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Stonebridge artist to showcase her work at free exhibition in Trafalgar Square

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 August 2015 | UPDATED: 14:21 10 August 2015

Lucy Namayanja from Stonebridge is exhibiting her work at the Ugandan High Commission

Lucy Namayanja from Stonebridge is exhibiting her work at the Ugandan High Commission

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A Stonebridge based artist is to see her work exhibited in a free special exhibition in Trafalgar Square.

Lucy Namayanja, who lives in Stonebridge Park, is exhibiting her life in the Ugandan High Commission from September 18 for two weeks.

She said: “The art comes from my childhood, growing up with my alcoholic mother. It looks at life and death, addictions and disease, the human mind, how we are, who we are.”

The 32-year-old mother of two was born in the turbulent post-Amin Uganda.

She lost her 15-year-old brother to a brain tumour, which turned her world upside down and then lost a three-month old sister to cot death.

“I went through depression, drinking, partying. It was good for me and bad for me, it helped me deal with the pain.”

She moved to Brent six years ago after much of her adult years on the move between Uganda and Britain, with a year spent in Singapore.

“I left Uganda at 19, longing to see the diverse world abroad, travelling to different countries in and beyond Africa. Making sense of colour, whether we are black or white, are we the same?

I lived in Kilburn for two years when I first got here. Brent is my home aswell.”

Her contemporary abstract art is a ‘holistic’ project that takes in her past and her present, her thoughts on religion, where she spent time going to different churches to see what they offered.

“It tackles everything,” she said. “My art will be like that all the way, the same feelings that follow me everywhere.”

The exhibition shall take place at the Ugandan High Commission, Uganda House, 58-59 Trafalgar Square from September 18-October 1, 12-6pm Monday to Friday.

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