Deborah Makinde works mainly in illustration and printmaking, with a focus on her Ghanaian and Nigerian heritage and scenes and characters from her favourite films and musicals.
Deborah Makinde works mainly in illustration and printmaking, with scenes and characters from her favourite films and musicals featuring most prominently in her work. Deborah’s Ghanaian and Nigerian heritage have recently been an important focus. Deborah has close familial links with the two countries and has created new national emblems, flags and banners using her own family imagery and personal pop culture.
She also has a love of animals, and since undertaking a Venture Arts Cultural Enrichment placement in 2018 she has been volunteering regularly at Manchester Museum, demonstrating artefacts from their natural history collection to visitors. Her favourite museum object, a taxidermy badger, inspired a painting which she sold to a collector in 2019.
In late 2021 Deborah ran a clay votives workshop with Manchester Histories, exploring disability history in classical civilisation as part of Disability History Month.
In 2022 Deborah took part in Narratives, the third in our pioneering Conversations Series, in which artists from Venture Arts work alongside other contemporary artists over several months, producing new work through an equal exchange of art and ideas. Deborah’s collaborative skills were the driving force of the group’s interaction, enlisting other artists to role play in her green screen films, to act as characters both from films and her own family. The Little Mermaid and the Beaver Bar in Ghana where she has worked have been central to Narratives.This collaboration resulted in an exhibition at The Lowry in January 2023.
Deborah Makinde's exhibitions and events
- VA Collectives | Narratives 30th Nov 2023
- Conversations Series III: Narratives 26th Feb 2023
- Narratives: The Julie Party 2nd Dec 2022
- The Manchester Contemporary 2022 6th Nov 2022
- Narratives: The Julie Party 26th Feb 2022
Environments, Outside In
National Open Art Exhibition, London,2019.
PERSPECTIVES, Venture Arts
various venues in Manchester and Salford,2018.
MADE, Venture Arts Studio Show
People’s History Museum, Manchester,2015.
The Art of Nature, Venture Arts Studio Show
The Lowry, Salford Quays,2014.
VA Collectives | Narratives
Bonington Gallery, Dryden St, Nottingham, NG1 4GG.
30th Nov 2023 - 30th Nov 2023
Abundance | London
V.O Curations, 56 Conduit St, London, W1S 2YZ.
5th Dec 2023 - 10th Dec 2023
Horace Lindezey & Eamonn Canniffe: Manchester Memories
Castlefield Gallery, 2 Hewitt Street, Manchester M15 4GB.
23rd Nov 2023 - 23rd Nov 2023
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