City Arts Curator-in-Residence Saziso Phiri talks to our Artist-in-Residence Honey Williams. They look at some of Honey’s sketchbooks and diaries from 2004 to the present day, and discuss the events that inspired the works exhibited in BLACK: Yesterday, Honey’s current exhibition on the City Arts’ window.
Introduced by City Arts Director Suzannah Bedford.
About Honey Williams
I started drawing every single day, making a pact with myself
Honey Williams is a creative powerhouse. She is a singer-songwriter, a visual artist and designer. In 2019, Honey was invited by the British Council to travel to Kingston, Jamaica. She was the lead artist for ‘Paint Up Yuh Creative Space’. The project worked with the local artistic community to create a mural honouring the Windrush Generation. Honey was one of 50 artists, selected from 700 applications, to exhibit at New Art Exchange’s 2019 NAE Open. She won the Public Choice Award for her piece ‘Big Black Truth’.
Williams has created special commissions for University of Nottingham, EMCCAN, DJ Ma Faiza, Syncopate Media and Actor/Writer Rachael Young. She has led art and vocal workshops for University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University, New Art Exchange, Nottingham Contemporary, Gramophone Theatre, Nottingham News Centre and Staatstheater in Braunschweig, Germany.
About Saziso Phiri
Saziso Phiri is the founder of The Anti Gallery, a creative platform that is breaking the mould of the traditional art galleries and exhibitions. The gallery specialises in showcasing art from emerging artists in alternative spaces. Phiri is passionate about bringing light to early-career artists and changing the dated approach of the artist to the gallery process.
Since launching The Anti Gallery, Saziso has produced and co-pronounced over 30 events. They include exhibitions, film screenings, artist residencies, workshops and artist talks
Saziso is also freelance curator and cultural producer. She works on festivals and biennials throughout the UK and overseas. They include the Migration Matters Festival, FORMAT, Nuart Festival, Frequency Festival. She has worked with NearNow, Sadlers Wells and Nottingham Contemporary. Saziso is the Curator for UK New Artists 2021.
Saziso is a founding member of SHEAfriq – a collective of black women creatives in Nottingham.