‘When you look at me, I hope you see… ‘
Throughout the Autumn term, Chol has been working with young people in Kirklees exploring the Windrush generation, with a common theme throughout being the notion of belonging in a multi-cultural Britain, looking at our diversities and celebrating them while honouring our history.
To be seen and be a part of something has been an essential part of these workshops. We were delighted to collaborate with Poet Donavan Christopher, who shared his wonderful poems with Year 3 at Meltham C of E Primary School, and inspired the children to create their own. Through poetry and artwork, they explored prejudice, empathy, kindness and how we would like other people to see us.
College students have also been involved in the Windrush project, using the Windrush documentaries by Milton Brown at KLTV (Kirklees Local TV) as a starting point. The stories shared by the community and young people’s reactions to these stories have inspired brilliant artist Natasha Clarke in her designs for a Windrush mural, with her painting beginning to bring these ideas to life.
Natasha’s artwork draws together the voices and shares the positive impact of culture, music, food and of course, carnival.
On her artwork, Natasha said: “The rich history, which Milton has done an incredible job at capturing in his documentaries, have been an important focus point for this mural. Respecting their stories and experiences whilst looking towards brighter future is what I aim to achieve in the piece. I feel privileged to be creating this art work which I know means a lot for the Windrush Generation and the children and grandchildren of that community. An exciting aspect to this mural is that it is mobile. Which means we can tour it between different events, schools and locations. As an artist and curator I am driven by making art more accessible to those who do not typically visit galleries or museums. This piece has a fantastic advantage of ‘going to people, rather than people coming to us.’”