Blood & Fire: Our Journey Through Vanley Burke’s History

Thursday - Saturday from 1 June - 4 November 2023

Images taken by renowned photographer Vanley Burke join archival material from his personal collection, taking visitors on a journey through the artist’s history and the Black British experience.


As one of the UK’s leading Black artists of the commonwealth generation, this exhibition focuses on Vanley Burke’s journey to illustrate a wider, connected history of Black British experiences using the communities of Birmingham as a lens.

The artist has re-examined his personal collection after he lost a number of archival materials to a house fire. The fire served as a turning point for his art practice and this exhibition questions what it means to put these objects into a curatorial and historical context, gathering our past to pave the way for our future.

  • Exhibition open Thursday – Saturday, 11am-4pm, until 4 Nov 2023.
  • Free entry. No booking required. Donations are welcomed. You can donate when you visit or online.
  • The exhibition is located in the visitor centre at Soho House.
  • Due to a problem with drainage in the cellar and basement areas of Soho House. The exhibition is open.

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