." We come together to create something beautiful...out of love"
Originating from Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo ) the name perfectly describes the ethos that inspired the founding of Salongo, to create contemporary art, designs and accessories of African origin that are a fusion of African, Caribbean, and Western art, craft, and style influences. Inspired by this legacy, SalongoArts' products for interiors are in honour of our rich and shared ancestry of design and innovation.
Unique and uplifting, the exclusive 2D & 3D sculptural ceramics are created using traditional handbuilding techniques and various clay bodies: porcelain, white stoneware and red and black earthenware.
Together with the constructed cloth panels of wax print African designs,
framed images and cards, they form the heart of SalongoArts' exclusive collections - designed to enhance your home and engage your spirit.
SalongoArts was selected for London 2012 Cultural Olympiad "Great British Business Embassy" Lancaster House, guest artist at CRONEM 2006 - 2012, and from the outset has exhibited nationally and featured in various publicatiions.
Munirah Olton, creator, curator and design director....
After a career in fashion and lifestyle, managing concessions in Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser amongst others, a maiden voyage to Barbados - my homeland - was the catalyst for a permanent move to London and a life of visual art and design.
Beginning with Adult Education classes in Art, Jewellery and Sculpture and taking a break after a BA Hons in Art for Community (Ceramics) I formed SalongoArts to create and exhibit work that represented a shared African, Caribbean and Western cultural heritage
A qualified Art Tutor and professional artist, specialising in handbuilt ceramics and constructed wax print cloth panels, I deliver classes and courses in colleges, schools, privately and in the community.
Previously a director of the former Brixton Art Gallery
I am now an independent curator, producing events and exhibitions, showcasing the work of African and Caribbean, artists and designers.
Over the years, through collaborating with exciting artists, designers, teachers and learners of all ages - in the spirit of Salongo - we have come together and created beauty.