TILBURY WALKWAY OF MEMORIES
Tribute to the Windrush Generation and Legacy:
EVEWRIGHT Arts Foundation (EAF) is pleased to announce that artist EVEWRIGHT will create Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories a unique outdoor site-specific Art Installation at Tilbury Cruise Terminal Essex between September – October 2020.
This outdoor art and sound installation will be launched in Art Autumn and as part of Black History Month as we emerge out of isolation to bring this important work to you. This has been a time to reflect on the impact of Covid -19 and how, through this artwork, we respond to commemorate and memorialise the lives of the Windrush Generation and their legacy.
The bridge will be a memory walk of images and documents installed on 552 panes of glass representing the lives of Windrush pioneers and descendants. The installation features a soundscape of new and existing audio stories that visitors can download on to their devices using QR codes. The Tilbury Bridge installation will be used as a back drop to a series of live performances from selected artistic practitioners curated by Artist EVEWRIGHT. The theme of ‘Transition for renewal’ will be explored through experimental drawing, sound, movement, and words.
Caribbean elders were once the key workers that kept the National Health Service, public transport and the factories working, a role which many of their descendants now fill. This period has sadly seen a significant loss of Caribbean elders and black key workers who have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 virus.
Families of the Windrush generation will be invited to submit an image of their parents / grandparents or elders taken between the 1950’s-1970’s of key moments such as passport, wedding or photographs in their work uniforms. The hi-resolution image should be sent with 50 words including the person’s name and career. They will form part of the artist’s installation on the bridge so that their lives can be commemorated. The call out will be launched online on Windrush Day June 22nd. For advanced information on how you can submit your images please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
EVEWRIGHT developed the original Caribbean Takeaway Takeover to create Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories a new installation brought to Tilbury Port an iconic location which has an historic significance to the black community. This artwork is a unique statement memorialising the lives of those that carried their British passports proudly with hope and expectation as they passed through the original walkway where SS Empire Windrush passengers, in 1948 arrived. They were the first post war wave of British colonial citizens to disembark from the passenger ship at Tilbury Cruise Terminal and this location is symbolic of the many that followed that journey to the UK.