We are thrilled to present the winners of the Visible Artist Award 2023. Read on to find out more about them and their inspirations...

VISIBLE winner



'And the Flowers Have Time For Me', is a piece in memory of LGBTQ+ Arab Activist Sarah Hegazi.

Arrested and tortured for raising a Pride flag at a concert in Cairo, Egypt. Inspired by her last words;

"The sky is more beautiful than earth, and I want the sky, not earth."

This piece aimes to create a reality for Queer Arabs - a perfect world Sarah Hegazi envisioned for us.

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In my culture, your outer appearance and demeanor reflects your family’s class, a visual indicator of how well your parents have raised you. A woman should appear gentle, feminine and pretty. Traditional views of femininity have been somewhat forced into my mind, trapping me from personal development. Is being a woman of the 20th century limited to conventions of the status quo? Upon closer inspection of what appears to be a woman emerging from a flower, there is a collage of traditional Chinese characters from a song my Mother enjoys listening to. The message behind it is to encourage one to be true to themselves. Those words have been embedded into my skin, like a mantra. I know I am more than what meets the eye of others around me. Even though those words may not be visibly imprinted on my skin, I carry the colour of those words around me every day, challenging the construct of traditional womanhood.


Sabrina Tirvengadum, a deaf British Mauritian visual artist, weaves her rich cultural heritage and personal experiences into her diverse artistic practice. Rooted in her family history in Mauritius and influenced by the impacts of colonialism, Sabrina’s art explores the intricacies of identity, relationships and the human experience. With a background in Photographic Arts from the University of Westminster and years of experience as a graphic designer, Sabrina’s artistic journey is one of continuous exploration and growth.

As a co-founder of We’re All Human, Sabrina strives to promote inclusivity in digital spaces, using her art as a powerful tool to challenge and disrupt ableist systems in both her culture and Western society. Her artwork stands as a testament to her resilience and determination, a vivid tapestry of her personal identity and the diverse stories that have shaped her life.

Sabrina’s practice is a dynamic blend of collages, digital illustrations, AI Image generatior, graphics and photography. She constantly pushes the boundaries of her artistic abilities and experiments with new techniques and mediums. She invites viewers to join her in a journey of self-discovery and reflection.


Lawrence Meju isa multi-disciplinary visual artist who employs a diverse range of materials including textured paper, upcycled paper, digital media, and paints to create intricately detailed works of art. With a commitment to experimentation, he constantly challenges the boundaries of traditional artistic techniques to introduce new dimensions into his pieces. 

In this piece, "Flower Duet," he captures the tender intimacy of two lovers as they exchange and complement parts of themselves. The artwork is a powerful representation of how individuals explore different facets of themselves through their relationships with others. While the piece portrays two lovers, Meju believes that its message extends beyond romantic love to encompass all types of human relationships. 

Throughout the creation of this piece, Meju focused on simplifying the human form in a playful manner and blending colors in a way that enhances the overall emotional impact of the piece. His work explores conversations satirizing some narratives, social profiling, and also creating unimagined worlds. This artwork is from a larger body of work “Extranormal Portraits” which has much to down with breaking down the human form and elevating its simple, pure forms as well as portraying subjects in surreal, intimate, and meditative spaces.


My painting is about people in the city being trapped by work culture and mass culture. I painted 'Where is my mind' after having spent a few years working on the top floor of a skyscraper in Los Angeles. The setting was corporate and I found ‘work life’ to be all-consuming sometimes - you’re stuck for many hours a top this tower, wanting to get out and breathe air but you’re inside and surrounded by a work energy that can feel suffocating - this is the way it is, the work culture and there’s seemingly no way out - and even if you could getout, then is it home to watch 'Squid Game’?... a show that’s entranced the world, partly because of its portrayal of violence. It all feels a bit wrong.



"Good old days”

There's a Yoruba saying that"people are like the flow of the river, they come and go". If we were made to do love alone there wouldn't have been many of us. We all long for the presence of a loved one, an experience, memory, or feeling.

For as long as I could remember I struggle to show emotions around people. Lately, I find myself recalling moments of listening to Baba Tomolasho's journey to the great hub of Japan and his escapades as a legal consultant in Nigeria when he retells every story in fluent English and pronunciations. These memories lead me to a moment of awareness and wonder if I am on the path to being remembered for a great life or one full of regrets.


The strong clash of pink and green pointed to a tangle within me. When I first tasted the green mango, it was an amazing taste experience; sour, sweet, spicy, a complex flavour that built my impression of it. And human beings are as complicated as green mangoes in my perception.

I tried to explain a disgust with myself, a hatred of my fragile and sensitive character, and the helplessness of my inability to save myself. That is why I painted the scene of murdering the mango.

As I said, humans are like green mangoes, so the mango (the victim), the hand (the murderer) and the knife (the instrument of murder) are all green, suggesting that this is an internal confrontation, a destruction within the spiritual world, a hatred of oneself and a desire to detach. It is so romantic because the man believes that there will be no more hurt from outside by abandoning that fragile self. The world turns a lovely shade of pink.


The artwork "Thoughts in the Deep" addresses the intricacies of the human mind and the enigmas of ourinner world. A lone woman is shown in the work, and her reflective stare and thoughtful face inspire the audience to reflect on the depths of their thoughts and feelings.

The figure is painted in vibrant colors on a textured cloth background to represent the variety and complexity of our inner experiences. This piece of art's usage of textiles has importance as well. Through out history, tales, emotions, and cultural customs have all been communicated via textiles.

The textured backdrop in this piece gives the artwork more depth and complexity and serves as ametaphor for the layers of intricacy that make up our inner self. The artwork emphasizes the interaction between our inner and outside worlds by placing the painted figure in opposition to the cloth.

In the end, "Thoughts in theDeep" encourages the audience to delve deeper into the secrets of the human condition, to embrace the complexity of their own inner selves, and to discover beauty in the way their ideas, feelings, and the environment around them interact.


We are Roxanne and Anna, the Filipina-British creative duo behind raya! We specialise in illustration and 2D animation, and are best known for imagining spaces through colour, pattern and hidden easter eggs. After graduating in 2019, we realised our passion for illustration and saw the opportunity to create something bigger through raya. Our interest stems from spaces and the way people inhabit them. We draw inspiration from body language and the details of our surroundings that resonate with us to portray emotion and expression. With that, a majority of our work centres around themes of self-expression, identity and community, matched with our shared interests in music and interior design.  

Our submission is a celebration of our experiences as Filipinos born in London. Despite being raised indifferent areas of the city, we both share a deep connection to our Filipino roots and have very similar experiences with language at home. Neither of us are fluent in our mother tongue (Tagalog) but we have a good understanding of the language which has had a significant impact on how we communicate with our families.

For the most part, our parents speak to us in Tagalogand we respond in English. This illustration captures how both cultures play a role in defining our identities. We’ve interpreted the theme through our use of colour and mixed media asa means to mirror the blend of Filipino heritage and British influences - from the food we eat to the entertainment we consume. Our goal was to also depict London as more than just landmarks, but a landscape of housing filled with Londoners from all walks of life. As raya bunny isa reflection of us and our brand, this illustration portrays where we come from and how it has informed our creative practise today.


My painting 'Citizen of the World' represents a striped silhouette of a man painted in acrylic on African wax mounted on canvas with some 80s style patch added for fun. I wanted to express two main points: the stripes represent all the personality facets, socio cultural backgrounds and life experiences an individual is made of so it's an invitation not to have any prejudices or preconceptions when meeting someone or 'not to judge a book by its cover'.

The second point is that humankind most probably originates from a few places in Africa (represented here by theAfrican wax as a metaphor for 'the fabric of society'), so in other word we are all One. Humans first evolved in Africa, and much of human evolution occurred on that continent. The fossils of early humans who lived between 6 and 2million years ago come entirely from Africa. All human beings come from the same place, the same few original tribes. We are all originally 'Citizen of theWorld'.


The winning artists will be exhibit their works in a dedicated exhibition at St Barnabas House in London on 6th June 2023, alongside the special charity collaborative artworks with Accumulate and The National Literacy Trust.

6th june 2023


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