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Ayuba Suleiman Diallo portrait coming to South Shields as part of Black History Month

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Portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (Job ben Solomon)

Ayuba Suleiman Diallo by William Hoare
Portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (Job ben Solomon), by William Hoare, property of the Qatar Museums Authority/ Orientalist Museum, Doha, OM 762

When Worlds Meet: The Intriguing Story of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo

The first British portrait of a Black African Muslim and freed slave, on long term loan to the National Portrait Gallery, is coming to the South Shields Museum & Art Gallery as part of its British tour to only three venues.

The portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, painted by William Hoare of Bath in 1733 is important for many reasons, not least because the painting is the earliest known British oil portrait of a freed slave, and the first portrait in this country to honour an African subject as an individual and equal.

But equally important is the impact that Diallo as an individual had on Britain’s understanding of West African culture, black identity and Islam.

The exhibition, which launches Black History Month at the Gallery, explores Diallo’s intriguing story, a fascinating tale of faith, identity and the struggle for freedom.  It is entitled When Worlds Meet: The Intriguing Story of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo and runs from Sept. 29 2012 to March 9, 2013 and is entry is free.

Remembering Slavery online exhibition –

The trans-Atlantic slave trade was the most extensive and brutal example of enslavement in the history of mankind. It involved the kidnap and sale of 10 to 12 million African people to European traders.

This exhibition explores the enormous cost in lives and human suffering of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It reveals the hidden histories of North East people who supported or resisted slavery. Ongoing.

Black History Month Events

On the 24 October 2012 there will be a Gallery Talk plus Q&A with Dr Lucy Peltz from the National Portrait Gallery at the South Shields Museum & Art Gallery. It is from 2pm – 3pm and is free. Join Dr. Lucy Peltz, 18th Century Curator at the National Portrait Gallery to find out more about the intriguing portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo. This is a free talk but booking is recommended due to limited spaces. Please call (0191) 456 8740.

On 26 October 2012 Henna (Mehndi) body art is at the South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, 11.30am – 3.30pm, free. The use of *henna to decorate the body has been used for over 6,000 years and is a popular amongst many different cultures. In order to celebrate the October Eid come along to South Shields Museum & Art Gallery and receive your own mehndi henna decoration.

*Please be advised that every precaution has been taken to ensure that the henna materials are safe. However, some people may have a reaction to this product. If you have any queries, please speak to the artist on the day before proceeding. This activity is not recommended for very young children who may have sensitive skin.

Saturday 27 October there is the Sunderland Fairtrade Festival 2012 at the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, 11am – 3pm (drop in), free.  You can celebrate Sunderland’s fifth birthday as a Fairtrade city with a festival of art, crafts and selling stalls in the heart of the city centre. Fair trade handicrafts, snacks, accessories, gifts, jewellery, toys, organic toiletries and much more! Come along and find out more about fair trade or buy something fairly traded.

Visit the current Teddy Bear Story exhibition and make a brilliant bear bookmark with Fairtrade cotton. Try the Fairtrade trail in the Winter Gardens to find out more about plant products from around the world.

When Worlds Meet: Special event for Eid: Saturday 27 Octobe at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, 11.30am – 3.30pm, free – Help us celebrate Eid. Essential Calm, a specialist holistic group will style you with a henna tattoo. You can also make a glowing lantern and star to take away.

On Tuesday 30 October, When Worlds Meet: African Celebration Day South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm, free. Join us and tap your feet to the beat of African drumming, dancing and storytelling, with Miso’shi Procter, a Ghanian storyteller and Musician.

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