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Welcome to the visual arts section of the BCA website. The exhibitions portrayed here aimed to provide a platform for Black artists in Aotearoa to express themselves through visual arts. They aimed to inspire and challenge their audience, tell our stories and celebrate the beauty and complexity of Black culture.

Untold Secrets: Hidden Gifts of Our Ancestors.

Q Theatre, Auckland

January 2020

On the 31st January 2020, Black Creative's Aotearoa launched its inaugural photography and poetry exhibition, Untold Secrets: Hidden Gifts of Our Ancestors. Held at Q Theatre, Auckland, the event showcased the talents of 21 black creatives based in Auckland, Wellington and Melbourne, who all call New Zealand home.

Over three months nine poets were supported to individually respond to the theme, while three photographers and their models did the same through their visuals. Founder, Dione Joseph who mentored the poets and curated the exhibition said the exhibition exceeded expectations:

A highlight of the evening also included giving voice to the nine poets by sharing excerpts from the different poems by the renowned black artist and activist, poet Sonya Renee Taylor. As her voice reverberated around the sharing the words of a hugely diverse group of poets - the room was shook!

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of contemporary black imagination


JUNE 2023

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). 

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