Citizen UK: 
Croydon’s Caribbean Influencers

Digital illustration of a woman against an orange background
Siannarah Millanaise, by Kyam Arts, 2023

9 October 2023 - 12 February 2024

Studio Gallery, Floor -2


Inspired by the record shop and the established Caribbean tradition of sharing stories and songs, see new portraits created by artist Kyam and poetry by Croydon’s first Poet Laureate Shaniqua Benjamin, inspired by the stories of some of Croydon’s Caribbean influencers.

This display by Abi Wright Design features archive material from the National Portrait Gallery and the Museum of Croydon alongside a soundscape that includes oral histories collected by local volunteer Citizen Researchers and poetry that gives an insight into the lives of Croydonites including the Met’s first female Black police officer Sislin Fay Allen, professional boxers and brothers Clinton and Duke McKenzie and composer Ken Burton.

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