In 2018, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the Kenlock Archive a grant to do the Expectations Project, which aimed to increase public access to Neil's photographs of black British community leaders in the 1960s and 1970s. The project was managed by creative director and curator Emelia Kenlock, who produced a touring exhibition and other activities noted below. Three years later the project is still having a huge impact on communities across the UK and beyond. Thank you to all the National Lottery player to helped make the project possible!
Project activities that have an impact on communities:
Neil Kenlock’s HLF Expectations Project launched in spring 2018, showcasing a selection of his photographs that focused on black British leadership in the 1960s and 1970s. The key project activities were delivered by March 2019, which included a touring exhibition, website launch and a series of publications. The project was very well received by both the black community, the media and the arts industry.
The next stage of the project is the legacy phase, which is just as or perhaps even more important than the delivery stage. Often projects are completed and they become distant memories...
This summer Neil Kenlock will be officially launching his ‘Expectations’ book
The final element of his successful Heritage Lottery Fund Expectations project has now been completed in the form of a book. The 2019 publication features some of Neil Kenlock’s most striking images from the Expectations exhibition at the Black Cultural Archives, Islington Central Library, plus much more!
To find out more about his book, please visit the Expectations Project website here.
The Black Cultural Archives will host Neil Kenlock's exhibition 'Expectations: The Untold Story of Black British Community Leaders in the 1960s and 1970s'. Funded by a grant of £79,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the exhibition has been curated by acclaimed photographer Neil Kenlock and his daughter Emelia Kenlock.
Situated in the heart of Brixton, Lambeth and created to raise awareness of untold stories from Black British culture, as well as give access to younger generations and spark discussion, ‘Expectations’ will be a 'live...
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.