Her warmth, kindness and generosity of spirit touched so many lives.
A Facebook page has been set up to enable everyone who knows Irene to share their memories and photographs of her.
Our deepest condolences to Irene's family
'Owed to I' image by Emma Barrett, words by Suzanne Castine, Hev Q and Di
Photographs courtesy of Paul Jackson
Original Listing: We just don't have the heart to take it down just yet...
Irene Mensah is a visual artist whose practice incorporates drawings, poetic text and performance. The subjective and shifting nature of memory inspires site responsive installations exploring her own heritage as a British born part Ghanaian woman, interwoven with principles drawn from the West African Vodun religion.
Recent performances include ‘Snake and Ladders’, an anarchic theatrical journey of female Black heritage, hair, and family relationships, as well as spoken word events. Mutter Matter Murmurings from the Drawing Room Table- Pitzhanger Manor-House and Gallery, Ealing, London in June 2012 will be a site responsive exhibition with visual artist Jane Fox.
Irene is a founder member of the Black History Month’s artists group ArTree, and recently presented “Work In Progress” at The Basement. As part of ‘WriteMeetRead’, a Black and Mixed Heritage women’s literary collective, she will be a contributor to their planned published anthology. As a community arts practitioner, Irene Mensah has an extremely varied background in leading and coordinating art projects. Currently a visiting part time lecturer in Community arts practice at the University of Brighton, projects range from intergenerational, oral history, training, and gallery exhibition interpretation.