As HOME Manchester, the art centre that we are lucky enough to reside within, announces their programme for Black History Month this October, we wanted to pair this with books that should be on your shelves all year round, and to celebrate the wealth of Black Artistic talent on our book list.
The theme of this year’s UK Black History Month is “Time for Change: Action Not Words.”. With this in mind, we encourage you to learn more about the artists, curators, writers and publishers below and to support their work.
Here we highlight 24 great books, from a wide variety of artists and publishers. For more information and to be kept up to date with our ever growing book list, please sign up to our mailing list.
We also wanted to highlight some of our publishers who are particularly focused on supporting the work of artists of the global majority.
Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) is an evolving, radical visual arts organisation dedicated to developing an artistic programme that reflects on the social and political impact of globalisation.
Founded in 1994, under the leadership of renowned academic Professor Stuart Hall, Iniva is a non-profit organisation who predominantly work with British-born and British-based visual artists of African and Asian descent supporting them at different stages in their careers.
Autograph ABP was established in 1988. It’s mission is to champion the work of artists who use photography and film to highlight questions of race, representation, human rights and social justice.
Through doing so, they invite people to explore the creative and critical power of visual representation, in shaping our understanding of ourselves and of others.
Featured Image: Courtesy the artist, Kapwani Kiwanga and JRP Editions. Taken from the monograph ‘Kapwani Kiwanga’, published by JRP Editions, 2022.