Black Suffolk

by John Ferguson

© Todd Antony 

Recently acquired by the Colchester & Ipswich Museum's Art Collection, John Ferguson's project 'Black Suffolk' will be exhibited alongside another ongoing project in the Ipswich Museum. Currently being refurbished, the reopening and exhibition are planned for 2024.

I’ve recently been honoured by the Colchester & Ipswich Museum’s Art Collection and Learning Department, who have purchased a collection of my work for inclusion in their permanent collection. 
This environmental portrait series entitled ‘Black Suffolk’ aims to creatively express and explore people’s experiences and interpretations of what is ‘home’ for them in a predominately rural county. Home can be a feeling, a physical space or a geographical place. Home can be a memory, metaphor or experience. The idea is to connect with the notion that we are metaphorically and physically at home; our lives are inextricably linked to where we live, our homes, and Suffolk. “what does home in Suffolk mean to the black community?” 
Along with the purchase from the Museum, I’ve also been honoured with my own exhibition to display the work alongside another newly commissioned piece and a third new personal photo project. The Proposed show will be displayed at Ipswich’s Christchurch Mansion exhibition space. I hope to have the two new projects finished by Spring 2024.   
The purchased collection will eventually be displayed in the newly refurbished Ipswich Museum once finished. 
See more of this project here: 
© John Ferguson 

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