Celebrating Windrush Exhibition
1st - 29th October / FREE to view / The Gallery at Harrow Arts Centre
On June 22nd, 1948 the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks, Essex carrying hundreds of passengers from the Caribbean. Many aboard had been to Britain before, with some having fought bravely in World War II. Most were filled with hope for future employment from Britain, including re-joining the Army and the Royal Air Force.
The arrival of Empire Windrush is very well known, but this was not the first nor the last ship to carry migrants from the Caribbean. The 802 Caribbean citizens onboard were the first of 500,000 Commonwealth citizens who settled in Britain between 1948 and 1971 to make new lives and help rebuild the country after the war.
Harrow Arts Centre invites the whole community of Harrow to come together and creatively explore and celebrate the lasting impact of the Windrush generation on society including services to the NHS, running of public transport, as well as more broadly their impact on modern Britain’s art and culture.
We know that Harrow is a talented borough, so we welcome all art forms including creative writing, poetry, painting, photography, sculpture, photography, music, and dance videos. To help get you inspired… you could produce a piece of creative writing or poem about identity and migration, or create a painting imagining the journey by sea.
If you have already picked up a pen, camera or paintbrush and created something previously perhaps through school or college that you’d like displayed, please do send it in.
We want to see as many submissions as possible! Harrow Arts Centre will display all creative submissions in our public gallery and exhibition corridors for the whole of October to coincide with Black History Month.
Submission deadline: The deadline for submitting is Thursday 7th October 2021
To submit: Please take a photograph or scan of your artwork(s) and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the email, please put in the subject: Celebrating Windrush and let us know if you would be happy for the arts centre to post the image on our social media platforms. Please include your full name, and a brief description of the artwork which can be used later for captions for the exhibition.