Essential Information

Type Talks and tours
National Maritime Museum
Date and Times CANCELLED

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.

We will instead be recording a podcast episode with Sharon Walters and Rudy Loewe that will be released on the National Maritime Museum Spotify platform. 


How does it feel to see 'yourself' represented  - or misrepresented - in museum spaces? Join artist Sharon Walters and special guests for a live in-conversation event as they delve into the National Maritime Museum collections to look at depictions of people of African descent and their significance today. 

In this talk, queer visual artist, Rudy Loewe, will discuss the disruption of spaces and queering of archives. Rudy and Sharon will explore their responses to navigating heritage spaces in their practice, the challenges they experience and how they fully insert their identity into the archive. This talk will take place in the Lecture Theatre at the National Maritime Museum.

This event is an extension of the 'Seeing Ourselves' podcast, developed by Sharon in collaboration with historians and artists. The project is supported by the National Maritime Museum through the Migration, Heritage and Belonging project.

About the speakers

A photo of artist, Rudy Loewe, sitting in the middle of a gallery space on a white block. Rudy has joyful a smile and wears black trousers, a black and white short-sleeved jacket, a pink shirt and matching pink bandana.

Rudy Loewe

Rudy Loewe is an artist visualising Black histories and social politics through mediums such as painting, drawing and text. They began a Techne funded practice-based PhD at the University of the Arts London in 2021. This research critiques Britain’s role in suppressing Black Power in the English-speaking Caribbean, during the 60s and 70s. 

Their work has recently been exhibited at the Liverpool Biennial, VITRINE Fitzrovia and Orleans House Gallery. In 2024 Loewe will participate in the Toronto Biennial. 

They are represented by VITRINE London/Basel.

A photo of artist, Sharon Walters, who is Black woman smiling with blue lipstick and wearing translucent framed glasses and a gingham dress. Her hair is braided and tied up.

Sharon Walters

Sharon Walters is a London-based artist with a fine art degree from Central St Martins. Her current series entitled, 'Seeing Ourselves' is a multi-disciplinary project celebrating Black women, their histories and futures. The work encompasses papercuts, collage works, mixed media works and events in collaboration with various organisations.

The intention of her practice is to empower those who are marginalised to take up space, create our own spaces and develop opportunities to be seen, heard and instigate change.

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