Ali Siahvoshi

BEDG is an apportunity to introduce your ideas internationally. I have benefited greatly from their help and thanks to exhibiting with them my design work was introduced to different companies and at present my works are in a production in Germany with Anthologie Quartett and in Italy with Fabbian.

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"Untold Gold" - The 2012 African & African-Caribbean Design Diaspora Bargehouse Festival

2012-08-23 09:55 by British European Design Group

September 19 - 30

Since its debut in September 2010 as partner of the London Design Festival, the three year African & African- Caribbean Design Diaspora programme (www.aacdd.org) organised by the London-based British European Design Group (www.bedg.org) has brought together and exhibited more artists and designers of African and African- Caribbean origin from more countries and more creative disciplines than any other previous single initiative of this kind.

The title of this year’s AACDD Bargehouse Festival ‘Untold Gold’ places the outstandingly beautiful and original work of more than 150 artists and designers from the UK, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean within the unique backdrop and raw space of Bargehouse, London.

All five floors of the listed Bargehouse building, opposite the Oxo Tower on the Southbank – the capital’s new hub for exciting multicultural and multinational art and performance activities - will be devoted to showcasing exceptional works from creatives of African and African-Caribbean descent.

Disciplines represented will include fine art, sculpture, design, graphic design, photography, multimedia and music, architecture, furniture, lighting, textiles, home furnishings, ceramics, fashion and fashion accessories, jewellery and beauty, as well as live music and other performances.

In addition, a simultaneous virtual exhibition will showcase the work of artists and designers whose pieces cannot easily be transported from their countries of origin.

The 2012 AACDD Bargehouse Festival ‘Untold Gold’ will also include the special feature exhibition ‘A life apart?‘ showing the similarities of tools and objects of daily use in traditional societies in rural Africa and the Western World in the past.

The superbly crafted artefacts of daily use by traditional African artisans pay homage to their magnificent manual skills and indigenous creativity, which have yet to be recognised as important cultural heritage by the Western world.

The AACDD project will create its own legacy, by highlighting the talents of new and emerging artists and designers, many of whom have not had the opportunity to showcase their works before.

For the first time, individual projects will be curated by participating artists using a specific theme to create special installations or a specific body of work dedicated to the multiple and complex cultural and political issues of Africa, the Caribbean and the black diaspora.

September 19 - 30

Bargehouse
Oxo Tower Wharf
Bargehouse Street
South Bank
London SE1 9PH
admission free

www.aacdd.org

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