Norfolk Black History Month 2017 was launched at a reception at City Hall, Norwich on Friday, September 29. The Lord Mayor of Norwich, Councillor David Fullman and Molly Samuels-Leport MBE both spoke at the launch.
The event included the unveiling of a portrait of Molly Samuels-Leport, painted by North Norfolk based Jamaican artist, Danny Keen, who is also Chairman of Norfolk Black History Month. The portrait will be on display in City Hall reception throughout October.
Molly Samuels-Leport MBE, who lives in Walthamstow, was seven times World Karate Champion during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Sunday Times International Sportswoman of the Year and was a recipient of the Jamaican Award for Excellence.
From an early age I began my photography with winding-on and a four cube flash that spun around when expelled. If in haste to remove the flash, fingers would be burnt! At that time I had a maximum of 36 exposures which I then took to the chemist and one week later I could collect with the excitement of finding out what I had achieved. The lesson in this would be that if I took a blurry photograph of, for instance my dog running toward me, it would be funny, but when you pay for the images out of your pocket money - twice is not funny at all, simply a waste of money and effort. So I began to think, construct and create what I wished to capture and how.
Norfolk’s ‘makers’ are taking over The Forum, in Norwich, from Monday 30 January – Saturday 25 February to help people learn how to knit, spin, weave, sew, crochet, sketch, paint and many other ‘crafty’ skills.
Makers’ Month is open to all, with free drop-in activities, bookable workshops and textile based exhibitions for curious beginners through to talented enthusiasts. Visitors to The Forum throughout February can find inspiration, like-minded company and plenty of experienced makers, all of them keen to share top tips and techniques.
Makers’ Month is also a great event for families during February half term with plenty of free hands-on activities for young people.