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Black Presence. A Study morning at The Atkinson. 10.15 am to 1.00 pm Nahem Shoa Tuesday 29 October 2019

Study Morning at The Atkinson

Nahem Shoa is a contemporary painter who trained at Manchester School of Art and the Royal Drawing School. He is best known for his series of striking large-scale ‘Giant Heads’, portraits of black sitters, some of which are over fifteen times life size. In an effort to address the lack of positive images of black people in public art collections, Shoa has donated many of his paintings to British art galleries and has recently given a portrait to The Atkinson.


Nahem Shoa will present a lecture and guided tour of the ‘Black Presence’ exhibition, which exhibits his work next to historic portraits by major British artists including Allan Ramsay and Joshua Reynolds as well as leading contemporaries such as Sonia Boyce.

Cost £12: Application Forms from Siobhan Nelson, email:


Image credit: Portrait of Desmond Haughton (1997), oil on canvas, Southampton City Art Gallery