This exhibition offers to remember Stephen Lawrence (13 September 1974 – 22 April 1993) and HIS DREAM TO BECOME AN ARCHITECT. This iconic case of a young black male losing his life to a useless racist attack brings hope through a mother who drew light from that. She continues to promote fairness and justice. In his name many young people are developing and nurturing their talent and achieving their dreams. To accompany sculptures in various media by Christy Symington, Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets has dedicated his new poem ‘Stephen Lawrence’ and Caleb Femi, Young People’s Laureate, performs live spoken word with his new dedicated poem ‘horizon of body’.
(see My Images for artworks combined with poems )
23 September - 11 October 2016
Stephen Lawrence Centre Gallery, Deptford, London SE8
SCULPTURE WORKS IN THIS EXHIBITION MADE BY CHRISTY SYMINGTON ARE INSPIRED BY STEPHEN LAWRENCE’S RESEARCH DRAWINGS ON A3 OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION (see more information below) *
A private viewing opened to the public on Friday 23 September 2016 7.30 9.30pm for the exhibition following til 11 October 2016 debuts a new poem for Stephen Lawrence by Abiodun Oyewole of The Last Poets and live spoken word performance by Caleb Femi generously supported by Apples and Snakes with MC Tontxi Vazquez. Additional new sculptures will be introduced to the exhibition on this evening for #Black History Month UK October 2016.
Christy hopes to encourage empowerment and social change through her sculpture and by curating poetry and spoken word, an engagement with young people, as well as across communities.
Stephen Lawrence Centre Gallery
Open to General Public Times: 9:00am – 5:00pm Mon-Fri
Thanks to Abiodun Oyewole for a dedicated poem to Stephen Lawrence and to Apples and Snakes for its generous support for spoken word live performance by poet Caleb Femi. Thanks to MC Tontxi Vazquez.
Apples and Snakes is England’s leading organisation for performance poetry and spoken word, with a national reputation for producing exciting, engaging and transformative work in performance and participation.
Christy Symington MRBS
Christy Symington MRBS is a London based sculptor and Member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors (Council 2003-07). Studied in Paris, the New York Studio School USA and MA at Byam Shaw (now Central St Martins), University of the Arts London. Exhibits regularly in the UK and overseas including: Black Cultural Archives, Stephen Lawrence Centre Gallery, Threadneedle Prize, The Society of Portrait Sculptors, Pangolin, V&A, National Arts Club NYC, ZSL London Zoo, Marist College NY, Angel Orensanz Foundation NYC, Ana Tzarev Gallery NYC, University of Leicester, Art London, DACS, RWA, Vermont Studio Center. Contact details on her website http://www.christysymington.com
* IN ABSENCE OF REFERENCING STEPHEN LAWRENCE IN A FIGURATIVE SENSE, THESE SCULPTURES AND WORDS HOPE TO CONVEY HIS DREAM, HIS AMBITION, HIS JAMAICAN HERITAGE AND THE ‘MANY WHO HAVE COME TO KNOW’ THEIR OWN DREAMS THROUGH HIS MOTHER ESTABLISHING The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust IN 1998 IN HIS MEMORY WITH A PARTICULAR FOCUS ON PROVIDING BURSARIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE FROM BAME BACKGROUNDS INTO THE PROFESSION OF ARCHITECTURE.
* SCULPTURE WORKS IN THIS EXHIBITION MADE BY CHRISTY SYMINGTON MRBS ARE INSPIRED BY STEPHEN LAWRENCE’S RESEARCH DRAWINGS ON A3 OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION. COPIES ARE ON DISPLAY AND CAN BE SEEN IN THE GLASS CABINET IN THE FOYER AT THE STEPHEN LAWRENCE CENTRE.
AND HIS DREAM TO BECOME AN ARCHITECT
* STEPHEN LAWRENCE’S DRAWINGS SHOW US HIS TALENT IN DRAFTMANSHIP USING PENCIL AND COLOUR IN WELL CONSIDERED A3 LAYOUTS OF A NUMBER OF MATERIALS OF BUILDING CONSTRUCTION. CAREFUL HANDWRITING DESCRIBES THE WAY IN WHICH THESE MATERIALS CAN BE USED AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE. HIS PASSION FOR THIS RESEARCH AND INTEREST IN ARCHITECTURE IS CLEAR. HIS EYE FOR DESIGN AND CONVEYING PURPOSE IS DONE WITH CARE AND INSIGHT.
COMBINING POEMS & SPOKEN WORD WITH THESE SCULPTURES MADE FROM BUILDING MATERIALS, CHRISTY SYMINGTON HOPES TO REACH TO THE CURRENT YOUNG VISITORS AND ATTENDEES TO THE CENTRE. TO SERVE AS A MEMORY FOR STEPHEN LAWRENCE’S LIFE AND LIGHT THAT HAS COME OUT OF HIS MURDER AND FROM HIS DREAMS.