Lakeside Arts
Part of University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts
Event Detail

Crowns: an exhibition celebrating hair and head coverings

Monday 17 October - Sunday 01 January
Pavilion Café

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Admission Free
Open Monday-Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am- 5pm

Our crown, whether adorned with hair, head covering, or neither, is an integral and obviously visual part of our identity.

The School of Pharmacy and Faculty of Engineering commissioned two student photographers, Bersun Kılınç and Saifullah Muhammad, to develop the Crowns exhibition which champions the rights of staff and students to wear their natural hairstyles and head coverings. It seeks to raise awareness of racial and religious discrimination, whilst celebrating the hair and head coverings of our Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority and diverse religious communities. 


The exhibition will then continue throughout the festival and will remain at Lakeside thereafter.

Photographer bios (click to expand)

Bersun Kılınç

Bersun is a final year undergraduate student at the University of Nottingham. Photography is her passion, a practice in which she expresses herself through her lens. Crowns was an eye-opening experience allowing her to play a role in raising awareness, as well as emphasizing diversity in self-expression.

To see more of Bersun’s work on Instagram visit @someordinariness

Saifullah Muhammad

Saif is a postgraduate student at the University of Nottingham, School of Education. Besides his studies, he has a wide range of interests including photography, languages, music, traditional and digital art. The Crowns project holds a special place in his heart, as it is not only his first exhibition but also helped him appreciate the importance of being able to embrace yourself and express your own unique identity.

To see more of Saif’s work on Instagram visit @emdeesaif