Author: yeside

  • Letter to my daughter

    As you have learned from my previous posts on my Reclamation series, I was sent over alone from Nigeria to Kent when I was 4½. My father was a product of the African generation who were raised to romanticise England. I rarely saw my parents until I was 15 years old when my parents eventually…

  • Two Awards at the Hollybush Emerging Woman Painter Competition


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    Delighted to have been awarded the Susan Angoy Artist of African and Caribbean Heritage Award for Emergence and the Euan Millar Award for Abstract Art for The Colour Purple. And …… both pieces have sold!

  • Hollybush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2022

    I am thrilled and honoured to learn that I am a finalist for the Hollybush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2022, held at Lauderdale House in Highgate London N6 5HG.  The exhibition will be held from 9th June to 4th July. The Holly Bush Woman Painter Prize is now the largest painting prize dedicated to women…

  • Framing the Future


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    I am delighted to be co-curating “Framing the Future” an online ArtCan exhibition to mark International Women’s Day. 5th – 26th March 2022 ArtCan is hosting a Virtual Exhibition for International Women’s Day 2022. Building on ArtCan’s international membership and founding principle of fair pay for artists, the exhibition will focus on the incredible art…

  • ArtCan


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    I am enjoying my first taste of being a member of ArtCan. Details of Artcan can be found on their website You can also watch a video produced by my husband, Derek, as an introduction under their “Meet the Artist” programme:

  • Reclamation Series 1

    The Colour Purple  In creating this, the last of the paintings in my trilogy on reclaiming my identity,  I realised that there is a strong influence of Peter Doig who I’ve referenced before. He says more of an outsider than anything. “People will ask me where I’m from, and I say, ‘Well, I’m from here,’ and…

  • Visit to Margate

    Short break in Margate offered the chance to see two exhibitions: 1. Met  up with Emily Tull in the Turner Contemporary exhibition where we saw her stitched portrait of me which she completed at the beginning of Lockdown 2020.  2.  Attended the Private view of the Carl Freedman Gallery:  “To all the Kings who have…

  • Watts Gallery Exhibition

    I am excited to be featured in Watts Contemporary Gallery’s “Heartlands” exhibition from 14th Januray to 13th March. Five of my works are on display (and available to buy!). Further details are on their website: Further background is in the press release. My pieces are:

  • Announcing My Virtual Gallery

    Excited to be showing my work through a virtual gallery – hosted by