Eddie Chambers was born in Wolverhampton in 1960. Since the early 1980s he has been involved in organising and curating a number of artists' exhibitions in the United Kingdom. These exhibitions began with Black Art an' done at Wolverhampton Art Gallery in 1981. In addition to his exhibition work, he has written a number of articles and catalogue essays about artists in the United Kingdom and further afield. These have been published widely in magazines and journals. He is a regular contributor to Art Monthly and a collection of his articles and essays, titled 'Run Through the Jungle' was published by the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA) in February 1999.
In 1989 Eddie Chambers established the African and Asian Visual Artists' Archive (AAVAA). This was at the time the only dedicated research and reference facility in the country exclusively concerned with documenting the history, presence and work of British-based Black artists. He co-ordinated AAVAA for several years, until the autumn of 1992.
Over the past decade and a half his exhibitions have included Black People and the British Flag, Eugene Palmer, Frank Bowling: Bowling on through the Century and Tam Joseph: This is History. His most recent curatorial projects have included exhibitions by Avtarjeet Dhanjal, Denzil Forrester, Medina Hammad and Anthony Key.
In March 1998 he was awarded his PhD in History of Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He took as his subject Black Visual Arts Activity in England Between 1981 and 1986: Press and Public Responses.
Eddie Chambers is a Visiting Professor, History of Art, at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, where he teaching courses on the visual arts of the African diaspora. He is Research Fellow in Curating at London Metropolitan University and Writer-in-Residence at Spike Island, Bristol.
Contributions by Eddie Chambers
The recording and documenting of historical events has long been a concern for artists. Within this...