After Dark: Image Projections

3 Nov 2016 – 7 Nov 2016

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3 - 7 November, dusk - dawn

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New Unity

England, United Kingdom

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For five nights, see rare portraits of celebrated black women, and those whose names and stories have been lost to history.


For five nights, as darkness falls, see rare nineteenth century portraits of black women in Victorian Britain as they emerge on the facade of Newington Green Unitarian Church. These will be projected above grafitti artist Stewy's portrait of radical feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, celebrated author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792).

Read more at: http://autograph-abp.co.uk/events/after-dark-new-unity

Autograph ABP is making visible, and paying homage to, the pioneering and inspiring black women who found themselves in Victorian Britain. They include:

...a leading figure in women’s rights and social activism

...a mother who raised her daughters to become leading suffragettes

...a travelling missionary

...an accomplished linguist and pianist

...a  freed slave who realised her life-long dream to travel to England to meet Queen Victoria

...a  heroine in the Crimean war saving lives as a front line nurse

...and the many black women whose names and stories are ‘lost to history’.

For three years we've been on a mission to find photographic evidence of diverse black presences in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. We're now bringing our discoveries out of the archive, and into the streets of London.

Presented in collaboration with New Unity, this is the second of three projections this autumn in Hoxton, Hackney/Islington, and Tottenham, part of our ongoing The Missing Chapter research project, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.


Supported by:

Part of The Missing Chapter programme, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. Developed in association with and the generous support of the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images. 

Presented in collaboration with New Unity. Special Thanks to: The Thornton Partnership.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Projected by Creative Staging.


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