World Elephant Day – Meet Samson Kambalu’s Elephant Chiefs

On World Elephant Day, we take a closer look at the huge elephants in Samson Kambalu’s exhibition New Liberia, and the symbolism of the elephant mask in Malawian Nyau tradition. As you enter Samson Kambalu’s exhibition New Liberia, you are greeted by two Nyau elephant chiefs. Nyau is the secret society of the Chewa people… Continue reading World Elephant Day – Meet Samson Kambalu’s Elephant Chiefs

Watch: Samson Kambalu meets Alayo Akinkugbe of Instagram’s @ablackhistoryofart

When Cambridge Art History student Alayo Akinkugbe created her @ablackhistoryofart Instagram account, she was responding to her own “frustration at the lack of Black representation” in her degree. The project garnered interest from around the world and she now has over fifty thousand followers of her feed, which highlights overlooked black artists, sitters, curators and… Continue reading Watch: Samson Kambalu meets Alayo Akinkugbe of Instagram’s @ablackhistoryofart

Gender Stereotypes and Young People | A short film by young artist Rachael

Rachael took part in our City as Studio online film-making residency for ages 16-19 in February 2021. The young artists were encouraged to work with DIY film-making and music-making techniques as ways to explore the issues that matter most to them. Rachael shares her experience of the residency, and how she used film-making and music… Continue reading Gender Stereotypes and Young People | A short film by young artist Rachael

The Lost Year and Don’t burn our future | Two short films by young artist James

James took part in our City as Studio online film-making residency in February 2021, during a period of lockdown in the UK. Meeting only online, the young artists worked with lead artist Kate Mahony and artist James Scott to learn film-making techniques and discuss the issues that matter most to them. James shares his experience… Continue reading The Lost Year and Don’t burn our future | Two short films by young artist James

Exploring identity in the domestic space: Young artist Matt on film-making as an art medium

Matt joined our online City as Studio film-making residency in February 2021. After learning just a few simple DIY film-making techniques, Matt was able to apply his own art practice to film-making, and create work that explores identity, cultural heritage, consumerism and the domestic space.  Matt shares a bit more about the experience of the… Continue reading Exploring identity in the domestic space: Young artist Matt on film-making as an art medium

13 Creative Wellbeing Ideas for All Ages

Feeling in need of some everyday inspiration at the moment? You’re definitely not alone. Immersing yourself even briefly in creative activities can offer welcome distraction, fresh perspectives and unexpected moments of joy.

Listen: Audio Described Exhibition Tour – Samson Kambalu: New Liberia

Explore Samson Kambalu’s New Liberia with an audio described exhibition tour The artist and curators lead a special tour of the major exhibition New Liberia, featuring an audio described introduction of the speakers and the exhibition. – You can read a transcript of the audio description below. Welcome to Samson Kambalu: New Liberia. One of South East Africa’s… Continue reading Listen: Audio Described Exhibition Tour – Samson Kambalu: New Liberia

Phones: An Open Discussion – a short film by young artist Niamh

Young artist Niamh joined one of our City as Studio online film-making residencies in February 2021. The group explored DIY film and music-making techniques to create work about the issues they care about. Using some of these new techniques, Niamh created a short film about phones, media and our experience of self in the current… Continue reading Phones: An Open Discussion – a short film by young artist Niamh

Samson Kambalu wins Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth

We are excited to announce that artist Samson Kambalu will be one of two new commissions for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. Samson Kambalu, who has a major solo exhibition at Modern Art Oxford (22 May – 5 September 2021) presents the powerful new sculpture, Antelope for the commission. Antelope restages a 1914 photograph of the Baptist… Continue reading Samson Kambalu wins Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth

6 things you might not know about Samson Kambalu

If you’ve visited our current exhibition Samson Kambalu: New Liberia you’ll know that the artist gets lots of inspiration from his own life and experiences. From his childhood in Malawi, to his life as an Oxford University professor, we’ve put together a list of 6 things you might not know about Samson Kambalu and his creative… Continue reading 6 things you might not know about Samson Kambalu