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Corinne Bailey Rae presents Black Rainbows

A musical project inspired by the objects and artworks collected by theaster gates at the stony island arts bank in Chicago.

Saturday October 28, 2023
19:00 - 23:00 (GMT Standard Time)
Sunbeam Theatre
79 Barlby Road, W10 6AZ, London Get Directions
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Doors open at 7pm, performance starts at 8pm.

Event finishes at 11pm

General Admission £42.50

Patron Priority £30

Corinne Bailey Rae presents her forthcoming album, Black Rainbows, due for release on 15 September.

Black Rainbows is the result of a several years long conversation between Corinne Bailey Rae and the objects and happenings in the Stony Island Arts Bank, Chicago.

Situated at the Great Grand Crossing neighbourhood of Chicago’s South Side, Stony Island Arts Bank is a cathedral to Black Art, a curated collection of Black archives comprising books, sculpture, records, furniture and problematic objects from America’s past. As well as being a site for archive, the Arts bank is also a place for convening. Bailey Rae attended The Black Artists Retreat there in 2017 and performed in the space.

Wide ranging in its themes, Black Rainbows' subjects are drawn from encounters with objects in the Arts Bank. Taking us from the rock hewn churches of Ethiopia, to the journeys of Black Pioneers Westward, from Miss New York Transit 1957, to how the sunset appears from Harriet Jacobs' loophole. Black Rainbows explores Black femininity, Spell Work, Inner Space/Outer Space, time collapse and ancestors, the erasure Black Childhood and music as a vessel for transcendence.

"Engaging with these archives and encountering Theaster Gates and his practice has changed how I think about myself as an artist and what the possibilities of my work can be." - Corinne Bailey Rae

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