UNDEREXPOSED ARTS was founded in 2008 by actor Fraser James and visual artist Franklyn Rodgers, to address the perceived lack of positive black role models in UK contemporary society.
UA’s artistic intervention launched in 2008 at the National Portrait Gallery, as a three-screen LCD installation featuring 30 portraits of actors from the black British diaspora. Each portrait grounded by ‘Gems Of Knowledge’, inspirational words of wisdom offered by each actor.
National Portrait Gallery Exhibition
‘The Next Gen’ and second iteration builds on the legacy of the work with a collection of unique and impactful portraits.
The work celebrates the eclectic and dynamic range of those whose talent and skills contribute to positive notions of activism around cultural identity, representation and the ability to affect change. Continuing the theme and impact of the ‘Gems of Knowledge’ inspiring a new generation.
Along with this new series of portraits, Underexposed Arts continues its work within education. Bringing inspiration directly to the heart of schools, colleges and community hubs through educational programmes, which exist to help young people generate ideas, apply their knowledge to new circumstances and give them the courage to expand the capacity of their full potential.
We also work with corporate partners to explore and expand how ‘diversity’ and positive role models can be seen as a value.