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Face: An exhibition in honour of Francis Barber


Face is a Kwanzaa Collective UK* exhibition which showcases the art of black and brown artists living and working in Staffordshire. Inspired by themes from A Young Black, the celebrated painting of Francis Barber by Sir Joshua Reynolds, this exhibition centres the faces, voices, and ancestors of black and brown people.

Named as one of the Great Black Britons, Francis was the former servant, surrogate son and heir of Dr. Samuel Johnson, writer of Dictionary of the English Language. Francis lived as a free man in Lichfield. This year marks 220 years since he passed away. Francis’ descendants still live in Staffordshire. Look deeper and closer to the portraits in this exhibition, let the faces tell you their story.

A programme of events, talks and workshops will run alongside the exhibition.

Exhibiting Artists include:

  • Adina Lawrence
  • Daby Obiechefu
  • Gabriella Gay
  • Jioni Warner
  • Nom Ncube
  • William Attieku Ntiamoah

Kwanzaa Collective UK

Based in North Staffordshire, Kwanzaa Collective UK* is an association of artists, academics, and activists of colour. Through creativity, collective activism, and collaboration they aim to amplify the voices of black and brown people.


  • Free

Dates / Times

Tue 5th Oct 2021 - Sat 30th Oct 2021

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