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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE BLACK LIVING IN THE UK?

Portrait of Black Britain, created and conceived by Cephas Williams, co-commissioned and launched at Manchester International Festival 2021. This major public exhibition at Manchester Arndale photographs and profiles a range of Black people living in the UK today, the contributions they make and the roles they play in society. 

Portrait of Black Britain centralises Black-led representation on what it means to be Black in the UK right now. It is a reminder of the beauty in identity and diversity, the fact that the Black community is not a monolith. It is a moment to give the spotlight to the community to which this conversation belongs. And it is a powerful and positive affirmation that Black Lives Matter: not just in news stories about trauma or tragedy nor during Black History Month – but every day. 

 

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The Making Of Portrait of Black Britain 
Behind The Scenes / Photoshoot | #116

Portrait of Black Britain, Bluewater Launch video | # 219

Manchester International Festival / Arndale Exhibition Film | #116

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We have now completed the 2nd phase of Portrait of Black Britain. A body of work that will ultimately lead to Cephas Williams building a collection of 1,000 photographic portraits of Black people living in the UK and he is looking for more companies, cultural hubs, festivals, and the public to support the work and his vision.

The entire collection of images and exhibitions to date have been co-commisioned by Manchester International Festival & Landsec.

 

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219

Portraits Taken

1,000

Goal

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