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The Black Artisans showcases and celebrates established UK based Black Artisans through a travelling photography exhibition. The first 26 artisan images were exhibited during 2021 - 2022.  The next series of artisans are currently being photographed.  We are currently planning our 2024 - 2025 exhibition schedule.  


2021 - 2022 Venues:

-Artworkers Guild, London - 7th April 2022

-Making Places, Coventry, Drapers Hall - 26th March 2022  

-Crafts Council, Islington London -  17th Nov 21 - March 2022 

-William Morris Gallery from 27th September to 3rd October 2021

-Chingford Library E4 - 5th Oct - 18th Oct 2021

-Leyton Library E10 - 19th Oct - 31st Oct 2021


A complete suite of filmed interviews featuring the artisans accompanies the exhibition, to be used for educational purposes.


As well as capturing traditional sectors of UK heritage crafts, The Black Artisans captures artisans in other areas of cultural heritage – steel pan makers, and calabash artists, for example.


This body of work seeks to make visible Black Artisans and to enlighten, educate and inspire people and in particular young people to explore these areas as a potential field of work or as a leisure interest, perhaps not previously considered or made available.

The Black Artisans is a project by Jo Sealy whose most recent social documentary project is 

The first series of this project was funded by Waltham Forest Council Make It Happen Award 2021 and supported by Heritage Crafts.

For press & pr or general enquiries please email 

 ©Jo Sealy 2021

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