LIFE CLASS Pas­sion­ate por­traits that re­call a Zim­bab­wean child­hood

Kudzanai-Vi­o­let Hwami’s colour­ful can­vases ex­plore her African up­bring­ing

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Chil­dren will be en­chanted this Oc­to­ber with the Dorch­ester’s Sleep­ing Beauty af­ter­noon tea, when dancers from the English Na­tional Bal­let School plié and pirou­ette among them. They can feast on freshly baked scones and ex­quis­ite cakes while hav­ing their face painted and watch­ing a per­for­mance of the mag­i­cal tale. From 23 to 27 Oc­to­ber. For reser­va­tions, email restau­rants.tdl@dorch­ester­col­lec­, or ring 020 7629 8888.

Mem­o­ries lie at the heart of KudzanaiVi­o­let Hwami’s bold large-scale paint­ings. For her first solo show at Maryle­bone’s Ty­burn Gallery, she be­gan by search­ing through old fam­ily photographs – taken both in the 1980s and dur­ing her child­hood in 1990s Zim­babwe – and used them to cre­ate ir­rev­er­ent reflections of African life. With ti­tles such as ‘Ego in Red Socks’ or ‘AN ODE TO A LOVER: the gift for your fool­ish­ness is my si­lence’, her oil and acrylic works tell a semi­au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal story in what be­came a per­sonal quest of iden­tity. HL ‘Kudzanai-Vi­o­let Hwami: If You Keep Go­ing South You’ ll Meet Your­self ’ is at Ty­burn Gallery, 26 Bar­rett Street, Lon­don W1 (www.ty­burn, from 28 Septem­ber to 15 Novem­ber.

Above, right and be­low: art­works by Kudzanai-Vi­o­let Hwami

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