WOA give you a list of three things you could do for everyday of the working week. There’s no need for you to suffer the Monday Blues: An evening meal at a restaurant you’ve never been to; tickets to the latest shows; or a podcast candidly exploring topical affairs will help you get through your nine-to-five. Read on to find out what we suggest for you to do today.

Exhibitions – Autograph ABP Gallery

There are two amazing and equally thought-provoking  exhibitions taking place at the Autograph ABP Gallery at the moment:

Raphael Albert – Miss Black and Beautiful  


Autograph APB is proud to present the first major solo exhibition of photographs by the late Raphael Albert – cultural promoter, entrepreneur and photographer.

For more than three decades from the late 1960s to the early 1990s, Albert organised and documented numerous black beauty pageants and other cultural events in London, while building up a portfolio of photographs of aspiring models. His long and successful career as a promoter and chronicler of pageants included the establishment of Miss Black and Beautiful, Miss West Indies in Great Britain, and Miss Grenada.

The exhibition features over sixty modern and vintage prints, as well as archival ephemera.

Miss Black and Beautiful (8 July – 24 Sep) – FREE

Aida Silvestri – Unsterile Clinic 


Autograph ABP is proud to present Unsterile Clinic, an exhibition by Aida Silvestri to raise awareness of the widespread practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Unsterile Clinic marks the 2nd anniversary of the Girl Summit, organised in 2014 by the UK government in collaboration with DIFID, UNICEF and the Home Office to mobilise domestic and international forces to end FGM globally within one generation. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the creation of a group portrait as an act of solidarity. To participate in the creation of a group portrait, please ask the Visitor Assistant in the galley for a pin, please ask the gallery’s visitor assistant for a pin.


Unsterile Clinic (8 July – 17 Sep) – FREE

Autograph ABP Gallery

Rivington Place (off Rivington Street)

Tel: 020 7749 1240.

Tues, Wed, Fri 11am – 6pm/ Thurs 11am – 9pm/ Sat 12 – 6pm
The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays.


Buy – Soboye Fashion and Lifestyle Boutique 


SOBOYE is a African inspired fashion and lifestyle brand consisting of a Shoreditch based retail outlet stocking our men’s, women’s and soft furnishings collections, as well as a selection of collections from some Africa’s finest designers. Fashion designer, stylist and creative entrepreneur Samson Soboye is one of the East London’s original tastemakers. Setting up shop on the now highly desirable Calvert Ave in the early noughties.

They have also recently launched a small collection of jewellery made in collaboration with Sidai designs and jewellery designer Sheena Bulsara. Visit the store for a dosage of African print and design to update your summer wardrobe.

SOBOYE Boutique

13 Calvert Avenue


E2 7JP

Tel: 0207 729 3521 


Nominate – BCA Unsung Heroes


Are you inspirational, influential, successful or know someone that is? Black Cultural Archives are looking for the unsung heroes – be they a labourer, scientist or sportsperson. Everyone is relevant. They are documenting and spotlighting exceptional people and their stories. Highlighting and celebrating Black contributions in the UK and inspiring future generations. We are looking for people across the breadth of the country.

As the UK’s first dedicated national Black heritage centre, Black Cultural Archives aims to be the most complete reference point for the Black experience in Britain.



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