(Image: Ian Burrell)

This brand-new summer programme of photography, visual arts, dance, music and more will take place at Midlands Art Centre in Cannon Hill Park from 4th May – 8th July. A variety of talents come together to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the life-changing journey made by almost 500 people from Jamaica to London on SS Empire Windrush.

Beyond Windrush is designed to highlight the impact and experience of migration through artistic works delivered by local and international creatives. A host of entertainment suiting all tastes and plenty participatory events will also be on offer for audiences and visitors of all ages.

Here are some of the highlights:

Raphael Albert: Miss Black and Beautiful – Sat 21 Apr – Sun 1 Jul | Opening times as per building | Arena Gallery | Free Admission

Miss Black & Beautiful Sybil McLean with fellow contestants , Hammersmith Palais, London, 1972. From the portfolio ‘Black Beauty Pageants’. Courtesy of © Raphael Albert/Autograph ABP

MAC and Autograph ABP are proud to present the first major solo photography exhibition by the late Raphael Albert. For more than three decades, Albert organised and documented numerous black British beauty pageants and other cultural events. Contestants often sported large Afro hairstyles and enjoyed both inventing and reinventing themselves on stage while articulating a multifaceted black femininity.

Vanley Burke: 5,000 Miles and 70 Years – 5 May – 8 July | Opening times as per building | Terrace Gallery and Windows | Admission Free

Jamaican GB Passport © Vanley Burke

Vanley Burke is a renowned photographer concerned with Black culture in Britain. Burke is also an avid collector. He owns a vast archive, including posters, clothes, records and ornaments that provide an invaluable insight into the UK’s African Caribbean communities. Using these interests and his family life for inspiration Burke has created a new site-specific installation at the MAC that transforms the venue into a vibrant space.

Andrew Jackson: From a Small Island – 5 May – 8 July | Open Tue – Sun & Bank Holidays | First Floor Gallery | Admission Free

Riverhouse, Kingston Jamaica © Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson’s new photographic exhibition explores the psychological impact of migration through first, second and third generations of migrants from Jamaica. Showcasing photographs produced both there and in  England, Jackson has explored how the connection to the island has been shaped by the mythologies of his family and the legacy of colonialism.

Rum Night with Ian Burrell: The Rum Ambassador – Sat 26 May | 8pm | Theatre | £17 (£15) | Ages 18+

Acclaimed expert Ian Burrell is the regular Rum & Cocktail specialist on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. He is also the creator of the world’s first international rum festival – UK RumFest. Ian will sharing his vast knowledge with guests at the MAC, who will learn all they need to know about the tropical, sugar-caned tipple, while sampling a selection of world class varieties.

Steel and Strings – Wed 30 May | 11am -12.30pm & 2pm – 3.30pm | English Studio | £3 | 8+

(Image: Shutterstock)

Steel and Strings brings distinctly Caribbean sounds to the MAC at this workshop for families and young people. With a reputation for highly entertaining performances and flamboyant personalities this promises to a joyful experience.

Carnival Workshop – Fri 1 Jun | 11am to 3pm | Weston Studio | £5 | 8+

(Image: Courtesy of Midlands Arts Centre)

Get in the spirit of Caribbean by designing and creating smart footwear or a head dress in this fun filled Carnival workshop. Bring your head attire or a pair of boots/pumps to decorate on the day!

Reggae Women  Sat 7 Jul | 8pm | Theatre | £8

(Image: Courtesy of Midlands Arts Centre)

Our season finale of spoken word and song in celebration of Reggae music and its contribution to British society hosted by Sue Brown and featuring Melika Queely, Judith Emeline, Keisha Diamond, Patricia Panton, Miss Culture Jam, and Empress P.

Click here for more information about the Beyond Windrush programme.