A colourful new exhibition at SoShiro Gallery London featuring over 60 works from Africa and the UK

Above image – Let There Be Calm by Lesego Seoketsa, South Africa

NOT BLACK OR WHITE is a new contemporary art, craft and design exhibition at SoShiro Gallery in Marylebone, London, featuring a collective of creatives from Africa and the UK who have reimagined the traditional use of colour and material.

These creatives are visual story tellers who have looked to their heritage, the natural environment, and personal narratives to activate their remarkable skills, exploration work and creativity. There is a sense of raw storytelling and palpable emotion that can be felt from the pieces they have created.

On show will be paintings, textiles, sculptures and design pieces in glass, metal, and wood – a total of over 60 works created in London, South Africa, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast, and other African countries.

The show will run alongside a lively program of performances, talks and salons featuring some of the artists for a dynamic shared experience of the show.

Kenyan-born gallery owner Shiro Muchiri said, "Not Black or White is a show that brings together artists and craftsmanship of courage and thoughtfulness. The works on show are a testament to the many global, community and individual human aspects that need to be learnt, supported, and celebrated.

The show demonstrates the power of contemporary art taking on the challenge and doing its part to help us visualise different and endless colours, making us more aware of the world we live in, the injustices that exist, the need for the love we give, and the need to preserve our heritage and the stunning natural environment that surrounds us - to realise that it’s all in the colours."

The Exhibition is free to attend but visitors must book a time slot by email at

24 February to 17 March 2023

Opening hours:

Monday to Saturday: 10 am to 6 pm

Outside hours: email your request to


Above image - Gotta have it all by Nene Mahlangu, South Africa

Above image – A paradox in my “blackness” II by Nthabiseng Boledi Kekana, South Africa

Above image – ‘Ares’ by Cathryn Shilling, United Kingdom. Courtesy of Vessel Gallery

Above image – Under the Influence V by Chris Day, United Kingdom. Courtesy of Vessel Gallery

Above image – Echo Lamp designed by Brendan Ravenhill. Made by Maison Intègre in Burkina Faso

The show is in collaboration with:

Art & Exception

Undiscovered Canvas

Vessel Gallery

For more information please email