Recognising Black History Month, the BIPP is highlighting the work of member Ian Flanders ABIPP, whose upcoming exhibition, The Descendantspays tribute to creatives, artists and activists within the Liverpool region, celebrating the heritage of descendants from the African Diaspora.

Ian describes the project : 

“People from the African Diaspora have made a significant contribution to the Liverpool Community past and present, and these contemporary portraits aim to acknowledge this.

The history of Liverpool can be traced back to the 12th century when it was known as ‘Liuerpul’, meaning a pool or creek with muddy water. People of Black African ancestry have been part of United Kingdom’s oldest and longest-established black community, going back several generations to the 1710s.

The recent scandal surrounding the Windrush Generation concerning their mistreatment has been extensively documented in the media. But what are the experiences of these descendants studying, living and working in Liverpool and the UK.

The photographic images attempt to document how these people from the African Diaspora shaped, expressed and developed their artforms with their experiences while living and working in and around the Liverpool area.

It was due to economic necessity that people were invited to help rebuild Britain back in the 40s and 50s especially from the New Commonwealth countries, the Caribbean, West Africa, the Indian sub-Continent. Back then, these people were British subjects; they had full British nationality to reside anywhere in the UK.”


Exhibition dates: Sat 28 Jan – Sat 6 May 2023 with preview opening event on Fri 27 Jan 2023

Victoria Gallery & Museum University of Liverpool Ashton Street Liverpool L69 3D