'Where I Come From', the latest exhibition to come to Cumberland Lodge, will celebrate freedom of movement and immigration in Britain.

The collection is by the talented portrait photographer Bill Knight, who was assisted by Amelia Odida. It forms part of our 'Freedom' series of conferences, seminars, lectures, retreats and educational and cultural events for 2017/18, full details of which will be announced shortly.

The eye-catching photographs depict the children of a generation of immigrants who came to Britain in search of a better life, for themselves and their families, and the contributions they have since made to society.

One of the images, 'Vanessa and Vivian', was a prize-winner in last year's Portrait of Britain competition.

Behind the images

Alongside each image is a story of how and why the family came to Britain, the life they left behind and the ones they have established in the UK.

The exhibition came about through Bill’s involvement with Rare Recruitment, which supports talented young people from under-represented ethnic backgrounds in applying to university and for sought-after jobs after graduating.

Meeting candidates on the Rare Recruitment programme gave Bill the idea of taking photographs that would capture their families' journeys.

The resulting collection features young people from a wide range of backgrounds, pictured with their parents or the people who have most influenced them in life. It highlights how life in the UK has helped them to flourish and use their education and skills to give back to the society they have become a part of.

Open mornings

Public open mornings will be held on:

  • Saturday 11 November 2017
  • Saturday 18 November 2017
  • Saturday 16 December 2017
  • Saturday 6 January 2018
  • Saturday 20 January 2018
  • Saturday 27 January 2018.

Guests are welcome any time from 10am until 12.30pm, and admission is free.

There is ample parking on site, and there is no need to book in advance. See our event pages for full details.

'Optimistic exhibition for a pessimistic time'

Speaking about the exhibition, Bill said: 'Sometimes a smile hides a story of hardship, or the search for equal opportunity and belonging. These parents now watch as their children take advantage of the opportunities denied to them. 

'These young men and women are changing Britain, just as Britain has changed their families. What happens next? The pictures don't say, but this is an optimistic exhibition for a pessimistic time.'

Previous work

Bill's previous exhibition, 'The Refugee's Gift', came to Cumberland Lodge in Spring 2015 and was shown at the St Martin-in-the-Fields gallery in London’s Trafalgar Square and other locations, including St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in 2016. 

His portrait of Elsbeth Juda is now part of the National Portrait Gallery collection. 


'Where I Come From' celebrates freedom of movement. It is part of our 'Freedom' series for the academic year 2017/18. Find out more about the series here.