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Autograph ABP
Exhibition 16 July - 12 September 2015

The first exhibition showing John Deakin’s photographs of the Fifth Pan-African Congress as a body of work. The Fifth Pan-African Congress took place in Manchester in October 1945, five months after the end of the Second World War. The Congress demanded that European powers liberate hundreds of millions of Africans living under colonial rule, and passed radical measures condemning imperialism, racial discrimination and capitalism. A Pan-African Film Lounge will accompany the exhibition, screening a programme of films exploring Pan-African history and ideals.

This exhibition is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. The Fifth Pan-African Congress is produced in collaboration with Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images, who own the Picture Post archive.

For more information visit Autograph


Rock Against Racism

Autograph ABP
Exhibition 2 October - 5 December 2015
Opening Reception Thursday 1 October, 6:30-8:30pm

Autograph ABP announces the first major exhibition of Syd Shelton’s photographs capturing one of the most intriguing and contradictory political periods in British post war history. Between 1976 and 1981, the movement Rock Against Racism (RAR) confronted racist ideology in the streets, parks and town halls of Britain. RAR was formed by a collective of musicians and political activists to fight fascism and racism through music.

Under the slogan 'Love Music, Hate Racism', it showcased reggae and punk bands on the same stage, attracting large multicultural audiences. At a time when the fascist attitudes of the National Front were gaining support, RAR marked the rising resistance to violent and institutionalised racism.

For more information visit Autograph

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The Fifth Pan-African Congress Revisited

A unique opportunity to hear two of the country's leading authorities on the Pan-African movement - Hakim Adi and Marika Sherwood - along with guest film curator June Givanni to discuss the legacy of the 1945 Fifth Pan-African Congress.

Tue 8 Sept, 7pm

Event is free, please book here.

For more information visit Autograph

Dissonant Archives Book Launch & Panel Discussion

The London launch of Dissonant Archives: Contemporary Visual Culture and Contested Narratives in the Middle East. The panel include contributions from John Akomfrah, Nick Denes, Laura Cugusi, Guy Mannes-Abbott, and Zineb Sedira, introduced by Mark Sealy.

Thu 10 Sept, 6:30pm

Event is free.

For more information visit Autograph

Open House London 2015

Rivington Place will be taking part in Open House London, the capital’s largest architectural showcase. Architect-led tours at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm on Sept 19th and 20th, on a first come-first served basis.  

Sat 19 Sept, 12 - 6pm & Sun 20 Sept
, 12 - 5pm. Last entry 30 minutes before closing.

Event is free.

For more information visit Open House London

Rock Against Racism
Exhibition Opening Reception

Join us at the opening reception for the first major exhibition of Syd Shelton’s photographs capturing one of the most intriguing and contradictory political periods in British post war history.

Thu 1 Oct, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Event is free

For more information visit Autograph

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