We are incredibly proud to present the shortlist of 30 artists, chosen from over 300 who are the finalists of our recent exhibition; 'Celebrating Our Strength in Our Diversity".
We invite you to browse the incredible works of these artists and share far and wide.
Experience the finalists work in all of it's glory via our 3D virtual gallery.
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KUSUM SHABONG - EUPHORIA
Diversity brings about an amalgamation of ideas and enhances creativity in a society, This painting showcases cultural diversity with an ethnic dancer engrossed in her art form. The love for one’s art is common throughout people wherever they might come from. A true artist recognises this and hence there is no place for divisiveness there.
AMANDA HERNANDEZ - YO SOY TODAS
My work celebrates the strengths of our diversity, relating femininity with still life, and understanding that roots are plants main support because they give them life. I make subtle analogies to my own roots and to what holds me up as a woman
DMITRY KREBS - THEY LOVE TOO
This world is beautiful and diverse. We are all very different, not similar to each other. But in all creatures living on planet Earth, there is one, single life.
I believe my work celebrates the strengths in your diversity due to my choice of materials combining traditional with the unconventional. I also celebrate the strong diversity of identity and self expression within my Quirky Queue characters and how despite no facial features they all have a strong presence and visual identity.
O YEMI TUBI - THE FISHERS OF MEN
My painting - "The Fishers of men" depicts the strengths in diversity people in people in Europe were fishing out the refugees from the Mediterranean Sea. "The Fishers of Men" was the phrase our Lord Jesus used to call His disciples to save human soul from the predator - the Satan. In this painting, President Bashar Al-Assad, and Islamic State terrorist are the sharks, the predators the Syrians were running away from, while Africans were running from poverty and longing for a better life in Euro
Gabi Coelho - Facho da Loucura
Celebrating diversity is also celebrating the work produced by different peoples. In this case, work produced by a Latin woman.
DEBBIE LAZENBY - ECSTACY
No matter how diverse society is each & everyone of us feel the same or similar emotions.. we are in the whole all the same. Sadness & happiness can develop into depression or ecstasy, the power of the mind is an incredible thing!
ALEKSANDRA SANA RASULIC - PRECAMBRIAN ORGY
The diversity in materials I used in this work celebrates our diversity. Watercolours and ink, acrylics and graphite become an authentic Precambrian bath, a pool of warm water where diverse creatures reproduce, convulse and collide. The species collaborate or simply let themselves be carried away by their nature, devouring each other or transforming into new specimens.
CARMEN INCARNADINE - BOY CROWNED
The bird on top of the young man’s head is a Royal Amazonian Flycatcher, Onychorhynchus Coronatus. I chose it because of it’s origin known for it’s diversity, as well as for it’s crown. Through our own self-governing and sovereignty we can find connection. I have encircled him with seeds and flowers from Africa. To me these symbolise fertility, our origin and ability to create as well as the ever-present cycles of nature.We as human beings tend to categorise and compartmentalise.....
ANDREA FILKOR - I DON'T FIGHT
My work represents the people of the 21st century who are under pressure and stress within the rush of the century and those who let the stress control them into letting it ruin their relationships, lives and family. It also represents, how the people are can also be understanding, able to control the stress and are there to help those who need it.
Massimo Vito Avantaggiato - ATLAS OF THE EARTH
My work is an abstract digital artwork. Internal motion, made up of vibrations, contacts, interactions that manage to create, through the chiaroscuro, a living, pulsating reality made of diverse particles that impossible inertial forces have projected into each other; a material movement, strong interior in which you can glimpse a close correlation with the soul of the artist, Chiaroscuri, inner vibrations, music in motion, possible and impossible atoms of different existences.
There are countless issues about racism, sexism, discrimination against age, LGBTQ community, and more. But no one can live by themselves or solely with their own kind, and so if we stopped resenting each other for the difference, our human society would run smoothly and become much stronger. My work includes a handful of people with different age, race, religion and sexual orientation. One end of my piece can be connected to the other end it will complete the circle.
TRACEY SWIFT - IT IS NOT ALL BLACK OR WHITE
Showing we can be one face but not one race. Its not all black and white.
BAZCHAD - COURAGE DOES NOT ALWAYS ROAR
Strengths in our diversity is symbolised in this piece titled ‘Courage doesn’t alway’s roar’. We all have strengths and weaknesses, no matter how big or small, but combined together we can do amazing things. Inspired by the NHS and all key workers this piece captures the thought that at this troubled time in the United Kingdom’s history or even the world the big and the small will help battle through together. With courage, bravery and strength to look forward to brighter times.
O. YEMI TUBI - LEST WE FORGET
I use my work to celebrates our strengths in our diversity by putting the landscape of London at the background of this painting. Our strengths in our diversity can bee seeing in the diversity of the ethnicity that resides in London. Our NHS and our front line workers fighting corona virus many of who were from different parts of the world; they are our unlikely heroes that I am using this painting to celebrate.
ASHLEY ALLEN - VISION
The piece symbolisms, it doesn't matter what race, skin color, gender, religion, and sexual preference we are all the same underneath.
SARA SALEM - BEHIND ME...
I tried by expressing the reflection of the things that I was able to collect in this artwork of the presence of the incomplete portrait and surrounding it with its abstract world and half the words and numbers a lot of scenes and incomplete lines that may reflect my sense of this concept
ELESHA SEARLES - PSYCHEDELIC DREAM_
Depicts a black woman having a out of body experience when she sees into the wonderous universe.
DEBORA JAYNE HARTLEY - LIFE'S LANDSCAPE
The figures in my painting are all different yet by naturally supporting each other they create a strong 'landscape' in which to live. The eye for me symbolises opening our eyes to the contributions of all in creating a rich and colourful society. I often leave faces blank so my characters can be anyone and everyone.
O. YEMI TUBI - THE BLEEDING ROSES
I use my work in to celebrate the strength in our diversity by including people from different background in this painting
AMANDA IGWEBU - Nwaanyị ọma
Here, I have painted a portrait of a Nigerian woman and titled it ‘Nwaanyị ọma’ which is Igbo for ‘beautiful woman’. We have a bit of insight into her background and persona from her appearance, from the vibrant colours used and from the title of the painting itself.
ALEXIS BAMFORTH - BUST
Change in society. Breakdown of empires. Equality required in representation of art in our cities. Cochineal to form the blood nods at the 50% loss of insects in Europe (over last 15yrs). Cocoa and sugar refers to slavery. Artwork as a whole implies humankinds self destruction through over exploitation.
Eniola Olajuwon Gbenga - HOPE
The work depict the beauty and uniqueness of Doncaster in such that, it brings people of different talents, culture and background together to showcase their innate abilities in practical forms and brings to limelight news styles. This work depict different cultures and brings hope to people going through one hardship or the other. Doncaster helps to showcase expressions like this which makes them diverse and unique.
DAVID - OLOWOKERE - GELE O DUN
Yorùbá women are consciously serious and careful when it comes to headgear exhibition, consciously complemented with traditional beads. This is the embellishment of the highest order when it comes to body adornment during outing occasions. From the title, "Gèlè ò dùn" which simply interpreted as "an headgear is not been appreciated unlike the tieing skills", body adornment of women is well respected in my culture(Yorùbá) which signifies strength and bond among among our cultured women.
Michaela Barker - 21 YEARS TOGETHER
This piece was done to celebrate my parents 21st anniversary. It celebrates the strengths in our diversity as they come from two very different backgrounds and upbringings yet still continue to have a lot of love for eachother and the family they have made together. The paper clippings used in the background are excerpts from their wedding book where their friends and families showed their support and love in the face of diversity.
DR VIVIEN SABEL - BEE LIEVE
The image is full of diversity. The background includes a watercolour rainbow and the bees are multi-coloured to represent all nations and celebrate difference.
AMANDA IGWEBU - JOJO
This piece has many distinctive colours with an unconventional style so it immediately sparks interest in the subject, JoJo. Additionally, JoJo’s mode of self-expression is non-traditional which makes her even more intriguing. Her uniqueness perpetuates the fact that we each have our own stories to tell, and our own talents to offer, based on our own backgrounds and experiences. In this, diversity is established and it invokes strength.
BECKY MCKINLEY - TUNNEL VISION
My piece demonstrates that despite our background, we all face difficult times, whereby we feel that we are confined and limited within life. Yet there is a way out and our circumstances are only temporary. A dark place that we pass through and come out stronger at the other side.
OTIS MARRIOT - The colourful and unfilte
Ami, one of my daughters is full of life and being 4 embraces all that life has to throw at her and this includes the diversity around her. She hasn't been exposed to the things in life which cause some not to notice and celebrate the difference in others. This image is not a popular one in our house as it's not necessarily the most flattering of photos, but that is what I like about it. In contradiction to my title I have filtered the colours to emphasise her personality.