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Impressions Gallery


FLASHBACK: Call for Rock Against Racism memories

Tue, 24th May, 2016

Do you remember Rock Against Racism (1976 to 1981), the groundbreaking movement formed by musicians and political activists to fight racism through music?

As part of our exhibition by Syd Shelton, we are calling out for contributions to FLASHBACK, a collection of people’s stories, memories, photographs and memorabilia of the Rock Against Racism movement.

Were you at one of the Rock Against Racism staged marches? Did you attend a festival or one of the 500 concerts? If so, we want to hear from you! Send us your memories and help us to promote a positive statement of tolerance and optimism.

You can share your contribution in the following ways:

•    Post on our FLASHBACK Facebook page
•    Upload to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #RARflashback
•    Send by email to
•    Alternatively you can scan your items at Impressions Gallery – just drop in during our opening hours (remember you'll need to collect them too).

Contributions delivered by hand or sent via email may be shared on our Instagram profile @ImpGalleryPhoto. We politely request that contributions aren't posted to us as we won't be able to send these back to you.


We will be displaying a selection of your contributions on our FLASHBACK wall in the gallery as part of the Rock Against Racism exhibition. The FLASHBACK wall will launch at our exhibition opening on Thursday 16 June at 6pm, and will grow throughout the show as people bring in new memories. Please note that due to limited space, we might not be able to display all contributions we receive.

You can share your contributions from now until the exhibition ends on Saturday 3 September 2016.

Rock Against Racism by Syd Shelton is curated by Mark Sealy at Autograph ABP, in collaboration with guest curator Carol Tulloch, Professor of Dress, Diaspora and Transnationalism, University of the Arts London. Admission is free.

Cover, Temporary Hoarding No. 6 1978 Poster, Temporary Hoarding No.3, 1977