Morley Gallery – Joy Labinjo: Belonging

11th January – 10th February 2018

Mon-Fri 11.00-18.00 Sat 12.00-16.00

Morley Gallery
61 Westminster Bridge Road

Labinjo’s paintings draw on her British-Nigerian heritage and examine the complex relationship between identity, race and culture. In Belonging,Labinjo invites the viewer to step into large-scale canvases saturated with colours, patterns and people, reconfigured from her family photograph albums. She simultaneously connects with personal histories and uproots them, creating a new space of multiple histories and representations.

The exhibition will also feature a reading room, supported by Iniva’s (Institute for International Visual Arts) Stuart Hall Library.  Iniva’s Library Manager has provided research support, book lists and exhibition copies of archival journal material for visitors to further explore the themes of the exhibition.

Labinjo is the recent recipient of one of the most prestigious graduate art prizes in the UK, the Woon Foundation Prize, jointly hosted by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University.

For further information or to arrange group visits to the exhibition please email us at or telephone 020 7450 1826

A series of events accompany the exhibition: 

Exhibition Tours: Drop in for an informal tour of the exhibition with gallery staff every Wednesday during the exhibition at 12.30.

Reading Group at the Stuart Hall Library – Saturday 20 January 2018,15:00-17:00

Join Stephanie Moran, Library Manager and artist Joy Labinjo to discuss texts by Sonia Boyce and Eddie Chambers.  The texts will stimulate discussion and debate on Black Arts in Britain during the 1980s and the representation of Black artists today. This reading group is open to all and the texts will be read together at the event. (Please note this event takes place at the Stuart Hall Library, for further details and booking visit iniva)

Morley Poets X Joy Labinjo – Thursday 8 Feb 2018, 12:00-13:30

Join us for lunchtime poetry readings on the theme of belonging.  Morley poets will read new work and share poems that explore identity, home and difference. Refreshments will be provided. No need to book, just drop-in.

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