Fabric of a Nation heats up London in vibrant display of West African art at the Brent Museum

By Ben Miller | 29 November 2010
A photo of a colourful piece of fabric
Exhibition: Fabric of a Nation, Brent Museum, London, until February 27 2011

For Black History Month, the Brent Museum has hosted a series of workshops and talks with a distinctly West African theme, given a colourful centrepiece in the form of this flamboyant display of Ghanaian textiles.

The selection of cloths attracted 55,000 visitors to the British Museum (which has leant them to Brent) when they were originally shown in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ghana’s independence in 2007.

For their Brent outing, a special accompanying piece of fabric has been made by a group of local women with links to Togo, Gambia, the Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Nigeria and Mali.

“It's such an honour to have the British Museum agree to loan these very precious textiles to us,” says curator Joe Carr, who has also borrowed sculptures, books, documents and photos from the surrounding West African community in the area.

“It has been a real pleasure selecting the donated artefacts to go with the fabric that the women from our project group have worked so hard to create.”

A range of educational events and creative forays will augment the show.

“We've been looking forward to hosting this amazing exhibition for quite some time,” says Exhibitions Officer Briony Benge-Abbott. “It's a really excellent display.”
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