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Opal22 Arts and Edutainment is a not-for-profit organisation. All of the money earned by or donated to us is used in pursuing the organisation’s objectives and keeping it running.

Project Overview:

In 2009 a set of five paintings were discovered in the art stores of Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, by a trainee curator.  These paintings had been discarded after being used for restoration training and were in a very distressed state. This curator saw something fascinating within the paintings and decided to do some research to find out more about the paintings. She found that these were the first form of racial classification ever found. This curator was me, Tara Munroe now the founder of Opal22 Arts and Edutainment. It has taken me over ten years to finally be able to tell the stories of these amazing paintings.
Opal22 will be creating a collection of events/experiences that will help you to understand the context of these paintings and how the colonial ideals around race and identity were created and the effects they have on today’s current society. The paintings will be going through a complete restoration process, so we can showcase them in a full exhibition to be shown at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery in 2023. The whole process will also be developed into a documentary to benefit all in the future.

To do this we still need to create extra funding and we are asking all of you to help us to do that.

upcoming events

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Before I was a bitch I was a Donkey - Comedy Arse

Coming soon

Portrait on the Park

Coming soon

Let's Talk Identity - in partnership with De Montfort uni

Coming soon

Hashtag Casta - paintings will be distributed across the town centre

Coming soon

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