Learning

Bessie’s Wings:
an art exhibition

Until 28 June

Oval House Cafe

London, UK

Free display


We have been working with Lambeth Teaching Schools’ Alliance and Lillian Baylis Technology School to produce an exhibition exploring the inspirational story of Bessie Coleman, the first black woman to achieve her international pilots licence.​

Led by artist Ella Phillips, students have created striking photographic collages that bring together personal aspirations for the future with memories of the past. During workshops students have creatively responded to diverse archival material exploring the lives of black professionals in the 19th century.

The student's work has focused on Bessie Coleman, who achieved her dream of becoming a pilot despite the prejudices of her era. They also took inspiration from Autograph ABP’s recent exhibition Making Jamaica, featuring rare 19th century photography of Jamaica; and earliest photographs portraying people of African, Caribbean and South Asian descent during the Victorian era in Britain uncovered in Autograph ABP's project The Missing Chapter.

Supported by

This project is initiated by Lambeth Teaching Schools Alliance, bringing together schools, artists and community groups who will be putting on an opera and an art exhibition inspired by Bessie Coleman.​

Additional Info

See the exhibition at:

Ovalhouse Cafe
52-54 Kennington Oval
London SE11 5SW

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