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Black history month 2022

Each year, Solent University celebrates Black History Month, working with organisations and partners from across the city, raising awareness of stories, achievements, and to support our Civic Charter priority of building a culturally enriched and cohesive city.

There are many ways how staff, students and alumni can get involved with Black History Month.

Get involved

Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) Student’s Perspective

Join this free online event, focusing on what it means to study at university from the viewpoint of students from BAME backgrounds. Hear about a BAME student’s personal journey to higher education and have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with our specialist panel.

Book your place here.

Student Diversity Network – welcome event

Join the team on Wednesday 19 October, 12 – 2pm in the workshop space (accessible via the Spark and JM) to find out more about the Student Diversity Network and how to get involved in creating a better student experience for all, while making friends.

Chat with the team over a cup of tea about how we can welcome and advance students from diverse backgrounds and create a space to share knowledge and celebrate different cultures.
Please email student.achievement@solent.ac.uk for further information.

Mentor a Solent University student

Solent’s Futures are looking for applications from industry professionals for the 2022/23 Professional Mentoring programme, starting in December 2022. The programme matches students with individuals from a range of sectors to support with their career direction, aiming to support students to gain confidence, build connections and help with employability. The initiative supports our Access and Participation Plan targets and is a great way to impart your knowledge and experience to a new generation of students. Please email mentoring@solent.ac.uk for more information.

BHM library display

Pop by the Solent library to see their latest display for BHM displaying some new titles!

Creative Exchange and Artist Development – Kwame Bakoji-Hume

Solent Showcase has been working with locally based creative, Kwame Bakoji-Hume to support his practice as an artist. This is part of our creative exchange project to work collaboratively with artists to develop pubic outcomes that highlight unseen or untold stories and support artists to bring them to a wider public platform.

Kwame is founder of the Tottan based organisation, African Activities, which provides African music and artistic workshops for schools across the UK (https://africanactivities.org.uk/). Before coming to the UK, Kwame was an established artist in Ghana but the success of African Activities has meant that Kwame has had little time to practice as an artist himself and develop his own ideas.  Solent Showcase has funded Kwame to take time out of his day to day work to focus more on creating new artwork. We have been exploring with Kwame what it is that, as an artist, he wants to convey, embarking on creative discussions around his experience of coming to the UK, the differences between Ghanian and British culture and how artists are perceived in both countries, as well as the impact that worldwide culture of consumerism has on Ghana itself.

Kwame retains very close links with Ghana and has founded a charity that supports the area around where he grew up. On recent visits to this area he has become concerned about the environmental impact on the area and what happens to our waste when it is thrown away. He is currently developing ideas around this with Solent Showcase that will manifest in creative outputs later this year. As always with Kwame’s practice, both in music and in art, he is collaborative, grassroots and passionate about change so new work created will have educational and community links and involve and include young people in the creative process.  Solent Showcase is excited to see what evolves and unfolds from this brilliantly imaginative artist and the creative exchange we are continuing to have.

In the city

Black History Month South

Black History Month has always been a major event in Southampton’s calendar. Find out more about what is happening across the city here.

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Diversity and the UK - Just how diverse is our business community

This webinar explored stories from black-owned businesses, providing top tips on starting a new business or social enterprise, while sharing information and knowledge on the support available for our local communities.

Watch the virtual insight

 

Student projects to support Black History Month

Jonny Hannah, Lecturer in Illustration, has devised a series of projects for Level 4 illustration and graphics students to engage, understand and celebrate subjects relating to Black Lives Matter and Black History Month. Final outputs from the projects will be available as an online exhibition and one poster will be made into a limited edition screen print which will be sold.

The posters will celebrate black British women and the students will explore and harness their skills as entrepreneurs as they consider how these prints should be marketed and sold. All proceeds from the sales will be donated to Black History Month South and ring-fenced to initiatives relating to black women.

Three student artworks

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