George Coles

This realm, this Britain: from this sceptic Isle

An online exhibition, 8 March to 30 April 2019

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Losing Loved Ones, Keeping Rituals, 2 March 2021, online at 7pm (UK)

Brought together from different communities, Rabbi Daniel Epstein, bereavement specialist Linda Magistris and photographer of the African Caribbean community Charlie Phillips share their thoughts on practices lost and gained through social distancing.

Online presentation hosted by House of Life. Click Here for Details

Dub London: Bassline of a City

New Exhibition at the Museum of London. Click Here For Full Details

The Evening Standard has given the display 4 stars (, and it has been featured in The Observer and The Guardian (

Charlie Phillip’s Duke Vin portrait (last on right), first sound system operator in the UK (pre disco),
2002© Charlie Phillips

Seán Hillen talks to Donald Clarke for the Irish Times, 19 September 2020

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Duke Vin, first sound system operator in the UK (pre disco), 2002 © Charlie Phillips

Print purchased by the Museum of London and included in their upcoming exhibition Dub London.

The early Sound Systems were basic affairs built around a single record deck, a valve amp and a speaker. But by the 1950’s they had grown to purpose built speakers the size of wardrobes that could be heard many blocks away. The larger these systems the better. Record producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee would remember from the time &pdquo;Sound System was like our radio station ... not many people on the island would own a wireless, so it was the way for the people to here there music”. These ’House of Joys&rsqup; as they were affectionately known were run by the likes of Tom the Great Sebastian who would have people like the legendary Duke Vin [who would go on to be the first system operator in England when he emigrated there years later] spinning his tunes.

Feature on Duke Vin and other dub icons - - Dub Reggae Icons.

For more information on the exhibition - - Dub London.

Freedom Road: A film which re-imagines the music of the American Civil Rights movement
in the time of Black Lives Matter

Includes photos by Charlie Phillips and Vanley Burke.

May be viewed until Sunday, 8 August 2020 on YouTube: Click Here for Free Access

Billed as a trailer for the feature length version due out later this year, but it is more than that and is 35 min well spent. It was released 27 July 2020 at Olby's Soul Cafe (

In March 2020 as part of POW! (Thanets Womens Festival), vocalist Sabina Desir and keyboard player Jessica Lauren created their immersive performance Freedom Road at Turner Contemporary in Margate. Built around music connected with Black people¬ís struggle for equality in 20th century America, focusing particularly on the 1960s and 1970s, the work took inspiration from and related to the gallery’s exhibition, We Will Walk.

Photo in background: Prince Jazzbo (left), Reggae Rap pioneer, 1974 © Charlie Phillips

Tomorrow is Saturday with Seán Hillen - recording of live Q&A, 5 July 2020

Seán Hillen was joined by director Gillian Marsh and co-director Gretta Ohle for a live Q&A discussion at the Galway Film Fleadh, which can be viewed online: Click Here

A selection of work by Seán Hillen now represented by CLAIRbyKahn. See:

For more work visit Seán Hillen’s Portfolios.

The Other Side - Borderlands Contemporary Irish Art

Seán Hillen’s works are included in the exhibition

18 December 2019 to 17 March 2020

Dortmunder U Centre for Art
Center for Arts and Creativity
Dortmunder, Germany

Curated by Anne Mager, also includes work by Enda Bowe, Willie Doherty, Jesse Jones, Dragana Jurišiæ und Kathy Prendergast

Image: Frontier Times #16 collage 1990 23 x 17 cm, © Sean Hillen

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V&A - Black History Month

Explore photos taken between the 1950s and 90s, documenting the lives of black people in Britain, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience: Click Here

Charlie Phillips photographs included: Click Here

'Cut/Paste - Photomontage Art in Ireland'

Featuring - Sean Hillen, Joe Lee, Laura McMorrow.

13 September to 26 October 2019

Source Arts Centre Thurles, Ireland

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GET UP, STAND UP! - Generations of Black Creative Pioneers
Exhibition includes images by Charlie Phillips
12 June - 15 September 2019
West Wing Galleries, Somerset House, London

Talk by Charlie Phillips
Wednesday 21 August 2019, 13.00 - 13.30
One of a series of gallery talks led by selected exhibitors representing black excellence and experience from authentic voices across mediums. Each exhibitor will speak about their artwork, practice, anecdotes, journey, discipline and intergenerational influence.

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Click Here for the Press Release.

Paris Londres, Music Migrations 1962-1989

Exhibition includes work by Charlie Phillips.

12 March 2019 to 5 January 2020

Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration
Palais de la Porte Dorée

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Karin Rosenthal, Dimpled Landscape, 1994

Karin Rosenthal: Ambiguous Figures

A ten page article in Black & White Magazine about Karin Rosenthal’s photography, by George Slade.

Click Here for the full article.

George Coles - Life of Brighton

George Coles: Life of Brighton

‘Life of Brighton’ by George Coles - an epic exhibition of over 200 photographs.
Remember that the last laugh is on you, so always look on the bright ... etc.
BN1 4QJ - under the aqueduct, above the sanitation, next to the road.
All weekends throughout May except if the heavens open and it is lashing down.
On the fringe of the fringe and proudly not part of Brighton Festival.

Postcard pack with words from the great bard now in stock: Click Here.

Akehurst Press

A portfolio range of postcard packs, ephemera and design curios, – with a main emphasis on contemporary photography, but including design, visual arts, architecture, social documentary, counter-culture or just plain quirky. All artist inspired, well-designed limited print runs of products that are tactile and hand finished that we hope will become coveted and kept

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Recent News and Events

Half-Silvered | Anne Lilly & Karin Rosenthal

Half-Silvered | Anne Lilly & Karin Rosenthal

8 November 2018 to 15 February 2019

Women’s Studies Research Center
Brandeis University

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Click Here for the review from the Boston Globe.

Relatives of Ronnie Briggs at his Nine Night.
This Nine Night was held in the yard of Ronnie's garage where he spent much of his time.

Nine Night - exhibition to accompany theatre production

A selection of works by Charlie Phillips from his "How Great Thou Art" portfolio will be on display in the bar at the Trafalgar Studios

1 December 2018 to 23 February 2019

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Patpong - Bankok After Dark

Feature in Erotic Review, based on selections from a large archive. © private collection courtesy of

A unique and candid depiction of Bangkok’s most notorious vice district shot between 1970 and 1990 by two Thai photographers: Flower and Flash.

To view the feature Click Here.

Announcement: Ron Reid Estate

Above: John Lennon on a demo march in London, 11 Aug 1971
Left: Flower power flared jeans - Glastonbury Festival 1971
© Ron Reid Estate

We are pleased to announce that we now exclusively represent the Ron Reid Estate
Counterculture from the early 70s to 90s.

To view a selection of his images and outline, Click Here.

Back in the Day: The Autograph Archive X Yardie

To celebrate the upcoming release of Idris Elba’s directorial debut YARDIE, Autograph is working with STUDIOCANAL to launch a free photographic exhibition at Hackney Picturehouse. The exhibition includes Charlie Phillips’ Westbourne Park Tube station image.

18 August to 2 September 2018
Hackney Picture House, London

Click Here for the Autograph archive website.

Click Here for the Hackney Picture House website.

Click Here for Charlie Phillip’s portofolio of work.

Newry Gagarin Crosses the Border 1993 photomontage, (c) Seán Hillen

Reframing the Border

Exhibition includes work by Seán Hillen

14 July to 9 September 2018

Gallery of Photography Ireland
Meeting House Square
Temple Bar
D02 X406

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Click Here for Seán Hillen’s Facebook Page.

The Art of Asperger’s

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland have granted Gillian Marsh Productions €135k to make a 52 minute documentary on Seán Hillen, provisionally titled The Art of Asperger’s for broadcast on the national broadcaster RTÉ in Autumn 2019. The documentary will be centred around the ‘excavation’ of Sean’s famously messy studio (which puts Francis Bacon’s to shame!) and extraction of his ‘archive’ with the help of an archivist from the National Irish Visual Arts Library who will then receive the press archive. Gillian Marsh, GMarsh TV is one of Ireland’s top regional production companies. Based near Crossmolina in Co Mayo, the company has built its name producing distinctive television with a rural edge. With an emphasis on factual and observational documentary our productions capture the essence of rural life simply and delicately, capturing the extraordinary in ordinary lives.

(c) Charlie Phillips

London Nights
See the city after dark through photography

Exhibition includes work by Charlie Phillips.

Museum of London

11 May to 11 November 2018.

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Click Here for an illustrated article by curator Anna Sparham, in which she discussed the project.



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