RACE CARD, PLAY AT WILL, 2015 Offset printing on Business card. Edition of 100, Richard Rawlins
Richard Mark Rawlins (b.1967), Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. He currently lives and works in Hastings, UK. A graduate of the Royal College of Art’s print programme (2019), Rawlins’ research takes a transnational approach to the "pop-cultural" poetics and politics of life in the Caribbean, the contested and resultant histories/realities of colonialism and it’s transpontine consequence, black identity and diaspora politics. Rawlins’ work has been featured internationally at Get Up Stand Up Now, Somerset House, London, UK (2019), “Eyes of Many Kinds”, CGP Galleries, London, UK (2019); "Transoceanic Visual Exchange 2019", Cache Space, Beijing, China and The Barbados Museum and Historical Society; “OVERPR!NT, AG!TATE, ACT!VATE”, Museum Centre de la Gravure et de l’image imprimée, La Louvière, Belgium (2018); “Most things Happen When I Am Asleep”, ARTSPACE NZ, Auckland, New Zealand (2018), “1st Bienal Internacional de Asuncion”, Paraguay (2016); “Digital”, National Gallery, Jamaica (2015); the “Jamaica Biennial” (2014) and the “Global Africa Project”, Museum of Art and Design (MAD), New York, USA (2010). He is a past artist resident of the Vermont Studio Center, USA (2012), a founding member of Trinidad's Erotic Artweek, (2009 -2011). Rawlins is also the publisher of an online contemporary Caribbean art journal, Draconian Switch, (artzpub.com), and a facilitating network member of the Alice Yard artspace in Port of Spain, Trinidad which hosts an international artist residency. Rawlins' work has been acquired by the Wedge Curatorial Collection, Toronto; AMBA Collection, London, the Soho House Art Collection, London and the Art Collection of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain.
Portrait of Lewis Hamilton, Chelle Ebanks
Winner of Seven Formula One World Championship races representing the UK.
He is a black role model of mixed heritage who is looked up to by many within our communities across the nation and globally.
Black art matters, visible diversity is necessary and Lewis Hamilton is able to use his platform to spread global awareness to stamp out racism and highlighting the black lives matters movement.
In this drawing I wanted to emphasise his beautufully braided afro hair.
Lewis Hamilton is a determined, hard working, talented and blessed, black man. He wins races because he has had a dedicated father and family who encouraged and supported him to believe in himself and achieve his dreams.
The fact is, a car race is transparent and visible to all.
However corporations and councils provide 'bame' guaranteed interview processes. The box gets ticked to show an interview has taken place yet someone who is white and with less qualification and experience may often be given the job. Therefore in the eyes of local councils they have provided opportunity. Any disgruntled black and ethnic candidates who may not have been successful in the hypothetical interview or offered a lower graded role would be seen as using the race card if they choose to appeal any discrimination.
The phrase 'race card' has a negative connotation and seen as a racist act in itself by black and asian ethnicities. I have never used the term, although to enter this art competition as a person of mixed heritage afro caribbean roots...am I playing the race card ? Or just an artist sharing the multicultural success of a great role model?
My name is Chelle Ebanks I am of afro caribbean descent specifically of Jamaican heritage.
My artwork is signed under the pseudonym Chellezart.
I've worked creatively for decades as a Designer, Business owner, Qualified Teacher and currently freelance Digital Illustrator.
I love transforming my creative concepts into concrete designs and illustrations. I’ve been drawing and sketching as long as I can remember, amazed at the power of simply putting pencil to paper and turning an idea into something tangible for people to engage with.
Most recently following an aquired head injury and being diagnosed with aphasia which is a communication impairment I took it upon myself to gain solace through self directed art therapy.
This entry is one of my favourite pieces, so I hope you enjoy it too.
Black Power, Brooke Danaher
I just wanted to let my black women know;
You are beautiful!
Your skin shines so bright!
You are powerful in every shape and size!
You are unique! Your hair is a statement of its own!
You are a force to be reckoned with.
You are a Queen!
My name is Brooke Danaher, I’m a london based black artist. I am a lawyer first with three degrees (LLB, LLM and MBA). Art has always been a passion of mine, I try to use my art to pass on positive messages to society.
Our Existence Matters
First Name: Izzy
Last Name: Withers
Email 2: email@example.com
Artwork title and description 2: Our Existence Matters- Izzy Withers
I made this piece of art with words/pictures that I felt had any relevance and collaged them together. This is playing the race card, but our race is beautiful. We should be proud of it in all its glory. “Playing the race card” is a term that shuts down non white people when talking about racism. What I wanted to recognise in this art is that we are beautiful and so is our heritage. Black excellence. And also the fact that we are taught about ‘English history’ eliminating the history that makes England look bad. As a schoolgirl I am recognising the fact we aren’t taught ANY black history, even though black (And minority) people have achieved so much. Our history goes unnoticed and untaught and the small amount of black history we are taught isn’t completely accurate and often not even half the story. From this piece of art I want to show black beauty/excellence as it usually isn’t shown in society.