Scottish Caribbean writers Jeda Pearl and Courtney Stoddart are co-curating an exhibition of poetry, prose and artworks by people of Caribbean descent. The exhibition will feature new work by Pearl and Stoddart, alongside local contributors, including professional artists, authors, people new to creating art, and their families.
Contributors explored themes of ‘ritual and communal gatherings’ and ‘letters to my lineage’ in workshops led by Pearl and Courtney. Through creative writing and drawing exercises, participants explored themes including sensory experiences and the reimagined self; foods that were loved, missed or hard to find; relationships with the land; conversations with ancestors.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a printed anthology, with copies going to high schools across Edinburgh.
'Windrush Legacy Creative Reflections celebrates and pays homage to the Windrush Generation (arriving 1948 - 1971), the Belizean lumberjacks and Caribbean people who came before and after 1948, and their descendants who made their homes in Scotland. By remembering and celebrating the abundance of cultural contributions and the resilience of our ancestors, while exploring our experiences of life in Scotland today, we can dream into optimistic, anti-racist, and reparative futures' Jeda Pearl
This exhibition builds on the former project 'Respect! Caribbean Life in Edinburgh' which ran from October 2022 to February 2023.
Thanks to partners Edinburgh Caribbean Association, Scottish BPOC Writers Network, Museums & Galleries Edinburgh and Scottish Government.
Saturday 2 December, 2pm at the City Art Centre - Memories of Home: Collage Art Workshop (NB this workshop is for people of Caribbean heritage, Black people and people of colour who grew up in Scotland or migrated and are making their homes in Scotland.)
Saturday 9 December, 2pm at the City Art Centre - Memories of Home: Collage Art Workshop (This workshop is open to all.)
Windrush Legacy Creative Reflections