SRA'S PATRON, TREVA ETIENNE, FEATURES IN W1 CURATES X UNDEREXPOSED ARTS EXHIBITION FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH
SRA's patron and Hollywood actor, Treva Etienne, was recently featured in W1 Curates x UNDEREXPOSED ARTS photographic exhibition celebrating black British, dual heritage African/Caribbean and minority ethnic talent.
‘Role models are the foundation of aspiration’.
UNDEREXPOSED ARTS is a registered charity founded in 2008 by film and television actor Fraser Jamesto address the perceived lack of positive black role models through national, arts-led interventions. Fraser James said, “When we launched, I remember commenting that ‘role models are the foundation of aspiration’. Today I still believe that there are many potential black role models in our community, but their visibility needs to be greater."
The large-scale portraits, which includes a variety of stage and screen talent such as Idris Elba, Treva Etienne, Diane Parish, Colin Salmon and Rudolph Walker, were captured by award-winning artist Franklyn Rodgers. UNDEREXPOSED ARTS wanted to showcase these portraits onto Flannels' retail building in Peckham alongside motivational quotes, "Gems of knowledge", from each featuring actor/actress.
James Fraser said, "A generation of Peckham born black actors, inspired by the original portraits, including John Boyega and Damson Idris have gone on to launch international acting careers. The reinstatement of the Portraits to their original home in Peckham is, we believe, another positive step in underlining the wealth of talent across the British black community.”
John Boyega, himself, said that it "inspired" him to walk past all of the faces outside of Peckham Library.