Est.1690 Vanley Burke /

Est. 1690 and
Register of the Condemned (2021)

'Register of the Condemned' is a temporary public art work displaying a photograph of the book register of people stolen and sold into slavery.

Est 1690.
On any one Thursday, once a year, every household in the city limits of Worcester UK receives an editioned artwork; 1 of 41000 , 'Est1690. '

Est.1690 is an ongoing disruptive public art work for Worcester. The project invites world renowned artists to submit an idea and design and ‘wrap around’ for the Worcester Berrows’ Journal newspaper. The newspaper has purportedly been in circulation since 1690 which makes it one of the, if not the world's oldest newspaper, fertile ground for artists to respond to.

For this edition Division of Labour gallery and PITT Studio invited Vanley Burke and recent graduate, writer and artist Rhea Dillon to respond.
The newspaper released on Thursday 29th October featured Vanleys rich archive of collected objects, music and ephemera. Images of his flat near the centre of Birmingham. The archive was previously recognised in his 2015 Solo Exhibition ‘At Home with Vanley Burke’ at IKON, Birmingham. The images Burke chose here serve as a poignant reminder of the rich history of the black British experience, one that is diverse, full of contradiction but also brimming with possibilities. His images are also accompanied by a written poetic response entitled “The Minute He’s Dethroned He Becomes An Object,” from Artist Rhea Dillon whose work examines and amplifies representations of blackness and its relationship to queer thought and feminist theory.