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The artworks commissioned for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Portrait Prize were exhibited for the first time at Blythe Gallery.

The works, commissioned to help address the lack of diversity in art displayed on College campuses, are the result of a collaboration between Imperial and the Royal College of Art.

Everyone should be able to see themselves represented in the art on our walls and in our public spaces. Professor Sian Harding

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Portrait Prize awarded £2,000 to six RCA students and alumni to create and exhibit artwork representing the Imperial community. The award placed particular emphasis on works depicting members of Imperial’s Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) community by artists who also identify as BAME.

The award is one of several initiatives launched by the Imperial Artworks Group, which has been commissioned by the President and Provost to examine how Imperial can better reflect its staff, students and alumni through its art. .

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The portraits are initially on display until January 27 at Imperial’s Blythe Gallery on the South Kensington campus. Recognizing that many staff are not currently working on campus, a second exhibit and official launch will be planned for early April (COVID-19 restrictions permitting).

Professor Sian Harding said: “Everyone should be able to see themselves represented in the art on our walls and in our public spaces. The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Portrait Award is one of the ways we try to do that. We are proud to exhibit these striking portraits, which will enrich the College’s permanent art collection for years to come.

“It’s important that we don’t view this as an isolated project, but as an ongoing effort to do better for our entire community. Our important work continues.

The portraits

As part of the process, selected RCA artists interviewed and spoke to members of the Imperial community as inspiration for their work.

The exhibited works are:

  • “Belong” by Emily Moore
  • ‘Fly in the landscape: Looking at the noise’ by Miya Jazmin-Browne – an artwork depicting the work of Dr. Crystal Vincent, Faculty EDI Coordinator, Natural Sciences
  • ‘Kailash’ by Tami Soji-Akinyemi – a portrait of Kailash Ramlaul, research assistant Faculty of Medicine.
  • ‘Gabriella’ by Tami Soji-Akinyemi – a portrait of Gabriella Gordon-Kerr, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor at Imperial College.
  • ‘Margaret’ by Alexander Ikhide – a portrait of Margaret Lawrence, administration engagement officer.
  • ‘Sarah’ by Alexander Ikhide – a portrait of Dr Sarah Essilfie-Quaye, project leader. Research strategy team. Medical School.
  • Who Should Sit Here by Sichan Wang – a work reflecting the stereotypes and under-representation of Asian women.

Nikita Rathod

Nikita Rathod

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