Before expanding my idea, I decided to research into both of these events to ensure that something like this hasn't already been done. I initially looked into the themes and aspects that they covered which are listed below.
Black History Month
- The Black victorians
- Black women and the NHS
- Young Caribbean migrants - growing up in the UK
- African London
- Black British Swing: Caribbean Contribution to British Jazz in the 1930s and 1940s
- The Self Help Movement
- How Black Soldiers Helped Britain In First World War
International women's day
The United Nations declares an annual theme for each international women's day which are listed below
- - 2013: A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women
- - 2012: Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty
- - 2011: Equal access to education, training and science and technology
- - 2010: Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all
- - 2009: Women and men united to end violence against women and girls
- - 2008: Investing in Women and Girls
- - 2007: Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls
- - 2006: Women in decision-making
- - 2005: Gender Equality Beyond 2005: Building a More Secure Future
- - 2004: Women and HIV/AIDS
- - 2003: Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals
- - 2002: Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities
- - 2001: Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts
- - 2000: Women Uniting for Peace
- - 1999: World Free of Violence against Women
- - 1998: Women and Human Rights
- - 1997: Women at the Peace Table
- - 1996: Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future
- - 1975: United Nations recognizes International Women's Day
From the listed themes there are no specific themes that are directly aimed at black british women, so with this in mind I decided to build some concepts.
I created a brainstorm of the possible idea's I could include within the exhibition. With a focus on themes such as background, target audience, tone of voice and location
Location: I decided to set my exhibition in manchester as a initial starting point due to living in that area and having a lot on contact with the locals. This is a initial idea that could branch out across the UK, if the project is developed further.
Target audience: The exhibition would be targeted at women between the ages of 16 - 50 with an interest in their culture and background.
I then started to build up some concept names for the exhibition, which is displayed in the brainstorm below.
Out of all the names I deiced to choose ' women who wear black, lead the most colourful lives' although it's quite lengthy I felt that it was really catchy and could be abbreviated if needed.
After I established a concept I decided to start researching into exciting types of design that could influence my exhibition work.