image is Conversation by Jennifer Lewis from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. See below for link to original report.

Nigeria’s Nike Davies-Okundaiye and Olisa Nwoye are among 21 female artists from the Commonwealth participating in ‘Art of Change’, a joint exhibition opening at the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), Northumberland Avenue, London, on Monday, July 18.

Sri Lanka’s Sumudini Ekanayake; Jennifer Lewis of St Vincent and Grenadines, and Josie Crick of Fiji Islands are also showing in the exhibition jointly organised by the RCS and Kambani Arts which will run till August 5.

Other participating artists include Mariyam Omar from the Maldives; Indian Runima Kakoty; Tifanny Burns of Belize; Bahamian Lynn Parotti; Jean Joseph from Dominica Republic; Shirley Felts of Guyana; and Mia Anastasi Sammut from Malta.

Co-organiser and chief executive of London-based Kambani Arts, Chima Ezeilo, described ‘Art of Change’ as “an exciting visual arts exhibition by a rich diversity of women artists.” He added that the title was chosen in line with the 2011 theme of the Commonwealth, ‘Women as Agents of Change’.

Ezeilo, also disclosed in a statement that participants will tell their own stories and portray “the theme in a variety of media for an exhibition that promises vibrancy, diversity, colour and creative expression.”

On preparations for the exhibition which commenced some months ago, Ezeilo said, “It’s been a wonderful journey… bringing so much diverse talent together from all over the Commonwealth to express change, something we don’t like but need. I’m really looking forward to this.”

Speaking on the show, head, RCS external affairs, Joanna Bennett, said, “The RCS is celebrating the 2011 Commonwealth theme, ‘Women as Agents of Change’ in a variety of ways, from campaigning on girls’ education to hosting a series of events exploring women’s contemporary role in politics, business and religion. This art exhibition promises to be one of the highlights of our calendar, uniting women artists from all over the world.”

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