Third World Within – AfroAsian Artists In Britain

This exhibition was curated by Rasheed Araeen, one of the founding fathers of the Black Art movement in this country.  A few years later he was finally given the opportunity to put together his definitive exhibition, The Other Story, at the Hayward Gallery.  Most of the artists in Third World Within were included in that exhibition.

I liaised with Rasheed on behalf of the Collective to help stage the show and, remembering how pleased he had been at the time to be offered space in Brixton, was surprised and disappointed to find that there was absolutely no mention of the Gallery or Third World Within in the catalogue essays in The Other Story – an ironic gesture, coming from someone who had talked so much about the iniquity of the establishment writing a history that specifically excludes certain people and events.

In Rasheed’s impressive retrospective exhibition curated by Nick Aikens and staged at the Baltic Centre in 2019, Brixton Art Gallery’s Third World Within exhibition finally received its due acknowledgement as being the precursor to The Other Story. A copy of the catalogue was displayed in the show and reference was made in Kate Fowle’s catalogue essay (page 298).


Artists in show:
Rasheed Araeen, Saleem Arif, David A Bailey, Sutapa Biswas, Avtarjeet Dhanjal, Uzo Egonu, Mona Hatoum, Merdelle J-Irving, Gavin Jantjes, Houria Niati, Keith Piper, Kumiko Shimizu

Brixton Artists Collective
Brixton Festival Exhibition
Christina Berry, Angela Williams & New Local Artists
Rob Evans, Jorge Walsh & Derek Stockley
Clay, Wood & Metal - Exhibition By Artists & Craftspeople
3rd Open Show + Glc Peace Posters By Peter Kennard
Work By Gay Men & Women
Kumiko Shimizu & Terry Dyer + The Art Of Immediacy + Polish Posters
Womens Work
Brixton Festival Photographs + Art & Crafts Market
1984 Show
Textiles - Making & Meaning
Tony Moo Young Paintings + Jamie Reid - Leaving The 20th Century
Multiples - Photography, Xerox & Edition-Based Media
Brixton Baroque
Fertile Eye - Womens Work 2
Brixton Festival Exhibition
Creation For Liberation - 2nd Open Exhibition By Black Artists
Made In London - Sculpture Show
Newcomers - Open Exhibition
Vive Le Resistance - Copyart Exhibition
Our Territory - Womens Work 3
Brixton Artists Collective Annual Members Show
No Comment - 2nd Lesbian & Gay Show
Rosemarie Mcgoldrick, Geraldine Walsh, Roxane Permar & Susan Egan
Seeing Diversity - 40 Contemporary Photographers
Janet Flynn, Sue Jane Taylor, Shanti Thomas & Tony Phillips
Open Exhibiton In Support Of The NUM + The Vauxhall Group
Roadworks Plus Kasia Januszko, Marc Elms & John Hewitt
Mirror Reflecting Darkly - Black Womens Art - Womens Work 4
Latin American Arts Exhibition
Two Photographers - Newton Brown & Anna Arnone + The Other Ireland
Series One - Group Exhibition
Love, Sex & Romance - Womens Work 5
Campaign Against Plastic Bullets
Brixton Artists Collective Annual Members Show
Monti Wa Marumo - South African Arts And Artists
Hi Tech & Ancient Mythology - Richard Ducker, Piyawan & Rosie Leventon
The Black Experience - 10 Black Photographers
Third World Within - Afroasian Artists In Britain - Curated By Rasheed Araeen
Last Requests - Film, Video & Tape/Slide Installation
Zamani Soweto Sisters - Textile Art
Against All The Odds - Lesbian & Gay Men Exhibition
Tangled Roots - Mirror Reflecting Darkly 2 - Black Womens Artists
Bigos - Anglo-Polish Artists Group
Caribbean Focus
Realising Power - Womens Work 7
Series Two - Group Exhibition
Brixton Artists Collective Annual Members Show