Visual representations of black British masculinity in the city of Birmingham. This study explores how visual arts practitioners of Birmingham have represented the Birmingham black male. Notions of race and gender in UK academic study are seldom localised, especially outside of London, precipitating generalised race identity conversations. The study places Birmingham as a site of cultural significance in context of black British migration and settlement. It asks, what does the representation of black males in Birmingham say, by local black visual artists, that is unique to the context of place at the time of representation?
This practice-based PhD will comprise of a written thesis and supporting visual arts exhibition, which presents a combined approach to the central research questions and findings.