This is an exciting space: it's where you learn about what's cooking in the BCA kitchen. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming labs, workshops, exhibitions and events.
BLACK TO THE FUTURE
a literature and art zine
ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE
BLack to the Future is the very first Black Zine in New Zealand that will feature all local African Black contributors. Co-editors Bareeka Vrede (South Africa) and Acacia Cochise (African American/Apache NativeAmerican) will be producing the literary zine which will feature the works of up to ten local Afro-Kiwi writers and visual poets and launched at Auckland City Library. This project will be delivered in partnership with the Ellen Melville Centre and Auckland Council
of contemporary black imagination
CARE TAKER'S COTTAGE
BCA (Black Creative Aotearoa) is presenting an exhibition of artwork by Black/African New Zealand artist members of Black Creatives Aotearoa (BCA). The working concept is Healing Rituals of the Black Imagination. This community-cultivated project is helmed by Serenity Wise (curator) key artist Alvie McKree and Natasha Marin. The exhibit will consist mainly of visual artwork by Alvie McKree (Ngapuhi Ngati Kahu ki Whangaroa, St Vincents, Barbados) and in collaboration with oral narratives (audio) by BCA creatives, visioned and cultivated by guest creative Natasha Marin. The collaborative nature of this exhibition will offer an opportunity for anywhere between 3-20 creative participants from various diverse fields from across the continent of Africa and diaspora. The project will be supported by Artistic Director and Mentor Dione Joseph who curated BCA’s inaugural exhibition Untold Secrets: Hidden Gifts of Our Ancestors (2019).
Self Care Sundays
April - June 2023
Join BCA and these amazing workshop facilitators on the first Sunday of the next three months, where we will focus on wellness. These three workshops will have you preparing for winter, releasing emotions, and moving your body.
It feels safe to say that collectively, we have experienced a very unexpected summer, on top of some long years. We recognize a strong need to engage in acts of self-care. It is an honor to be teaming up in collaboration with these beautiful humans to bring you these workshops.
“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”
― Chimamanda Adichie
Africa and the Diaspora have long, rich histories and stories which capture all aspects of being human. From epic love stories, chilling thrillers, biographic odysseys, empowering children's stories, and more. Alongside the BCA wider community we have curated a collection of books that will start or restart you on a journey of essential readings from Africa and the Diaspora.
This display marks the start of Africa Month and is available at the Auckland CBD library for the month of May.
Note: Due to library availability, we were not able to include all the books requested by the community. If you would like to request a book for the Auckland City Library to buy, follow the link below: