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Textile art inspired by vintage photographs of African Americans – in pictures

Since 2017, New Jersey artist Bisa Butler has been creating a “quilted fabric album”: large textile portraits drawn from old black-and-white photographs; her most recent series is inspired by images of African Americans taken by the government during the second world war.

The materials she uses – kente cloths and other traditional African fabrics – nod to African American heritage, including Butler’s own as an American of Ghanaian descent.

Bristol University pays for late-night police patrols targeting noisy students

Residents near campus say university has failed to tackle students’ antisocial behaviour

The University of Bristol is paying for nighttime police patrols in areas around its campus after years of complaints from residents about loud parties and disruption caused by its growing number of students living in rented houses.

While a number of British universities already fund or subsidise police activities to safeguard students and staff, Bristol appears to be the first university to pay for police to protect residents from students.

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