After Dark
Image Projections

3 - 8 November 2016, dusk - dawn

New Unity

Hackney / Islington, London , UK


As darkness falls, see rare nineteenth century portraits of black women in Victorian Britain as they emerge on the facade of Newington Green Unitarian Church. These will be projected above grafitti artist Stewy's portrait of radical feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, celebrated author of A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792). 

Autograph ABP is making visible, and paying homage to, the pioneering and inspiring black women who found themselves in Victorian Britain. They include:

...a leading figure in women’s rights and social activism

...a mother who raised her daughters to become leading suffragettes

...a travelling missionary accomplished linguist and pianist

...a  freed slave who realised her life-long dream to travel to England to meet Queen Victoria

...a  heroine in the Crimean war saving lives as a front line nurse

...and the many black women whose names and stories are ‘lost to history’

For three years we've been on a mission to find photographic evidence of diverse black presences in Victorian and Edwardian Britain. We're now bringing our discoveries out of the archive, and into the streets of London.

Presented in collaboration with New Unity, this is the second of three projections this autumn in Hoxton, Hackney/Islington, and Tottenham, part of our ongoing The Missing Chapter research project, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.


About the Image Projections

Since 2014, Autograph ABP has projected images from The Missing Chapter: Black Chronicles programme onto public buildings and/or in collaboration with peer institutions including at the Royal Festival Hall (as part of Africa Utopia), Rich Mix, The Africa Centre or Stamford Works at Gillett Square in Dalston, Hackney.

The three projections will feature images from the Hulton Archive (a division of Getty Images), National Portrait Gallery, Royal Collection Trust as well as the private collections of Val Wilmer, Michael Graham-Stuart, Amoret Tanner/FotoLibra, Paul Frecker/The Library of Nineteenth-Century Photography, and the photographic archive of Autograph ABP, London.

Supported by

Part of The Missing Chapter programme, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. Developed in association with and the generous support of the Hulton Archive, a division of Getty Images.

Presented in collaboration with New Unity. Special Thanks to: The Thornton Partnership.

About The Missing Chapter

The Missing Chapter: Black Chronicles research project aims to bring together a distinct body of photographs that showcases diverse ‘black presences’ in Victorian and Edwardian Britain.  Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund over three years (2013-16) images are identified through new curatorial research, and by working collaboratively with national archives and collections, both public and private.

An important aspect of The Missing Chapter project’s mission - which also includes exhibitions and events, formal and informal learning activities, and the creation of new educational resources - is to introduce its findings to new environments and audiences outside galleries or museum spaces.

About New Unity

“The New Unity story is rooted in the Enlightenment spirit of dissent, equality, freedom, and activism. For more than 300 years, free-thinking people have looked to this community as a haven for unconventional hopes and ideals. What began as a space for non-conformist belief has blossomed into a radically-inclusive community, dedicated to the pursuit of peace, social justice, and unity.

Social justice is integral to who we are. We promote individual activism, work closely with other activist organisations, and regularly support local London charities.”

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Additional Info

Where to see the image projection
39A Newington Green
Stoke Newington
London N16 9PR

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