How did you first meet Donald Rodney?

Eddie Chambers
I first met Donald through Keith Piper, when they were both students at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham. This must have been late in 1981. From the start, Donald had a very lively and exuberant personality.

What would Donald Rodney have thought about having his archives devoted to Tate?

Eddie Chambers
What was Donald Rodney’s involvement in the Black Art movement of the 1980s?

Eddie Chambers
Was there a Black Art movement of the 1980s? Donald took part in several exhibitions of young Black artists’ work that took place between 1982 and 1984. Subsequently, he exhibited in a range of exhibitions throughout the rest of that decade. During this time, one of his most important exhibitions took place at The Black-Art Gallery in north London.

What key themes underpin Donald Rodney’s work?

Eddie Chambers
The nature and the experience of Blackness.

How do you feel about Black History Month?

Eddie Chambers
It’s problematic.