Roots to Reckoning Exhibition

Photographs by Jamaican-born Londoners, Armet Francis, Neil Kenlock and Charlie Phillips
The Photography of Armet Francis, Neil Kenlock and Charlie Phillips runs from 1st October 2005 – 26 February 2006

Photographs by Jamaican-born Londoners, Armet Francis, Neil Kenlock and Charlie Phillips, bear witness to the story of London’s black communities from the 1960s to today.

A free exhibition of over 100 images captures a period of profound change as a new generation explored their identity as black Londoners.

See iconic events, from Black Panther demonstrations to Bob Marley’s visits to Britain. Admire portraits of international stars, such as Muhammad Ali and Peter Tosh, alongside scenes of everyday life in London, from the streets of Brixton to the pubs of Notting Hill.

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Free Events
Mixing LondonJoin this fun art workshop and help create a large collage about London from the 1960s to today. Sunday 9 October, 12.30pm-2pm & 2.30-4pm
In conversationThe photographers Armet Francis, Neil Kenlock or Charlie Phillips, in conversation with Mike Phillips Wednesday 19 October, 7.30pm
Festival on filmExplore issues of politics, community relations and civil rights with a day of films and talks focusing on the Notting Hill carnival. Sunday 20 November, 1pm-5.30pm In conjunction with 100 Black Men
Preserving historic photographsLearn about the work of the Museum’s conservators caring for a large and varied collection of historic photographs. Wednesday 9 November and 22 February, 3pm
Free lunchtime talks
Politics in black London Dr Hakim Adi, author and lecturer, Middlesex University, explores political issues affecting black communities in London. Friday 7 October, 1.10pm
Re-imagining black LondonPhotographer, writer and lecturer David A Bailey talks about black photography in London. David curated the 2005 exhibition Back to Black at the Whitechapel Art Gallery. Friday 9 December, 1.10pm
Evening talk £5/3 Black Gold of the Sun Ekow Eshun, director of the ICA and author of the autobiographical Black Gold of the Sun, on growing up as a black boy in 1970s London. Thursday 17 November, 6.30pm
Gallery tours
Armet Francis Saturday 19 November 2.30pm
Charlie Phillips Saturday 14 January 2.30pm
Neil Kenlock Saturday 18 February 2.30pm
Mike Seaborne, exhibition curator Thursday 20 October, 2.30pm Tuesday 31 January, 2.30pm
Special group tours can be arranged for 6-12 people

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