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RARE GROOVE – Art+Archive is a one year art project for the collation of an archive to ignite a multidisciplinary, collective art practice that will conclude with a public art exhibition. Its aim is to encourage experimentation and prototyping with a community-led approach that explores the rituals of a specific Black British life and style.

Rare Groove is an undocumented Black British Sound System scene which has raved and revelled in joy as resistance since the early 80’s. A subculture of a subculture, it is Soul music through a British Reggae lens, wherein the DJ’s and collectors select mostly obscure and overlooked 70’s and 80’s African American and British Soul vinyl that sings of the African Diaspora experience of love, peace, fugitivity and transcendence…a ‘two-step’ vibration.

A welcome will be made for rest, recuperation and untethered expression in the John Garcia Family Foundation Gallery. Here the term rare groove will be activated for thoughts and dialogue around what new modes of movement and ways of inhabiting space are to be had in this haven for the first British born children of the Windrush generation. A place made for forging partnerships and collaborations drawn from the community of Deptford, Lewisham and beyond, practitioners, artists, academics, Goldsmiths alumni and students from across the university.

This rich and developing programme hopes to unfold itself out into a Black Art Social Life with an ongoing legacy.

RARE GROOVE – Art+Archive is a one year art project for the collation of an archive to ignite a multidisciplinary, collective art practice that will conclude with a public art exhibition. Its aim is to encourage experimentation and prototyping with a community-led approach that explores the rituals of a specific Black British life and style.

Rare Groove is an undocumented Black British Sound System scene which has raved and revelled in joy as resistance since the early 80’s. A subculture of a subculture, it is Soul music through a British Reggae lens, wherein the DJ’s and collectors select mostly obscure and overlooked 70’s and 80’s African American and British Soul vinyl that sings of the African Diaspora experience of love, peace, fugitivity and transcendence…a ‘two-step’ vibration.

A welcome will be made for rest, recuperation and untethered expression in the John Garcia Family Foundation Gallery. Here the term rare groove will be activated for thoughts and dialogue around what new modes of movement and ways of inhabiting space are to be had in this haven for the first British born children of the Windrush generation. A place made for forging partnerships and collaborations drawn from the community of Deptford, Lewisham and beyond, practitioners, artists, academics, Goldsmiths alumni and students from across the university.

This rich and developing programme hopes to unfold itself out into a Black Art Social Life with an ongoing legacy.

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