Wandsworth celebrates Black History Month with two new photo exhibitions at the BAC

A new exhibition of portraits celebrating some of the borough’s notable African-Caribbean women in the fields of business, community and sport opens this week.  

Celebrating Wandsworth’s Sheroes is on display during Black History Month, and as part of the council’s year-round Black History 365 celebrations.


The Mayor of Wandsworth Juliana Annan held a reception at Wandsworth Town Hall to mark the exhibition ahead of its opening at the Battersea Arts Centre.

The term ‘shero’ was originally coined in 1836 during the suffrage movement and defines women known for their courage, achievements and qualities.

Celebrating Wandsworth Sheroes recognises 16 inspiring women who have made a difference in their chosen field and in their community. They are photographed in their ‘Wandsworth happy place’ and have shared thoughts on their heritage, inspirations, their own personal Sheroes and where they find joy.  (You can read these in full at wandsworthenterprisehub.com).  

It will be shown alongside the Windrush Elders exhibition, commissioned by the council to commemorate Windrush 75. It is based around a series of 12 striking portraits, captured by photographer Sharron Wallace, of those who have paved the way for the next generations in Britain. The exhibition features a glimpse into some of their stories of migration and forging a new life in the UK, with many making London and eventually Wandsworth their home.

Deputy Council Leader Kemi Akinola said:
This Black History Month has been truly inspirational. The focus has been on remarkable Black women, and as a Black woman myself I have been so proud to hear their stories and celebrate their lives.
“This exhibition, and the Windrush Elders portraits displayed alongside, have some beautiful photographs of incredible people, and I would encourage everyone to take some time to visit them.

The portraits for Celebrating Wandsworth’s Sheroes were all taken by local photographer Dominique Nok, who’s own daughter also features. 

Dominique said; “It was an absolute honour to meet and photograph these wonderful Sheroes of Caribbean and African descent in Wandsworth. Often their work, effort and achievements are unseen. Every one of them is on an exciting and inspiring journey. Having the opportunity to shine the spotlight on them was an absolute joy.

Celebrating Wandsworth’s Sheroes and The Windrush Elders are showing at the Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5TN until November 24th

before moving onto Wandsworth Library and then doing a tour of the borough’s libraries until the end of the year.

Find out more about Black History 365