'A Thousand Words' - Curating Benji Reid's Retrospective Exhibition | Chuck Gallery


With Fareda Khan, David Tindall and Chukwudi Onwudiwe

With Fareda Khan, David Tindall and Chukwudi Onwudiwe



For those that do not know, the firm I run, Awure, invents, builds and scales businesses within UK’s BME community. One of the orginstations which we have been involved in from inception is Chuck Gallery; A traditional and contemporary African arts gallery in Manchester.

It was a delightful expereince to curate one of the Gallery’s most exciting collections so far - 'A Thousand Words' by Benji Reid. The collection is an emotive pictorial curation of the well known English adage; 'a picture is worth a thousand words'. Benji Reid has successfully created a deeply moving collection of artful images that unveil a range of emotions that we often feel but often find that our words are insufficient to express. He has found a way to tell the story of the heart - yours and mine - its joys, its pains, its moments of self-doubt and the dawn of hope.

With Peter Kalu at the launch of ‘A Thousand Words’ by Benji Reid

With Peter Kalu at the launch of ‘A Thousand Words’ by Benji Reid

Giving the opening address at the Launch of ‘A Thousand Words’

Giving the opening address at the Launch of ‘A Thousand Words’

With Benji Reid at His retrospective exhibition of ‘A Thousand Words’

With Benji Reid at His retrospective exhibition of ‘A Thousand Words’


Apart from developing strategy and operational design for the gallery, my experience of venture architecture with them has taught me three fundamental truths about art appreciation.

The first level of art appreciation is understanding the artist’s intent. The second is in unearthing the wider sociocultural commentary that the art is pointing directly or indirectly to. The third, is a depth of discovery that elevates your idea of self or evokes empathy for others.

A Thousand Words exhibits all three spectacularly, and it’s definitely worth the visit. For more information visiont www.chuckgallery.com

O.O.Kukoyi

The artful visionary of modern African ingenuity.