Preview: The Blk Art Group

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The Independent Online

A collection of artworks charting the crises in race relations in Britain goes on display in Sheffield.

The powerfully defiant pieces were created by the Blk Art Group, a body formed in 1983 by young black artists struggling to get recognition because of their skin colour.

Against the backdrop of discrimination, the Blk Art Group spoke out on canvas, documenting their struggle and raising awareness of black British art.

Using a diverse range of materials, from straw to newspapers, the group created bold and iconic pieces, many of which have been little seen until now.

The collection will be on display at Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield from 27 August until spring 2012.