16 images celebrating Black Suffolk go on show in Ipswich

A'naih Marie with her picture, taken by John Ferguson, at the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich Co

A'naih Marie with her picture, taken by John Ferguson, at the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich Cornhill. - Credit: Danielle Booden

An outdoor Black Suffolk photographic exhibition is being held as part of a series of events celebrating the African-Caribbean community. 

John Ferguson giving a speech at the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich Cornhill. Picture: Danielle

John Ferguson giving a speech at the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich's Cornhill. - Credit: Danielle Booden

A total of 16 pictures show people from all walks of life, ages and background - and they are displayed for passing shoppers to see at the Cornhill, in Ipswich. 

People enjoying the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich Cornhill. Picture: Danielle Booden

People enjoying the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich's Cornhill. - Credit: Danielle Booden

The photos were taken by John Ferguson, an award-winning photographer, who displayed his work at the Cornhill last year

The High Sheriff of Ipswich giving a speech at the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich Cornhill. Pic

The High Sheriff of Ipswich giving a speech at the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich's Cornhill. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Mr Ferguson previously examined Black Britannia in a collection of stunning images which first went on show in central London in 2007, in an exhibition opened by then prime minister Gordon Brown.

H.E. Ross giving a speech at the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich Cornhill. Picture: Danielle Boo

H.E. Ross giving a speech at the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich's Cornhill - Credit: Danielle Booden

Mr Ferguson moved from London to Ipswich explores the roots of local communities in his latest exhibition.

The Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich Cornhill. Picture: Danielle Booden

The Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich's Cornhill. - Credit: Danielle Booden

Its theme of "home" creatively explores how a diversity of people from the African-Caribbean community have made Suffolk their home. 

The Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich Cornhill. Picture: Danielle Booden

The images show people from all walks of life and backgrounds - Credit: Danielle Booden


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Mr Ferguson says: “This theme will creatively express and explore people’s experience and interpretation of what exactly is ‘home'.

Eldridge Marriott with his picture, taken by John Ferguson, at the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswi

Eldridge Marriott with his picture, taken by John Ferguson, at the Black Suffolk exhibition - Credit: Danielle Booden

"Home can be a feeling, a physical space or a geographical place. Home can be a memory, metaphor or experience.

Gary Powell with his picture, taken by John Ferguson, at the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich Cor

Gary Powell with his picture, taken by John Ferguson, at the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich Cornhill. - Credit: Danielle Booden

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"The idea is to connect with the notion that we are home, both metaphorically and physically, our lives are inextricably attached to where we live, our homes and Suffolk.

The Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich Cornhill. Picture: Danielle Booden

This is the latest of John Ferguson's works to be displayed at the Cornhill - Credit: Danielle Booden

"I ask the people I’m shooting, what does home mean to them? How do they express themselves and their spirit from their home?”

The images will be mounted on boards in the Cornhill throughout August.

The Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich Cornhill. Picture: Danielle Booden

The Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich's the Cornhill. - Credit: Danielle Booden

In total there are 16 pictures, which showcase the diversity of Suffolk’s Black community. 

Mandy Gaylard, former Suffolk county councillor in Ipswich, at the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswi

Mandy Gaylard, former Suffolk county councillor in Ipswich, at the Black Suffolk exhibition - Credit: Danielle Booden

The idea is that they instill a greater sense of pride among the community and help to break down racial barriers. 

Afrika Green with her picture, taken by John Ferguson, at the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich Co

Afrika Green with her picture, taken by John Ferguson, at the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich Cornhill. - Credit: Danielle Booden

The exhibition is part of Aspire Black Suffolk, a new six-month, Black-led cultural programme launched In June on Windrush Day to celebrate the African-Caribbean community’s contribution to the county’s economy. 

Michelle Taylor with her picture, taken by John Ferguson, at the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich

Michelle Taylor with her picture, taken by John Ferguson, at the Black Suffolk exhibition at Ipswich Cornhill. - Credit: Danielle Booden

To find out more about this series of events, visit www.powerofstories.co.uk/events

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