CHANGEMAKERS

A CELEBRATION OF LASTING CHANGE

EXHIBITION: NOVEMBER 2019 – JANUARY 2020

You are invited to view the first collection of CHANGEMAKER portraits at our exhibition.
Location: Bruce Castle Museum Lordship Lane, London, N17 8NU

Open Wednesdays to Sundays 1pm – 5pm (Closed between: 21st Dec 2019 – 1st Jan 2020)
EXHIBITION ENDS: Sunday 19th Jan 2020

THE STORY…

Inspired by Black History Month 2019, Haringey Council and Bruce Castle Museum are saluting black CHANGEMAKERS of the borough. This series of photographic portraits brings together CHANGEMAKERS from different generations.

It is a visual record of those influential in culture, education, sport and community activism in the UK. Black history influences us all year round – too vast to be contained in just one month a year (what do we do with these amazing stories for the other 11 months of the year?)

Our CHANGEMAKERS are the new black history makers of today, making history every day.

It was an immense privilege to discover that I would be creating this series at the very special Bruce Castle Museum with special permission from Deborah Hedgecock and Elena Pipou and that the images will become part of their permanent archive was a huge bonus. It made the energy surrounding the series even more special, along with having a personal connection with some of the CHANGEMAKERS for many years and have always been impacted by their motivation and purpose.

The CHANGEMAKERS were asked to bring to the photography sessions an item that is important to them. My aim was to give a a sense of connection with the sitter and in turn show the connection between the person and the objects they chose.

ARTIST STATEMENT

“The CHANGEMAKERS featured in this story have made a powerful impact! They have helped to lay the foundation and offer tenacity and unparalleled vigour that make this community one to be proud of. They have unknowingly inspired the next generation though their generosity of self.

Being asked to create this series was a very proud moment for me. I instantly knew that the images should be simple and give a sense of connection when viewed.

I am privileged to call Haringey home and look forward to the next chapter of this story where more CHANGEMAKERS will be featured. This is only the beginning of recognising the community influencers of our borough. The story of the Changemakers will be told across London and beyond!” 

AGENDA BROWN

HERMAN ROBINSON

Herman Robinson arrived from Jamaica in 1954, persuaded by a close friend to close a successful
business and embark on a new adventure in London. Settling in North London he spent 32 years working for
British Rail starting as a steam locomotive engineer, eventually breaking the racial barriers and training to be a driver.
Having confronted racism in the community and the workplace he became an active member/founder of many
organisations including North London West Indian Association, Association of Jamaicans,
Paul Bogle Youth Club, African Caribbean Leadership Company and the West Indian Cultural Centre.
He was Chair of British Rail Staff Association Kings Cross at the time of his retirement.
He has often been a spokesperson for the  black community on television and has participated in documentaries.
Herman has been very active in opposing the unjust oppression of our young people by the police
and other institutions and remains active today.

JOYCE PASCALL

ALEX PASCALL

JESSE STEVENS

VERNON VANRIEL

YVONNE LAWSON

VALENTINO JONES

HANNAH AZIEB-POOL

HESKETH BENOIT

AYANA WITTER-JOHNSON

PASTOR ALEX

VERONICA MCKENZIE

JOHN MACANUFF

CREATED IN ASSOCIATION WITH

“What do we do with our BLACK HISTORY for the other 11 months each year? “ AGENDA BROWN