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A History of Ordinary People in Africa

20/05/2022

A History of Ordinary People in Africa

A History of Ordinary People in Africa (HOPIA) is a cultural heritage project consisting of a series of historical exhibitions. It is undertaken by members of the Oxford University Africa Society in partnership with Fusion Arts Oxford and supported by TORCH as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, and the Oxford African Studies Centre.

HOPIA emphasises the social experience of everyday life and reveals how ordinary people participate in the process of social change. It draws on oral histories, historical artefacts, and photographs to project into the past, centring on women and the underrepresented, and spotlighting their resistance, activism, preservation of traditions, innovations, creativity, and contribution towards positive change.

Project themes:

Women and Societal Change

Women and Heritage

Women, Family and Entrepreneurship

What's on

Browse upcoming events, exhibitions, workshops and classes at Fusion Arts and in the wider community.

Divine Schism: Oh, Community! Fundraiser Gig for YWMP
Fusion Arts 24.04.22

Divine Schism: Oh, Community! Fundraiser Gig for YWMP

Divine Schism: Oh, Community! Fundraiser Gig for YWMP
Divine Schism: Toodles & the Hectic Pity + Live, Do Nothing + Gold Baby + Give up gig
Fusion Arts 22.03.22

Divine Schism: Toodles & the Hectic Pity + Live, Do Nothing + Gold Baby + Give up gig

Divine Schism: Toodles & the Hectic Pity + Live, Do Nothing + Gold Baby + Give up gig
Material Objects as Black Cultural Expressions of Home - Yvadney Davis and Gayle Hall in Conversation With Junie James
95 Gloucester Green 22.03.22

Material Objects as Black Cultural Expressions of Home - Yvadney Davis and Gayle Hall in Conversation With Junie James

Material Objects as Black Cultural Expressions of Home - Yvadney Davis and Gayle Hall in Conversation With Junie James
Botley West Way Public Art: Community Consultation and Activity Day
West Way Square 19.03.22

Botley West Way Public Art: Community Consultation and Activity Day

Botley West Way Public Art: Community Consultation and Activity Day
A History of Ordinary People in Africa
The #WindowGalleries Recurs regularly 20.05.22

A History of Ordinary People in Africa

A History of Ordinary People in Africa
Contradicting Authenticity - Exhibition by Julius Muraga
95 Gloucester Green Recurs regularly 20.05.22

Contradicting Authenticity - Exhibition by Julius Muraga

Contradicting Authenticity - Exhibition by Julius Muraga
Girlhood, Memory and the Gaze - Exhibition by Juliet Henderson
The #WindowGalleries Recurs regularly 20.05.22

Girlhood, Memory and the Gaze - Exhibition by Juliet Henderson

Girlhood, Memory and the Gaze - Exhibition by Juliet Henderson
Art Can Save the World - Exhibition by Siân Klein and GAON
The #WindowGalleries 14.04.22

Art Can Save the World - Exhibition by Siân Klein and GAON

Art Can Save the World - Exhibition by Siân Klein and GAON
Morning Yoga Class
Fusion Arts Recurs regularly 23.05.22

Morning Yoga Class

Morning Yoga Class
East Oxford Portrait Group
Fusion Arts Recurs regularly 27.04.22

East Oxford Portrait Group

East Oxford Portrait Group
Community Darkroom Sessions
Fusion Arts Recurs regularly 24.05.22

Community Darkroom Sessions

Community Darkroom Sessions
Online Lantern-Making Workshop
Online 13.11.21

Online Lantern-Making Workshop

Online Lantern-Making Workshop

Supporters of Fusion Arts

Oxford City Council Arts Council England National Lottery Funded Project Grant National Lottery Community Fund Oxfordshire Community Foundation Here for Culture Doris Field Charitable Trust