Black History Month 2019: Creatives to look out for

by Susuana Amoah

To celebrate Black History Month, we have curated a list of amazing Black creatives with whom we have had the pleasure of working with here at ONCA in 2019.

– Image credit: Josef Cabey

Jamal Harewood

Jamal Harewood is a live artist who creates temporary communities through participatory events, and believes that these should be playful experiences that allow everyone to get involved. The performances create a focus on themes of identity and race within the community. This summer Jamal performed Word at ONCA gallery, an audience led gameshow that explored words we use.


Ivy Rihlampfu

Ivy is a South Africa- based visual artist who aims to promote access and consumption of visual art in marginalised communities like townships. This year we were honoured to host Traces Of Her In The City at ONCA Gallery, her solo exhibition of enamel plate portraits of women in South Africa.


Akila Richards 

Akila Richards is an award-winning poet, writer and spoken word artist. This year, Akila performed ‘Barrel’ at the Paper / Needle / Rock : Three Poets book launch event, in honour of generations of migrant workers in the UK, who routinely shipped clothing and supplies home to their children in large barrels.


Josef Cabey

Josef Cabey is a Brighton based artist whose artwork often incorporates themes such as race and sexuality. Josef was one the artists who exhibited at ONCA Gallery in the 2019 show ‘Constructed Geographies‘, a show which featured artists who have created new work in response to Sussex’s diverse heritage and population.



MNamug’s sculpture “Grenfell: Hopeful Bodies” was a featured in HOPE, our members’ exhibition this October. With this incredible art piece,  MNamug’s aim was to keep conversation going in regards to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and to encourage hope for justice for the families affected by the fire.