Overstand (Postcolonial Sampler) Exhibition 2017
Studio 73 Gallery is proud to present Overstand (Postcolonial Sampler), a two-person exhibition featuring the work of established London-based artists Jaykoe and Neil Kenlock.
Jaykoe and Kenlock have created a dynamic series of collaborative works for the exhibition, which coincides with Black History Month. Jaykoe has sampled and transposed a variety of images of life in Brixton before, during and after the 1981 riot – including original photographs taken by Neil Kenlock in the 1970s – to create a series of mixed media screen prints.
This month Neil Kenlock was a guest at the Late at Tate Britain event, inspired by the Stan Firm Inna Inglan: Black Diaspora in London, 1960-70s exhibition. The event which features various talks, workshops and artistic performances, attracted around 3000 young people.
Kenlock was interviewed on the panel, alongside photographers like James Barnor. He spoke about his experiences as black photographer during that period and the stories behind the images on display.
To find out more about his photographs at the Stan Firm Inna Inglan exhibition and Late Tate events, visit the Tate Britain website.
The Black Cultural Archives in Brixton recently hosted an exhibition in association with Sky TV, using a selection of Neil Kenlock's photos. The exhibition titled 'Guerrilla in Pictures' aimed to tell the true story of the British black power movement of the 1970's. This was alongside the release of the fictional television drama Guerrilla set in that era. However, the drama was only inspired by the movement and was not a true story.
Unlike in the television series, the British Black Panthers were a non-violent group, who encouraged black people to learn about their history and stand against racism,...
As part of the BBC's Black and British season, Neil Kenlock was featured in a four part series titled A Forgotten History. The programme was presented by historian David Olusoga, who researched untold stories about the lives of people whose ancestors came from Africa and contributed to British history.
Kenlock is featured in the forth episode alongside three people who he took photos of in the 1960s, who reflect on their experiences and each photo captured a key moment in their lives.
Black and British: A Forgotten History aired on 9th November 2017.
Neil Kenlock's work in photography, publishing and radio was noted in a recent BBC iWonder list of black British "pioneers and trailblazers" who have helped shaped their "societies and cultures". The list included inspirational people such as prose writer Ignatius Sancho, Professor Stuart Hall and blues singer Joan Armatrading.
To view the full list visit the BBC iWonder website.
London's National Portrait Gallery held an 'In Conversation' with Neil Kenlock event, hosted by broadcaster and journalist Brenda Emmanus. The thought provoking conversation ranged from his career as a young photographer working at the West Indian World Newspaper to his more recent work. The audience also got a rare opportunity to view some of his exclusive images, including portraits of Lambeth campaigner Olive Morris and international musician Bob Marley.
Neil Kenlock's photo from the V&A catalogue, will be featured in the Making & Unmaking exhibition this summer. The exhibition is curated by celebrated fashion designer and curator Duro Olowu and is the latest in the series of artist-selected shows. Bringing together over sixty international artists working in diverse media, this exhibition places antique West African textiles and Bauhaus tapestries amongst contemporary works and new commissions.
Open until: 19 June - 18 September 2016
Address: Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG
Neil Kenlock's photo of David Thomas Pitt, Baron Pitt of Hampstead taken in 1976, has been selected for the Creative Connections and Camden’s Radical Characters project at the National Portrait Gallery.
Open until: 11th October 2015
Address: National Portrait Gallery, London
Website: Creative Connections: Camden Radical Characters
Neil Kenlock, photographer and media professional will be speaking about Root Magazine – a modern publication targeted at the black British community, which he co-founded in 1979.
Talk date: April 30th 2015 at 2pm
Address: Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, SE1 9PH
Website: Jamaica Hidden Histories Exhibition
BBC reports: 'A new exhibition featuring work by black photographers and drawn from the Victoria and Albert's collection has opened at two venues - both at the V&A itself and at the Black Cultural Archive in Brixton. The pictures document the experience of black people in Britain from the end of World War Two through to the 1990s.
Jamaican-born photographer Neil Kenlock contributed to the show, entitled Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s - 1990s, and spoke to the BBC about the images of hope, conflict, struggle - and the anticipation of a better life in the UK.'