The entire contents of the artist’s flat in Nechells, north-east Birmingham, goes on display at the gallery.

According to Vanley Burke – the Godfather of Black British Photography – history is part of a lived experience, and he has carefully preserved accounts of life in Britain’s African Caribbean communities through years of painstaking collecting and artistic production.

This immersive archive is situated in his own home in north-east Birmingham, filled with books, clothes, records, ornaments and hundreds of photographs that he began taking after arriving in the UK in 1965. At a time when the complex question of national identity and immigration is at the forefront of British politics, Ikon has agreed to transfer the entire contents of his flat to the gallery and celebrate this incredible resource in a public setting, with assistance from the Art Fund’s crowdfunding project Art Happens.

Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 2HS

0121 248 0708


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Valid to 31 December 2019

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