Chuck Gallery specialises in presenting work by international African artists, identifying and selecting the best new talent from the African Contemporary Art Scene.

Our Gallery Programme ensures the creation of a thriving environment for artists, audiences, art lovers and collectors alike. The programme of world class events, exhibitions and workshops is being designed to increase the understanding, appreciation and knowledge of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture from Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Associate Artist programme is in development. A small group of artists are currently meeting monthly to explore the programme. For more information and to get involved:

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Ekua Bayunu

In this inaugural year of the Associate Artist Programme, she has been selected to be our very first Lead Associate Artist.

Her role with us, will see her considerable experience and talent as an Artist and Creative Producer , applied to the development of our work here in the UK.

Her experience in the Arts is multi dimensional, spanning the Visual and Performance Arts and Participatory arts across community and professional arts sectors.

Her formal Arts Education began in Northampton in 1977, when she attended the first year of an Arts Foundation course at Nene College ( now Northampton University) .

She completed her Foundation in Art and Design at Gloucestershire College of Art Design in Cheltenham, before securing a place on the prestigious Sculpture BA Fine Art (Sculpture) Honours course at St Martins School of Art in London.

Her Art education continued at Middlesex Polytechnic ( formerly Hornsey School of Art) until she left in 1982, when she took a studio with New Moon Studios in Catford, LBLewisham.

She spent several happy years at New Moon, during which time she became an associate artist with ‘The A-Team’, Tower Hamlets Youth Arts Project was a GLC initiative set up to develop best practice for participatory youth arts across Greater London. Ekua continued with the A-Team, marrying musician Joseph Reynolds in 1985 and having their daughter Ayodele Stening Reynolds in 1987. At this point Ekua gave up her studio and continued working from their home in Lambeth until moving to Manchester in 1993, 3 years after the birth of her second child, her son Nia Bayunu in 1990.

In Manchester her visual arts practice focussed on the delivery of a number of highly acclaimed Public Arts Projects. Including the Sensory Garden at Hulme Park. The Anansi Mosaics at Royce Primary School ( now Royce Crescent Primary School), both in Manchester. However her time was primarily taken up in the delivery of a number of high profile Arts projects including the delivery of the New Art Exchange in Nottingham, the creation of the STUN Studio in Manchester and the development of Create, a specialist Arts Provision in North Edinburgh. She also worked on the development of a groundbreaking programme of creative interventions with Young People in the Care of the Local Authority in Derbyshire after a couple of years delivering projects for Creative Partnerships.

In 2011, she made the decision to develop her own Arts Practice, and became part of the GRUMPY Artist Studios in Brazennose House in Manchester’s City centre, when these studios closed, she took an individual studio in Needham Avenue in Chorlton, Manchester in 2014, from where she has been developing her work. She has had a number of short residencies in Mid Wales, working alongside Ceramicist Sue Stoppani at her Studio just outside Lampeter, most recently in May 2016, she was one of 4 artist who spent a week exploring their work in relation to Africa. Michelle Avayoro, Akinyemi Oludele and Sue Stoppani. This residency include a visit to the Art Cente in Aberystwyth  where all 4 artists made pieces of ceramic art inspire by their time together.

In November 2016, Ekua occupied the newly opened Lemn Sissay room at the Gallery and produced this vibrant new sculpture for our collection. We look forward to enjoying more of her work.

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Mixed Media : Card and FabricHer Smile full back in progress

Sculpture 68 x 32 x 37 inches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ekua participated in the exciting Playhouse Artist Residency initiated by artist, Folami Bayode in January and February 2017. We anticipate that a number of pieces of Work emerging from this residency will be offered for sale within an Women Artist Exhibition featured in our main gallery space later in 2017.

 

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