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Wednesday 21st October/Wednesday 4th November/Wednesday 11th November/Wednesday 25th November and Wednesday 2nd December 2015

The Otter Gallery and the Widening Participation Team at the University of Chichester are pleased to announce the hosting of a surround sound installation that revisits the tragic events surrounding the racially motivated murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence near a bus stop on the Well Hall Road in South East London in 1993.

After showing across the UK and internationally, it now opens here in Chichester with the intention of raising awareness and encouraging local people to reflect upon the issues of racism and stereotyping, police corruption and institutionalised racism; teaching racial understanding of equality and diversity, philosophical, faith, political, humanitarian and citizenship study topics. 

This challenging, timely exhibition and accompanying learning project has been created by London-based visual artist and educator Tahera Aziz.

Taking the notion of the daily routine of waiting at the bus stop as its starting point, the artwork explores the disruption of the everyday to foreground the murder once again, highlighting detailed elements that have particular resonance.

[re]locate offers new and unique insights by placing the audience in the position of ‘witness’; the artwork is part of the process involved in struggling to preserve the memory of a case, that has had a deep impact in public life, and which still remains relevant 22 years on.  

Addressing a younger generation who may not have heard of Stephen Lawrence, this project is intended to raise awareness and is particularly targeted at local secondary schools and sixth form colleges as well as primary and secondary teachers.

The experience of visiting this exhibition, with its engaging sound installation, informative displays alongside pre-visit and follow-up discussions, will provide students from years 9-13 with an invaluable opportunity to participate in a range of activities throughout the session. 

It is important to note that there will be an INSET for primary and secondary teachers who want to become more confident at raising issues of race and diversity in the classroom.

This will be led by the University’s academic staff for Education and is a pre-requisite for any secondary teacher planning to bring a group to the gallery.

Each school session will be led by a member of the Otter Gallery or designated University staff, with additional insight from the artist herself, Tahera Aziz, or the University’s Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora, University of Chichester, Hakim Adi.

Staff (minimum 2) accompanying students from your school/college will be asked to attend a Teacher Training INSET on Monday 12th October 2015, 4pm – 6pm University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus.

To book your place:

Download Year 9, 10 and 11 booking form

Download College booking form

Download INSET Training booking form

To find our more, please contact Sherry Ware at s.ware@chi.ac.uk