Anita Frost Meets Artist Cephas Williams at The Portrait of Black Britain Exhibition
Entrepreneur & award-winning author, Anita Frost, recently attended the Portrait of Black Britain - a major public art exhibition held at Manchester Arndale, celebrating the Black community across the UK and their contributions to society. Anita was honoured to be featured in the exhibition, with her photograph being included along with sharing her story and background.
The Portrait of Black Britain exhibition was commissioned by Manchester International Festival (MIF) and created by Cephas Williams – artist, photographer, speaker, activist and campaigner. This is the first stage on Cephas’ journey to curate the largest collection of photographic portraits of Black British people ever.
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, Anita was invited to a meet and greet at GINO My Pizza and Prosecco Bar in Manchester Arndale with Cephas and his team, to chat about how they felt being at the event.
After this, Anita and other MIF supporters attended an evening of entertainment at Festival Square on Cathedral Gardens, to meet with other guests who were featured in the exhibition and learn more about their experiences.
The evening of celebrations was rounded off with a group photo taken on the steps outside the Exchange Square entrance of Manchester Arndale (all socially distanced and wearing masks, of course!). Guests then got the opportunity to hear a speech made by Cephas, thanking them for their contributions and sharing his passion for the project.
Anita Frost shares her experience of featuring in and attending the Portrait of Black Britain exhibition with these poignant words:
“Stronger together! Over the centuries, the history timelines celebrate incredible stories of when unity wins. We must not lose sight of this as a nation and keep pressing on knowing changes are still to be made. In the face of this we can still celebrate, gather our differences, and together make changes for good.
This project will now be added to our history timeline, a moment when we know changes are needed, yet Cephas and his teams celebrated and highlighted the black lives of those who are living and making a positive contribution in the 20th century across Britain.”
This unique event showcases the beauty, diversity and talent within the Black community across the UK and is not one to be missed. This coming weekend will be the final chance to view the exhibition, which will end on Sunday 18th July 2021. Tickets are FREE and you can visit anytime between 8am - 8pm Monday to Saturday, and 11:30am - 5:30pm on Sunday.
To find out more, visit https://mif.co.uk/whats-on/portrait-of-black-britain/ and follow them on social media @mifestival.
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