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Rebellion to Romance Exhibition

Photo courtesy J Walwyn; Photograph © Syd Shelton; Vanley Burke, photograph by Candice Nembhard.

July 28th — October 29th

Room 700
Leeds Central Library,
Leeds
LS1 3AB

A natural progression from the 2019 Eulogy Project on first-generation Jamaicans of Leeds, Rebellion to Romance will explore the lives of the city’s second generation West Indians coming of age in the 1970s and 80s. Their keepsakes of the era will tell a powerful story of young Black people hugely influenced by Jamaican culture, music and style, immersed in their parents’ Caribbean roots yet shaping an identity of their own.

Gathered keepsakes and photos of the day curated by Out of Many Festival Director, Susan Pitter, will sit alongside recreated contemporary portraits by famed artist and ‘Godfather of Black British photography’ Vanley Burke. His portraits will capture a generation that can firmly say: “We are Black, we are British, we are West Indian and we are Leeds.”

Opening times:
Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm,
Friday 9am-5pm,
Saturday 10am-4pm.

Admission: FREE

In partnership with Leeds Libraries and generously supported by Leeds Civic Trust Community Heritage Fund, Leeds Inspired and Leeds 2023.