Celebrating National Windrush Day

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Coinciding with National Windrush Day today, we are thrilled to announce the unveiling of a new artwork by artist Halina Edwards, Flags About Home. The work, which is now on view at Vogue Fabrics Dalston (VFD), navigates the meaning of home through preservation and memory, celebrating the idea of home, and showsHackney as a safe space for the creative and migrant community – namely, the Windrush Generation. 

Halina Edwards, Flags About Home, Vogue Fabrics Dalston

Flags About Home celebrates the home and commemorates Windrush Day – today marking the 73rdanniversary of SS Empire Windrush arriving at Tilbury Docks in Essex in 1948.

London-based fashion designer Martine Rose has created a gift to the Windrush Generation in Hackney: a limited-edition teatowel, designed using patterns taken from her AW19 collection. The prints pay homage to traditional Afro Caribbean kitchen-alia and feature a popular ackee and saltfish recipe. The tea-towels will be gifted to the members of the Windrush Generation, collaborators on the project, and the wider Hackney community. 

Martine established her eponymous label in London in 2007, which is inspired by her Jamaican-British heritage and deep interest and personal involvement in the music and melting-pot cultures of London. Martine Rose said: “It’s an absolute privilege to contribute in a very small way to honour the Windrush generation and show my sincerest gratitude for the sacrifices they made for us. Thank you, elders.”

Also launching today is a new website celebrating the Windrush community  – featuring events, stories, films and support for those affected by the Windrush scandal. HackneyWindrush.com will be the place to discover Windrush-themed events throughout the year including those hosted by the local community thanks to funding from Hackney Council’s Windrush microgrant scheme.

And if you’re in Hackney over the coming weeks, keep an eye out for The Real Selfie Project’s set of limited-edition artworks.

The Hackney Windrush Art Commission created in partnership with Hackney Council. It is supported by Art Fund with additional funding from the Henry Moore Foundation. The public programme is supported by the Freelands Foundation.