No Colour Bar


Legacy Publication

No Colour Bar – Black British Art in Action 1960-1990 was one of the most comprehensive surveys of Black British art in recent years, featuring distinguished works of art rarely seen publicly.

The pioneering art and archive exhibition ran from 2015 to 2017 at the Guildhall Art Gallery, London and on tour at Hackney Museum and the Black Cultural Archives in the UK.



No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960 –1990

Editors: Beverley Mason and Margaret Busby
Published by Friends of the Huntley Archives at LMA (2018)<
ISBN: 978-0-9957300-0-7

No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960 –1990, was one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Black British art in recent years, with themes that examined the space for Black arts and cultural practices in Britain; the struggles against oppression and injustice; movements of resistance to and activism against racism, political violence and inequality; and the embracing of a new internationalism through solidarity, collaboration and creativity.

The No Colour Bar publication contains artist profiles and reproductions of some of the key artworks that were featured in the Guildhall Art Gallery exhibition, and with its documentation of the narratives and responses from expert voices, the book has become one of the legacies of this ground-breaking exhibition and touring programme. With thought pieces by co-curators, Katherine Pearce, Makeda Coaston and Michael McMillan, the publication also has further important contributions from respected and expert cultural leaders and writers, including Eddie Chambers, Hamja Ashan, Margaret Andrews, Margaret Busby and Colin Prescod.

No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960 –1990 was a ground-breaking visual art and archive exhibition held at the Guildhall Art Gallery (10 July 2015 – 24 January 2016) with its digital touring version at Black Cultural Archives and Hackney Museum (September 2016 – January 2017). It was organised by the Friends of the Huntley Archives at the LMA, with generous support of its key partners, the City of London’s Guildhall Art Gallery and the London Metropolitan Archives with lottery funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other donations. Volunteers were instrumental in supporting the programme. All net proceeds from the sales of the legacy publication go towards the work of the charity: Friends of the Huntley Archives at the LMA (FHALMA). Charity number 1152314.

Additional information

Weight .675 kg
Dimensions 24.4 × 24.4 × 1.2 cm

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It was in 1969 that Groundings with Our Brothers, by Walter Rodney was first published by Bogle-L’Ouverture, a seminal text that went on to inspire confidence in holding conversations about the truth about African history, and making sure that new Black voices were getting platforms to explore identity and culture from a non-colonial perspective, here in the UK and internationally. Today, we know that unlocking the knowledge, and understanding experience of migrant communities has become even more vital than before.

With your help we can share the values of difference, of Black identity, culture and learn about the combatting race discrimination and racism. With your financial support, can share more about the writings, books, activism and community initiatives, and with your networks, we can reach out to allies from all communities to help fund this essential work.

It’s thanks to the generous support of cultural partners, donors, funders, and volunteers that has enabled us to deliver our series of exhibitions, events, conferences and educational programmes, produced in their collaboration. However, times are tough and we need immediate funds to be able to continue this work to educate, eradicate and elevate.

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Jessica Huntley Memorial Fund

Jessica Huntley who passed away in 2013, believed in the power of access to an informed education.  Always working as a member of a collective, Jessica was a fearless women. She helped and set up Saturday Schools, was one of the founders of the Black Parents Movement. She (and others) established The International Book Fair of Radical Black and Third World Books to provide access to a wide range of perspectives and undeniably not freely available in the mainstream bookshops in the UK.

After Covid 19, hopefully in Oct 2021, we plan to launch the Jessica Huntley Memorial fund, inaugurated by an annual lecture series, in partnership with the V&A. The net proceeds from this initiative, and others fundraising efforts, will underwrite an annual bursary fund for students of African Caribbean descent, where we plan to make a contribution towards their studies in literature, history, art, social sciences or archives. We are looking to connect with a commercial partner and a higher education body, (college or university) to ensure that this is maintainable bursary fund for at least a period of 10 years. 

Annual Conference 2021

It’s essential for FHALMA to attract new friends and funds to enable us to carry out our vital work: to share the narratives found in the Huntley Archives about the fight for identity, creativity, and innovative activism that combat marginalisation and prejudice.

Our annual conference is a stalwart educational and respected community project in the Black history calendar. We must provide that space and place for innovations, debate, lessons and discoveries. February 2021 may see us deliver a different kind of conference, with digital engagement and social media being a big part of the planning access. However we will plan for a major event to acknowledge and reflect on 40th anniversary of the 1981 Uprisings.

There has never been a better time to double down and find ways to connect communities, combat racism and increase cohesion, something which Jessica and Eric Huntley spent their entire lives acting upon.


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