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The V&A has Staying Power

Date Posted: 06/01/2015

Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition Staying Power will showcase a variety of photographic responses to the black British experience from the 1950s to the 1990s.

The spring exhibition will display over 50 recently acquired photographs that explore the experiences of black people in Britain in the latter half of the 20th century, enhanced by excerpts from oral histories gathered by Black Cultural Archives. 

On display will be intimate portrayals of British-Caribbean life in London in the 1960s to70s by Neil Kenlock, Armet Francis, Dennis Morris and Charlie Phillips.

Music, style and fashion are documented in Raphael Albert's depictions of the black beauty pageants he organised from the 1960s to the 1980s to help celebrate the growing black community in Britain and Norman 'Normski' Anderson's colourful depictions of vibrant youth culture of the 1980s and 90s.

To coincide with the display at the V&A, Black Cultural Archives will also present an exhibition drawn from the V&A's Staying Power collection at their heritage centre in Brixton from 15th January to 30th June.

Groups can see the Staying Power exhibition at the V&A from 16th February to 24th May.

For more information on current and coming V&A exhibitions visit

Pictured: Al Vandenberg, 'High Street Kensington' from the series 'On a Good Day'. Photo credit: The Estate of Al Vandenberg / Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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