• Peckham Portraits featuring Idris Elba, Adjoa Andoh and Kwame Kwei-Armah to be reinstalled

    10/12/2019 | Blog | nvziy
  • Portraits of black British actors including Idris Elba, Adjoa Andoh, Adrian Lester and Kwame Kwei-Armah are set to be reinstalled in Peckham Hill Street after a three-year break.The reinstallation is part of the celebration of Black History month.

    The large scale photographs, known as the Peckham Portraits, were taken by artist Franklyn Rodgers, and feature quotes from the actors.The exhibition originally made its debut at the National Portrait Gallery in 2008, before being installed on Peckham Hill Street where it became one of London’s longest-running public art installations.

    The portraits were removed while building work took place at the new Mountview site, but due to public outcry were temporarily relocated to Peckhamplex cinema.They will now be redisplayed on the outside of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in Peckham.

    Mountview principal and artistic director Stephen Jameson said:“We are open to the experience and challenge that diversity brings to the table. Together we are at the forefront of positive change for the UK arts industry.”

    Other actors featured in the installation include Doña Croll, David Harewood, Diane Parish, David Oyelowo, Treva Etienne and Jocelyn Jee Esien.The Peckham Portraits were commissioned by Underexposed Arts, an initiative set up by actor Fraser James.

    He said: “When we launched, I remember commenting that ‘role models are the foundation of aspiration’. Today I still believe that there are many potential black role models in our community, but their visibility needs to be greater.“In the eleven years since the original portraits launched on Peckham Hill Street a lot has changed.

    “The reinstatement of the portraits to their original home in Peckham is, we believe, another positive step in underlining the wealth of talent across the British black community.”

    Thanks to Peckham Portraits for their Post: https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2019/peckham-portraits-featuring-idris-elba-adjoa-andoh-and-kwame-kwei-armah-to-be-reinstalled-at-mountview/?login_to=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thestage.co.uk%2Faccounts%2Fusers%2Fsign_up.popup