Conference: (re:)Thinking the Street - Tata Britain
Oct
23
Oct 24

Conference: (re:)Thinking the Street - Tata Britain

  • Tate Britain

Urban Encounters is pleased to announce its eighth annual conference focusing on street-based urban photographic practices. As part of a wider programme of events around London exploring critical ideas addressing how ‘the street’ might be experienced, imagined, represented, performed and archived; Urban Encounters hosts a number of international artists, photographers, urbanists and academics concerned with theorizing, researching and creating visual work around street spaces. 

The conference panels re-examine what is traditionally understood by the genre of ‘street photography’, an increasingly popular but also highly contentious and at times, problematic set of practices. Speakers discuss issues relating to aesthetics; the politics and ethics of street-work; notions of locality and flow; performativity, mediation and the disruption of ‘authenticity’.

This year’s conference opens on Friday 23 October, 18.30–20.00 with a keynote address by London based artist Rut Blees Luxemburg, whose large-scale photographic works explore the public spaces of the city. The keynote event is followed by a drinks reception to celebrate the opening of this year’s Urban Photo Fest. The keynote on Saturday 24 October is given by internationally acclaimed sociologist Saskia Sassen. Further speakers include Mitra TabrizianJulia Schulz-DornburgVanley Burke  and Charlie Phillips.  The second day of the conference also includes a series of breakout seminars designed to encourage audience participation within research, theory and visual practice, which aim to build upon the conference presentations and audience discussions. Only one seminar can be selected. Please book for the whole conference by following the link on your chosen seminar. 

Urban Encounters is part of the five day Urban Photo Fest programme supported by Openvisor, the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, Kingston University and Photofusion

The conversation that Vanley Burke is participating in will take place at the Clore Auditorium at Tate Britain from 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm on Saturday 24th October 2015.

How to book

To book for this conference, a second day seminar must be selected. Please choose from the list of four seminars on (re:)Thinking the Street. Purchasing a ticket will include a whole conference ticket and a seminar of choice.

Artist’s Talk – Vanley Burke in Conversation with Soweto Kinch
Sep
10
6:30 pm18:30

Artist’s Talk – Vanley Burke in Conversation with Soweto Kinch

  • Ikon Gallery

Free, suggested donation £2

Join photographer Vanley Burke as he discusses his life and work with musician Soweto Kinch, and in particular the inspiration behind the current exhibition At Home with Vanley Burke.

Places are free but should be booked online or by calling Ikon on 0121 248 0708. Please note that online bookings close at 5pm on Thursday 10 September.

Poetry Evening with Vanley Burke
Aug
21
6:30 pm18:30

Poetry Evening with Vanley Burke

  • Ikon Gallery

Free, suggested donation £2 

Join Birmingham-born poet Sue Brown and English dub poet Moqapi Selassi for an evening of performance poetry exploring issues around immigration and Black British heritage.

Places are free but should be booked. Please book online or call Ikon on 0121 248 0708. Please note that online booking closes at 5pm on Friday 21 August.

Sound System Culture: Birmingham
Aug
6
Sep 7

Sound System Culture: Birmingham

  • The Drum Arts Centre

The Drum Arts Centre is proud to present Sound System Culture: Birmingham, an exhibition documenting Birmingham’s rich history of reggae sound systems, through photographs, audio recordings, archive film footage and other memorabilia. As part of the display, visitors will have an opportunity to interact with Heritage HiFi, a vintage-style sound system custom-built for the project, consisting of a record deck, amps and speaker boxes. The exhibition forms part of the Sound System Culture national tour developed by Let’s Go Yorkshire, celebrating reggae sound systems in key cities throughout the UK. 

For more information: soundsystemculturetour@gmail.com

At Home with Vanley Burke
Jul
22
Sep 27

At Home with Vanley Burke

  • Ikon Gallery

Born in Jamaica in 1951, artist Vanley Burke has lived in Birmingham since 1965 and is renowned as a photographer concerned especially with black culture in Britain. This summer the entire contents of his flat in Nechells, north-east Birmingham, will be transferred to Ikon’s first floor galleries. A vast archive of posters, books, clothes, records, ornaments and countless other items, it provides an invaluable insight into Birmingham’s African Caribbean communities.

WORK, REST AND PLAY: BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY FROM 1960S TO TODAY
May
9
Jul 12

WORK, REST AND PLAY: BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHY FROM 1960S TO TODAY

  • OCT Loft

This is the first touring exhibition in China devoted to British photography. It explores the diversity of fifty years of British Photography, revealing the quirks of a national character and the traditions which fed into its everyday life.

Work, Rest and Play features some of the most significant photographers of the time, including Vanley Burke, Shirley Baker, Cecil Beaton, Terence Donovan, John Hinde, Tony Ray Jones, Martin Parr, Tim Walker, Tom Wood and Catherine Yass.

This exhibition has been organised in collaboration with The Pin Projects and has been produced with the support of the British Council as part of the China/Britain Year of Culture.

Image courtesy of The Photographers' Gallery © The Pin Projects

Image courtesy of The Photographers' Gallery © The Pin Projects

Watchers, Keepers, Seekers: Images of Diaspora from Black Britain
Apr
30
May 30

Watchers, Keepers, Seekers: Images of Diaspora from Black Britain

  • BAND Gallery

In the more than 50 years since he first picked up a camera, Vanley Burke’s iconic images of 1970s black Britain have become so ubiquitous that they often replace the memories of those who were there and become the archetype for those who were not. The turbulent 80s cannot be pictured without Burke’s images in John Akomfrah’s seminal 1986 film, Handsworth Songs, or his 1983 photograph of the Siffa sound system in action, coming to mind. Burke’s work has an afterlife—circulating the Internet, illustrating essays—referenced time and time again, but not always attributed.

This exhibition, his first in Canada, brings together images from four bodies of work to reflect on Burke’s engagement with the African diaspora. Watchers, Seekers, Keepers refers to his observations as an artist and those of his subjects and viewers. The seekers are at once those that he depicts and a wider reflection on the aspirations of all who know the condition of diaspora. The exhibition is also an opportunity to think about legacy. After decades of dedicated work, Burke knows instinctively that memories are vital—it is within and through them that history is told and understood. 

Co-presented with BAND and The Room Next to Mine

Curated by Marlene Smith