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Room: Gallery I


Gallery I

In Gallery I, Yinka Shonibare RA presents the work of self-taught artist Bill Traylor (1853–1949) who began making art at the age of 85, as the touchstone and main inspiration for the Summer Exhibition. Born into slavery, Traylor experienced the Civil War, segregation, the Great Migration, and the perilous existence of African American people in the 1920s and ‘30s.

Traylor’s work sets the tone for Gallery I which features self-taught artists, artists working with unconventional materials, works by neuro-diverse artists, and submissions from a number of charitable organisations. Invited artists include Thornton Dial, Victor Ehikhamenor, Souleymane Fall, Marie-Rose Lortet and Faith Ringgold.