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A History of Ordinary People in Africa

03/06/2022

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.

Rise! Opening Event
95 Gloucester Green 23.09.22

Rise! Opening Event

Rise! Opening Event
Open Event: Evening View of 'Comfort Zone' by Ellie Thompson
95 Gloucester Green 25.08.22

Open Event: Evening View of 'Comfort Zone' by Ellie Thompson

Open Event: Evening View of 'Comfort Zone' by Ellie Thompson
Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani EP release event
95 Gloucester Green 20.07.22

Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani EP release event

Zahra Haji Fath Ali Tehrani EP release event
Artisan Swap Shop
95 Gloucester Green 28.05.22

Artisan Swap Shop

Artisan Swap Shop
Rise!
95 Gloucester Green 23.09.22

Rise!

Rise!
September Displays in the Window Galleries
The #WindowGalleries 12.09.22

September Displays in the Window Galleries

September Displays in the Window Galleries
Comfort Zone - Exhibition by Ellie Thompson
95 Gloucester Green Recurs regularly 13.09.22

Comfort Zone - Exhibition by Ellie Thompson

Comfort Zone - Exhibition by Ellie Thompson
Rycotewood Furniture Exhibition
The #WindowGalleries Recurs regularly 25.08.22

Rycotewood Furniture Exhibition

Rycotewood Furniture Exhibition
Lantern Making Workshop
Templars Square, pound way, Oxford 01.10.22

Lantern Making Workshop

Lantern Making Workshop
Wetland Arts Community Art Workshop
Other 20.08.22

Wetland Arts Community Art Workshop

Wetland Arts Community Art Workshop
Wetland Arts Drawing Workshop
Other 24.07.22

Wetland Arts Drawing Workshop

Wetland Arts Drawing Workshop
Wetland Arts Drawing Workshop
Other 26.06.22

Wetland Arts Drawing Workshop

Wetland Arts Drawing 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 BBC Children in Need