Peabody and the House of Commons are working with artist Scarlett Crawford on a special project to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Race Relations Act.
Scarlett has been leading a UK-wide project to capture the voices of the people who have been most affected. The project is designed for communities across the country to come together to share their memories of life in the UK over the past 50 years’ and to celebrate those who have made a difference in their communities.
Three workshops were held on the 11, 12 and 13 September with the Irish, African and Chinese communities. The purpose of these workshops was for people to come and share their views about race through drawings, photography, and recorded interviews. The workshops were a great opportunity for those who took part to have their voices heard in Westminster.
BBC radio came along to the Chinese workshop on the 13 September. The group were speaking about their experiences regarding racial discrimination during the time the acts were passed.
Over the course of her residency, Scarlet has also been holding workshops with six partner organisations across the country, from Glasgow to Nottingham. These workshops were open to all. Scarlet was particularly interested in hearing from people who were living in the UK before and after the 1965, 1968 and 1976 Acts.
There will be an exhibition of the art work created during all the of Scarlett’s workshops which will be displayed in the Thamesmead Information Hub from 6 October. The exhibition will then move to the Houses of Parliament in February 2019. Both exhibitions will be free to attend.
If you would like to know more about the First Waves project, please visit Art in Parliament or call 020 7219 3157.