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Nail Art Workshop with Kione Grandison


Oct 29, 2022 - Oct 29, 2022


Migration Museum,
Migration Museum, Lewisham Shopping Centre,
London SE13 7HB


Saturday 29 October 2022
£10 – book via Eventbrite

Join artist Kione Grandison for a nail art workshop and create your own unique set of press-on nails inspired by cultural references:

“My nail art designs take inspiration from everything from Native American and African beadwork designs, to clothing prints, hand-painted tiles, and colours and patterns that I see in day-to-day life.

In this workshop, you’ll learn a bit about my nail art and artistic practice, how the two intersect, and how I go about using reference points to create unique and personal nail art designs.

Similarly to hairstyling, which I also explore in my art practice, nail art can be political and act as a radical form of self expression, worn at your fingertips. This workshop will explore some of the cultural history of nail adornment, before allowing you to learn some techniques, plan a nail design around a reference image provided and paint your own unique set of press-on nails.”

All materials will be provided – and there is no need for participants to have their nails prepped in any way.

This workshop is open to all – no prior experience necessary – but is recommended for ages 13+.

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About Kione Grandison

As a London-based artist with Jamaican, German and British heritage, my background influences my cross-cultural art practice. The work that I make spans across different art forms such as painting, mixed media collage, hand painted clothing, and nail art.

I explore themes around the Black beauty industry, Jamaican music and dancehall culture, as well as traditional African adornment practices and symbols of ‘beautification’ – such as the hair comb.

Ethnography – the study of culture – is key to my work, and I explore references dating back to ancient African and Egyptian mythology and symbolism.

The historical and cultural practices of the Black hair and the beauty industry are of significant interest to me, as they interact with my lived experience. Allowing me to self-explore and question the politics of beauty imagery, from both past and present.

Alongside my fine art, I am also a nail artist. Nail art has a similar power of self-expression to hair styling, particularly within the African and Caribbean diaspora.

My work is currently on display at the Migration Museum.

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