Hackney Windrush Art Commission

Hackney Windrush Art CommissionA major new artwork for Hackney Town Hall Square

We are working with Hackney Council and the Genesis Foundation to commission a new permanent public artwork that will celebrate and honour Hackney’s Windrush Generation. The artwork will be installed outside Hackney Town Hall, at the heart of civic and community life in the borough.

In August 2018, Hackney became the first council in the UK to pass a comprehensive motion regarding the Windrush generation, pledging to oppose the criminalisation of Windrush families, calling for an end to the ‘hostile environment’ policies and for support for those who have been affected by them. Marking this commitment, Hackney Council will commission an artist of national significance and with Afro-Caribbean heritage to develop a permanent public artwork for Hackney Town Hall Square.

An engagement programme led by the council in collaboration with Create and Autograph will underpin and support the development of the artwork and create an ongoing dialogue with local residents. To date, this has included workshops with local schools and elders in Hackney with strong links to the Windrush generation.

The three final proposals, by artists Veronica Ryan, Thomas J Price and Hew Locke & Indra Khanna are now on show at libraries and community centres around the borough, with local residents invited to offer feedback and opinions on which artwork they would like to see commissioned.  A panel that includes local Councillors, Hackney residents, Windrush campaigners, artists and architects and chaired by Mark Sealy MBE, the Director of Hackney-based gallery Autograph, will take on board local feedback and make a final decision in the new year.

Residents are now invited to view and comment on the proposals at sites across Hackney, including Hackney Central Library and the CLR James Library from Monday 25 November to Monday 20 January. The proposals can also be seen online here.

Feedback on the three proposals can also be sent to: windrushartwork@hackney.gov.uk.