Zita Holbourne

Zita Holbourne is a multi-award winning multidisciplinary artist creating work as a visual artist, poet, writer, vocalist and curator.

She is also a community activist, trade union leader and human rights / equality campaigner.

Her arts practice and campaigning work are interconnected with a focus on equality, freedom justice, human and civil rights, culture, roots, identity and black history.

Zita has exhibited her art, read poetry and spoken globally.

She is the author of the book of poetry, Striving for Equality Freedom and Justice which she also illustrated.

She is one of 17 British women featured in the award winning book Here We Stand Women Changing the World and a contributor to New Daughters of Africa. She has contributed to over 40 books.

She curated the Roots Culture Identity art exhibition 2013 to 2023.

She is part of the UNESCO Coalition of Artists for the General History of Africa.

Recent art commissions include The World Reimagined globe sculpture, Deaths by Welfare Timeline and Windrush 75.

Zita is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Awards she has won include National Diversity Awards positive role model for race, Legacy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award for Equality Champion, BLAC Awards Honours of Distinction for Community Achievement, Jessica Kingsley Writers Prize.


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