Can’t Be What You Can’t See comes to Karamel

50 young women of colour developed the exhibition, Can’t Be What You Can’t See to tell the hidden stories of 5 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) women spanning over 450 years of British history. The creative team shines a light on the lack of inclusion of BAME women within mainstream history. This aims to empower BAME women to think differently about their heritage and their place in modern Britain.

TCBU Cant Be What You Cant See poster


Amidst the dealings of Brexit, the Windrush scandal and the forgetting of the Grenfell victims, the sense of what it means to be a Londoner and the feeling of “belonging” can be seen as quite a sensitive topic now more than ever. This is especially the case for young women of colour in London. With statistics reflecting the lack of opportunity and invisibility young BAME women face daily, this exhibition is the final showcase of They Came Before Us: A History of Women of Colour in the UK (TCBU) project.

The project has brought together over 50 BAME women creatives over a period of 11 months to develop and create the exhibition, using 5 creative disciplines: Spoken Word, Photography, Set Design, Film and Visual Arts. They have put together an exhibition that will allow the public to see through their eyes some of the hidden histories of 5 BAME British women and the vital role they played in the history of the UK.

Available to view from now until the 30th of April Wednesdays to Saturdays 10am-7pm and Sundays 12pm-7pm.

They Came Before Us was developed by Collage Arts young creative team (Collage Works) and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The e-book is available here.

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