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Morley Gallery – Joy Labinjo: Belonging

November 14, 2017 @ 12:00 am - March 5, 2021 @ 7:13 am

We launch our 2018 programme with Joy Labinjo: Belonging in January. 

Untitled, Joy Labinjo, 2017

Labinjo’s paintings draw on her British-Nigerian heritage and examine the complex relationship between identity, race and culture. In Belonging, Labinjo invites the viewer to step into large-scale canvases saturated with colours, patterns and people, reconfigured from her family photograph albums. She simultaneously connects with personal histories and uproots them, creating a new space of multiple histories and representations.

The exhibition will also feature a reading room, supported by Iniva’s (Institute for International Visual Arts) Stuart Hall Library.  Iniva’s Library Manager has provided research support, book lists and exhibition copies of archival journal material for visitors to further explore the themes of the exhibition. 

Labinjo is the recent recipient of one of the most prestigious graduate art prizes in the UK, the Woon Foundation Prize, jointly hosted by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University. 

For further information or to arrange group visits to the exhibition please email us at gallery@morleycollege.ac.uk or telephone 020 7450 1826

A series of events accompany the exhibition: 

Exhibition Tours: Drop in for an informal tour of the exhibition with gallery staff every Wednesday during the exhibition at 12.30.

Morley Poets X Joy Labinjo – Thursday 8 Feb 2018, 12:00-13:30

Join us for lunchtime poetry readings on the theme of belonging.  Morley poets will read new work and share poems that explore identity, home and difference. Refreshments will be provided. No need to book, just drop-in.  

Joy Labinjo In-Conversation – Friday 9 February
Open from 18.00 with event starting at 18.30

Join us for this in-conversation event with the artist Joy Labinjo and Freelance Curator Adelaide Bannerman.  Focusing on the artworks, their conversations will discuss and expand the themes of Labinjo’s current exhibition at Morley Gallery.



November 14, 2017 @ 12:00 am
March 5, 2021 @ 7:13 am