JAMAICA HIDDEN HISTORIES
6 MARCH – 17 MAY 2015
OXO TOWER WHARF
BARGEHOUSE STREET, SOUTH BANK
LONDON SE1 9PH
11AM-6PM, 7 DAYS A WEEK
A B O U T
Full Spectrum Productions presents the Jamaica Hidden Histories exhibition at gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
This is the culmination of a two-year project to uncover and showcase cultural and historical links between Britain and Jamaica. Departing from Oliver Cromwell’s taking of the island in 1655, and navigating its way through 1962 independence and into the present day, the display charts Jamaican influence on British culture and its economy.
A programme of events runs adjacent to the exhibition, and includes a diverse selection of artist talks, screenings and traditional crafts workshops.
CELEBRATING JAMAICAN MOTHERS
Sun 15 March / 2pm / Free*
As part of the annual Mother's Day celebration, join us in discussion on the important role of Jamaican mothers from the 1950’s to present day in Britain.
ASK THE ARCHIVIST WITH CHARLIE PHILLIPS
Sat 21 March / 2pm / Free*
You are encouraged to bring in your own Jamaican artefacts including: postcards, letters, photographs, textiles and business archives. Items will be reviewed by experts and may be selected to feature in future exhibitions.
SCHOOL GUIDED TOUR AND PRESENTATION BY YEAR 12 STUDENTS
Thur 19 March / 11am / Free*
A guided tour and a talk by Haverstock School students about how they created the pirates and buccaneers hand painted skirts on display.
BLACK RIVER CHOCOLATE TALK
Sun 29 March / 2pm / Free*
In a continuation of exhibition theme 'Business Language and Marketing', hear the story of Jamaica's first own luxury chocolate brand made with 100% of Jamaica's finest cocoa beans.
Hear the Director herself, Marvia Borrell, about how she created her unique brand. Black River Chocolate will be available for purchase at the gallery from the 29th March.
FAMILY GALLERY TOUR
Fri 10 April / 2-3pm / Free* /Age 10+
Explore the exhibition with a guided tour from one of the Jamaica Hidden History team.
CHILDRENS’ JAMAICAN CRAFT
Sun 12 April / 2-3.30pm / Age 11+
£5.00 towards the cost of materials
Create your own kites and greeting cards inspired by themes from the exhibition.
LORNA HOLDER: WORKING IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY 1980s – 90s
Tue 28 April / 2pm / Free*
A talk by Jamaican-born designer, Lorna Holder. Lorna created designs for major chain stores such as Littlewoods, Etam, Berkertex and Lady at Lord John.
She designed the Justine, young fashion, range for the Littlewoods catalogue and created one of the first celebrity fashion endorsements in a main stream catalogue for the Olympian swimmer Sharon Davies. She was Head of Young Fashion at Davies & Field from 1979-1986, in Shoreditch.
TALK BY CHARLIE PHILLIPS
Thu 30 April / 11am / Free*
Urban photographer and archivist, Charlie Phillips, will discuss his archive of Jamaican photography. A selection of his photography will be on display at the exhibition.
TALK BY NEIL KENLOCK: THE STORY OF ROOT MAGAZINE
Thur 30 April / 2pm / Free*
Neil Kenlock, photographer and media professional, speaks about Root Magazine – a modern publication targeted at the black British community, which he co-founded in 1979.
TALK ON THE PHOTOGRAPHER, SIR HJ.H. JOHNSTON
Tues 5 May / 2pm / Free*
An opportunity to discover the stories behind selected prints from the rarely seen photographic archive of Sir H.H. Johnston (1858-1927). The talk will be led by Dr, David Lambert, reader on Caribbean History, Warwick University. Johnston captured everyday life in Jamaica at the turn of the 20th century; his scenes of people in rural settings depict a vivid and accurate record of a lifestyle that has changed radically over the past 100 years.
Prints of his iconic black & white images will be on sale in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
JAMAICA – THE NEXT GENERATION
Sat 16 May / 2 - 5pm / Free*
What’s next for people of Jamaican heritage in the UK?
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F U T U R E E V E N T S
In continuation of the project, there will be an exhibition entitled ‘Independence, Identity & Belonging’ at the Drum in Birmingham, June-July 2015 and ‘Sugar Was King’, Sept-Nov 2015 at the New Art Exchange, Nottingham.