An Evening of Art and Politics: A Reflection of Aubrey Williams and a Celebration of Barack Obama is the Walker Art Gallery’s joint celebration of the anniversay of Obama’s inauguration and the recent opening of its stunning exhibition Aubrey Williams: Atlantic Fire. The FREE event includes panel discussion, musical performance and food and drink.
Walker Art Gallery is home to a version of Hope by George Frederic Watts, an inspiration for Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope and reported to be his favourite painting.
Errol Lloyd: An artist, a writer and a friend of Aubrey Williams. He has written published work and journals critiquing Williams’ work. Lloyd was a student of Williams and will share personal accounts and memories on the artist himself.
Reyahn King: Director of art galleries at National Museums Liverpool, King will share her experience as curator of Aubrey Williams: Atlantic Fire, providing an insight into Williams’ paintings and touching on the themes that are threaded through his work.
Tayo Aluko:A professional actor, Aluko will be performing an excerpt from his musically illustrated show, I Got A Home In Barack. The performance for the evening is a section that focuses on Kenya’s struggle for independence, and highlights the brave work of thousands of Black activists that led to the inauguration of President Obama.