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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.

Spilt Milk 2023
95 Gloucester Green 08.02.23

Spilt Milk 2023

Spilt Milk 2023
Anthem of Avocado: Rootical Folklore by Natty Mark Samuels in the Window Galleries
The #WindowGalleries 10.01.23

Anthem of Avocado: Rootical Folklore by Natty Mark Samuels in the Window Galleries

Anthem of Avocado: Rootical Folklore by Natty Mark Samuels in the Window Galleries
King Tut Collective Exhibition
The #WindowGalleries 03.12.22

King Tut Collective Exhibition

King Tut Collective Exhibition
Grave Good Exhibition
95 Gloucester Green 30.11.22

Grave Good Exhibition

Grave Good Exhibition
CREATIVE DRAWING WORKSHOP
4 Hollybush Row 16.12.22

CREATIVE DRAWING WORKSHOP

CREATIVE DRAWING WORKSHOP
LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP
4 Hollybush Row 16.12.22

LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP

LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP
MASK MAKING WORKSHOP
4 Hollybush Row 16.12.22

MASK MAKING WORKSHOP

MASK MAKING WORKSHOP
SILK PAINTING AND EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP
4 Hollybush Row 16.12.22

SILK PAINTING AND EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP

SILK PAINTING AND EMBROIDERY WORKSHOP
Spilt Milk 2023 EXHIBITION OPENING EVENT
95 Gloucester Green 04.02.23

Spilt Milk 2023 EXHIBITION OPENING EVENT

Spilt Milk 2023 EXHIBITION OPENING EVENT
Winter Pop-Up!
4 Hollybush Row 16.12.22

Winter Pop-Up!

Winter Pop-Up!
Birago Day Poetry
95 Gloucester Green 10.12.22

Birago Day Poetry

Birago Day Poetry
GRAVE GOOD: Late Event
95 Gloucester Green 09.12.22

GRAVE GOOD: Late Event

GRAVE GOOD: Late Event

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