Sonia Boyce, Debussy, Black Men Walking
Sonia Boyce discusses her career blazing a trail for black female artists and the enduring appeal of Debussy on the 100th anniversary of his death.
Artist Sonia Boyce's career has been punctuated by series of firsts - the first black woman to have her work collected by the Tate, the first black woman to be elected a Royal Academician. As her first retrospective opens, Sonia discusses her art and why she removed a painting from the walls of Manchester Art Gallery.
On the 100th anniversary of Debussy's death two interpreters of his music discuss his life, legacy and influences. Lucy Parham tours a show playing his piano music interspersed with readings from Debussy's own writings and letters while Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla the conductor of the city of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has curated a season of Debussy's orchestral works.
Testament is a rapper, beatboxer and theatre maker who's now based in Yorkshire. That county is the setting of Black Men Walking, a touring production that takes as its real life inspiration a group of black men - and some women - who go walking in the Peak District once a month. It uses music, poetry and the rich and largely unsung history of black people in this country, and countryside, to tell its story.
Presenter: Gaylene Gould
Producer: Hannah Robins.
Photo credit: Maya Bailey
Sonia Boyce retrospective at Manchester Art Gallery until 22 July 18
Main image: Sonia Boyce, Crop Over, 2007, 15',
two-channel video; (production still: Mother Sally), Collection Barbados Museum and Historical Society
Black Men Walking
|Interviewed Guest||Sonia Boyce|
|Interviewed Guest||Lucy Parham|
|Interviewed Guest||Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla|