“It’s important that we collect lest we forget, and it’s important that we collect lest we repeat.”
– Vanley Burke.
Seeing his phenomenal work in the comfort of his (replica) home; really brings the art to life. At home with Vanley Burke exhibition is a novelty within the IKON gallery. I had the privilege to go to the exhibition, the first day it opened on Wednesday 22nd July. His home was fascinating, although it was within a large studio; it still had such an authentic, homely feel to it. The huge pieces of art Vanley had hanging up, pulled you in and you just find yourself looking at every inch of detail for ages, wondering where the inspiration came from. What I found interesting, was Vanley’s wall of newspaper articles from the 60’s collaged along his hallway (some of which, he featured within!). Walking around the exhibition, I noticed everyone around me was as mesmerized as I was. I felt there was a load of emotion within the room – I guess it took many people back to certain memories within that era.
In celebration of Vanley’s and his art, we hosted a Caribbean summer party featuring Vanley’s own recipe Jerk chicken wings and a ‘Vanley’s’ speciality cocktail using Brugal rum. With the amazing sound of tradition steel drums and classic reggae beats, the atmosphere was completely brilliant. Vanley Burke’s exhibition at IKON gallery is still ongoing until 27th September – it’s definitely worth a visit. In conjunction with the exhibition, Café Opus is serving up Caribbean classics, including Jerk chicken wings using Vanley’s own recipe and his favorite Jamaican ginger cake made by Enesta (which I can see why it’s his favourite –it’s incredible!). If you missed the Summer Party, you can still join Café Opus for their Caribbean Sunday lunch on 20th September at 1pm. For tickets call 0121 200 2323