Evocative images taken by renowned photographer Vanley Burke will join archival material from his personal collection, in a new exhibition at Soho House in Handsworth, taking visitors on a journey through the artist’s history and the Black British experience.

As one of the UK’s leading Black artists of the commonwealth generation, this exhibition focuses on Vanley Burke’s journey to illustrate a wider, connected history of Black British experiences using the communities of Birmingham as a lens.

The artist has focused on re-examining his personal collection after he lost a number of archival materials to a house fire. The fire served as a turning point for his practice and this exhibition questions what it means to put these objects into a curatorial and historical context, gathering our past to pave the way for our future.

Free entry to the exhibition only.  To enter Soho House museum for a guided tour, normal admission charges apply.

Images © Vanley Burke.

Curated by Birmingham Museums Trust, Vanley Burke, Candice Nembhard and Paul Goodwin. 

Blood & Fire: Our Journey Through Vanley Burke's History is presented by the Birmingham 2022 Festival and generously supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Birmingham 2022 Festival Commonwealth Games (logo)     Lottery Funded. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.