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BLACK: Yesterday (Window exhibition)

At City Arts


An exhibition of artwork by Honey Williams. Presented as a visual diary, Yesterday is a profoundly personal survey of art made between 2004 and 2017.

It features sketches, collage, illustration, poetry, diary entries and excerpts from blog posts. They highlight some of the uncomfortable conversations relating to anti-black racism, from systemic racism, to colourism, misogynoir and more.

This is the first exhibit for BLACK, an exhibition of existing and brand-new artworks by our artists in residence Honey Williams & Richard Chung. BLACK is divided into three parts: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Curated by Saziso Phiri as part of our CATALYST programme.

This exhibition is displayed in the window of City Arts' building. You can view it from the street. For COVID-safety, there is currently no access to our building.

About the artist

"Art saved me. At school I was bullied form 11-16. Bullied for being fat, black, pretty…On the surface it seemed as though I was dealing with everything really well. But I would just go home and cry, unwind and art just helped me just soothe myself. I could lose myself in it and create worlds in it" - Honey Williams

Honey Williams is a creative powerhouse. She is a singer-songwriter, a visual artist and designer.

In 2019, Honey was invited by the British Council to travel to Kingston, Jamaica. She was lead artist for ‘Paint Up Yuh Creative Space’. The project worked with the local artistic community to create a mural honouring the Windrush Generation. Honey was one of 50 artists, selected from 700 applications, to exhibit at New Art Exchange’s 2019 NAE Open. She won the Public Choice Award for her piece ‘Big Black Truth’.

Williams has created special commissions for University of Nottingham, EMCCAN, DJ Ma Faiza, Syncopate Media and Actor /Writer Rachael Young. She has lead art and vocal workshops for University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, New Art Exchange, Nottingham Contemporary, Gramophone Theatre, Nottingham News Centre and Staatstheater in Braunschweig, Germany.

As a singer-songwriter, Honey has performed and collaborated with recording artists from all over Europe. Notably, she performed at the 300th Anniversary of Karlsruhe, Germany. She is the Director of an alternative choir called Gang of Angels.

Williams is the founder and moderator of ‘Natural by The Pickyheads’, an online space with over 11,000 members. It focuses on increasing the love for women of African descent through discussion, art and events.

CATALYST is a three-month programme from our Curator in Residence Saziso Phiri. It was created in response to our Black Lives Matter commitments and a series of discussions that followed. It will be a catalyst for change at City Arts. We aim to create a long-term culture of investing in, listening to and amplifying marginalized voices.

In addition to exhibitions, CATALYST features artist talks, open studios, a new podcast series and fantastic creative workshops.


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