Windrush artwork

On 22 June, Hackney Council announced that artists Thomas J Price and Veronica Ryan as the winning artists to be commissioned to create two new individual public artworks celebrating and honouring Hackney’s Windrush Generation, the first permanent public sculptures to do so in the UK.

The artworks will be unveiled in 2021, and will be installed in two different locations at the heart of civic and community life in the borough, including outside Hackney Town Hall. The works will serve as a permanent expression of solidarity with the Windrush Generation, a recognition of the hugely significant contribution they have made to life in Hackney and the UK, and will symbolise the ongoing commitment from the borough to provide refuge and welcome to worldwide migrants.

The announcement follows the Council’s decision to launch Review, Rename, Reclaim which reviews the role of statues and the naming of landmarks, street names, parks and other public spaces to ensure they best reflect Hackney’s diversity and history of fighting racism.

From the Windrush Generation? Be a part of the art

We are looking for participants to have their photo taken to inform Thomas J. Price’s sculptures. We are inviting Hackney residents over the age of 18 who are connected to the Windrush generation.

You might be someone who came during the Windrush period and settled in Hackney or a Windrush descendant who is a child or grandchild of a first generation Windrush settler.

Those selected will be photographed and interviewed and may be incorporated into the sculpture work although there will not be a clear likeness of any individual.

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For any queries please contact: info@hackneywindrush.com.

Thomas J Price
Thomas J Price will create large-scale bronze sculptures, which will be placed in the centre of Hackney, outside the Town Hall.

How we chose the artworks

The announcement was made on Windrush Day 2020, and follows an extensive consultation process which began in 2018. Following an initial shortlisting process, the final decision was made by a panel including Hackney residents, Windrush campaigners, artists, architects and local councillors including Cllr Carole Williams – Hackney’s Windrush lead. The panel was chaired by Mark Sealy, director of Hackney-based gallery Autograph ABP, with approval from Mayor Phillip Glanville.

Engagement programme

The project, produced in partnership with Create, is part of the Council’s wider Windrush engagement programme which started in 2018. Working directly with over 3,000 Windrush elders and their descendants on intergenerational activities in areas of arts, heritage, sport, health and education, the programme has given African Caribbean elders a voice and reconnected younger generations with their heritage.

Fundraising

We are now fundraising to realise these commissions. If you are interested in supporting this exciting project, please contact petra.roberts@hackney.gov.uk.

Veronica Ryan
Veronica Ryan will create a series of large marble and bronze sculptures representing Caribbean fruit and vegetables.
One of the proposed sculptures depicting a person connected to the Windrush generation
One of the proposed sculptures depicting a person connected to the Windrush generation
Page updated on: 13 April 2021