This event is part of the SHOW strand in our new autumn/winter programme;

A daylong celebration of photographic projects that have never been seen before, followed by a closing talk from Vanley Burke, the 'Godfather of Black British photography'.


Hothouse arrives in Birmingham in November for a daylong celebration of photographic projects that have never been seen before, alongside a hub of photographic activity, delivered in association with Grain. You're welcome to drop in for an hour or two, or stay for the whole event - but please register to be sure of getting a place.

You are welcome to bring your portfolio or photobooks for showing on the day, more details of which can be found here

Throughout the day there will be short presentations from photographers about their recent work and projects, plus ample opportunity for networking and portfolio review. During the lunch break there will also be the option to attend an informal workshop with the Arts Council England for Photographers currently looking for funding for projects.

Here is a full line up of the Photographers who will be presenting their latest projects.

10:30 - 11:30
Corinne Perry
Stewart Wall
Joanne Coates
Juliana Kasumu

12:00 - 13:00
Olli Hellmann
Evonne Bain
Melanie Letore
Jessa Fairbrother

14:00 - 15:00
Alison Baskerville
Mark Wright
Fabienne Viala & Jean-Francois Manicom
Dimitri Haddad

The event culminates with a talk by Vanley Burke.

Vanley Burke:

Vanley Burke has been described as the ‘Godfather of Black British Photography.' His iconic images have captured the evolving cultural landscape, social change, and stimulated debate in the United Kingdom over the past four decades. He draws strength from remaining closely connected to his community, and his personable character allows him to capture the intimate and private nature of people’s everyday lives. His body of work represents possibly the largest photographic record of the Caribbean Diaspora in Britain, and as an avid collector, Vanley continues to connect histories through his substantial archive housed at the Library of Birmingham. From local community organisations to the Victoria & Albert Museum and Whitechapel, Vanley has exhibited widely in the United Kingdom, and as far afield as New York, South Africa and China.

Vanley’s artistic enquiry is not simply limited to black and white documentary photography, as his eccentric rebellious nature lends itself to sculpture and painting, and crafting art that gives life a shape. His simple motivation has been the preservation of culture and history through creation, documentation, and discovery which often leaks into the private.

This event starts at 10:30 on 26 November until 16:30. Doors open at 10:00.

This event takes place at Glenn Howells Architects, 321 Bradford Street, Birmingham, B5 6ET. The venue is fully accessible. 

This event is free but booking is essential. Please register via the link below. It is also possible to make a donation at the time of registering and this really helps us deliver more events. 

Who is it for?
Whether you have a passion for new photography, want to find out about some exciting emerging photographers, or would like the opportunity to meet and network with photographers, enthusiasts and industry professionals, this event aims to have something for everyone. If you'd like to find out more about presenting a project, go here. All participants are welcome to bring a portfolio on the day, find out more about that here.

Image: Charlotte Jopling

In partnership with Grain, an arts organisation dedicated to commissioning, facilitating and delivering ambitious, engaging and high quality photography projects, commissions, events and exhibitions.  

Related SHOW events:
Critique Surgery with Ben McDonnell and Clarissa Corfe
Photographing Customs, Rituals and Traditions
Critique Surgery with Shirley Read and Sian Bonnell

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