The Tafari Museum and Art Gallery (known in short as the Tafari Gallery) opened in January 2015 and occupies the first floor in Fairfield House, Bath, the former residence of Emperor Haile Selassie I.
Two museum rooms display a range of artifacts and information about the Emperor’s time in the city of Bath, and objects related directly to that history and connected to Ethiopia and Rastafari culture more generally, and a temporary exhibition space showcases inspiring cutting edge contemporary creative art works exploring related themes, for a duration of approximately four months duration.
The gallery will host three exhibitions a year, and is a great place to view work by up-and-coming artists as well as established names.
MADE IN ETHIOPIA
by Dr Peter Kellett
This exciting exhibition brings some of the vibrancy and colour of Ethiopian streets to Fairfield House! Peter Kellett is an architect and social anthropologist, and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at Newcastle University. In 2013 he was based at Addis Ababa University Ethiopia for 8 months, and whilst there brought together this body of work. The exhibition consists of large numbers of everyday objects collected with the help of Ethiopian colleagues. They will be displayed as multiples and in creative, colourful juxtaposition with each other.
Each group focuses on a particular theme including: cultures of sustenance (food/religion/water), communication and education (languages/signs), renewal and birth (urban change/birth rates/maternal mortality/ health), resources (money/recycling). The objects include: traditional woven mats, recycled oil containers, religious pictures and candles, children’s shoes, football shirts, bank notes, processional umbrellas, and other forms of material culture.
The exhibition runs from 17th March – 20th June 2017.
Opening preview event on March 17th, 5.30pm
Ras Nigel Murray – Rastafari Folk Sculpture – 1st July – 29th Sept 2017
Stacey Olika – I am Melanin – 7th Oct 2017 – 27th Jan 2018
Details to follow….