Borough’s Africa Centre gets new Aurelia Durand artwork

Staff Reporter (14 April, 2021)

'Aurelia’s colourful and vibrant afro-pop style is a reflection of the centre’s renewed vision for the future'

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A Southwark cultural centre for black people in London has installed new murals by a famous Parisian artist.

The Africa Centre added the wall paintings by French-Ivorian illustrator Aurelia Durand on hoardings on the outside of its headquarters on Great Suffolk Street in Borough at the end of March.

The murals will stay up until construction work on the building ends in the autumn of this year.

“Aurelia’s colourful and vibrant afro-pop style is a reflection of the centre’s renewed vision for the future – engaging with members of the community across generations,” a spokesperson for the centre said in a statement.

The Africa Centre, founded more than 60 years ago, moved from its former base in Covent Garden in 2013 and called Southwark “a great fit” for its programme.

Durand said her art “represents Afro-descendants as joyful, proud, and empowered — a united community whose destinies are intertwined.”

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