Turner Prize nominee Lubaina Himid MBE will feature in Bittersweet: Legacies of Slavery & Abolition in Manchester at The Portico Library

We are delighted to announce that the work of Turner Prize nominee Lubaina Himid MBE will feature in Bittersweet: Legacies of Slavery & Abolition in Manchester at The Portico Library from 6pm next Thursday, 14th September.

Kindly loaned by UCLan IBAR - Institute For Black Atlantic Research, this rare 1846 edition of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass has been repaired and rebound with Himid's 2015 memorial to the celebrated anti-slavery campaigner, 'Douglass Lapels'. Born in Zanzibar in 1954, Lubaina Himid is an artist and Professor of Contemporary Art whose influential works incorporate painting, textiles and installation to explore the histories and identities of the African diaspora.

Thanks to Alan Rice and Theresa Saxon at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) for making possible this generous loan, which will be shown alongside items from The Portico Library and Manchester Art Gallerycollections, new researches by historian Natalie Zacek and original artworks by Keith Piper and Mary Evans. Join us for the exhibition's free preview evening next Thursday or during its run to 14th October 2017.