An online event exploring the importance of archiving Black histories within and outside of institutions.

We will be joined by Karen Carter, Director of BAND, a Canadian arts organisation and Aleema Gray, a curator, PhD candidate at Warwick university and public historian. Their conversation will be hosted and moderated by Candice Nembhard, one of the curators of ‘Blood & Fire: Our Journey Through Vanley Burke's History ’ on display at Soho House from May to October 2022.

The discussion will explore the practices, careers and experiences of all three curators with time for questions and responses from the audience.

This online event will be delivered via Zoom. Once you have signed up for the talk, a unique invite will be sent for an online Zoom webinar, along with instructions on how to log on.

The viewing is FREE but pre-booking is essential. Book tickets online - ticket sales end at 12noon on the day of the event.

About the speakers

Karen Carter is a cultural sector executive who enjoys working in creative and educational environments. She is the former Executive Director of Heritage Toronto, a City of Toronto agency responsible for the education and promotion of Toronto’s heritage and is currently the founding Executive Director of Myseum of Toronto, and co-founder of Black Artists' Networks in Dialogue (BAND) an organization that is dedicated to the promotion of Black arts and culture in Canada and abroad.

She is the founder of C-Art, a Caribbean Art Fair launched in January 2020 in Mandeville Jamaica. C-Art is a new approach to the contemporary art fair model connecting artists from the Caribbean region to the international art world. Karen’s most recent project is as co-founder of the BIPOC Fellowship to help support the development of a more diverse cultural landscape in Canada.

Aleema Gray is a Community History Curator at the Museum of London and PhD researcher at Warwick University. Her research is funded by the Yesu Persaud Centre for Caribbean Studies and uncovers a community-engaged history of the Rastafari movement in England. Aleema’s work focuses on documenting Black British history through the perspective of lived experiences. Her practice is driven by a concern for more historically contingent ways of understanding the present, especially in relation to notions of belonging, memory and contested heritage.

Candice Nembhard is a writer, artist-curator and cultural producer based between Berlin and Birmingham. They are the founder of the queer film series ALL FRUITS RIPE and organiser of the okcandice archive and forthcoming Portals archive. Candice’s multi-disciplinary practice crosses text-based works, experiments with sounds, moving image and research developments of Black and/or queer archival material. They are the curator of the Black British group show Portals (2021) and co-curator of Blood & Fire: Our Journey Through Vanley Burke's History (2022).


Image credit: 5000 miles and 70 years (detail), MAC Birmingham commission, photographic vinyl collage, 2018 ©Vanley Burke

This is event is part of a program 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.

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