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In 2017 the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art established an artist's residency to explore the legacy of the 1965, 1968 and 1976 Race Relations Acts.

Scarlett Crawford was selected as artist in residence for the First Waves project, and has been working with partner institutions across the UK to deliver a series of artistic workshops.

During these workshops, participants are encouraged to share their stories and create artworks which capture their experiences. These community artworks will be exhibited at the partner institutions in autumn 2018, before being shown in Westminster Hall in early 2019.

The project is designed to capture the voices of generations who have been directly impacted by the Race Relations Acts, but who may have had little opportunity to have to be heard in Westminster.

About the Artist

Scarlett Crawford (b. 1982) is a British artist who is passionate about equality and diversity in the arts and education and has worked as an artist and educator within the community and creative industries for the past 10 years.

Visit Scarlett Crawford’s website or follow her on Instagram, @FirstWavesArtist.

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Partner Institutions

Throughout the project, Parliament is working with six partner institutions.

Glasgow Women's Library

Set up in 1991, Glasgow Women’s Library is the only Accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending library, archive collections and innovative programme of public events and learning opportunities. It has recently been shortlisted for the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018.
Find out more at www.womenslibrary.org.uk or follow @womenslibrary on Twitter.

Race Council Cymru

The Race Council Cymru (RCC) is the overarching/umbrella body established in Wales to bring together key organisations which work to combat prejudice, race discrimination, harassment, abuse and violence. RCC will work to promote art, heritage and cultural activities for black and minority ethnic communities across Wales.
Find out more at www.racecouncilcymru.org.uk or follow @rcccymru on Twitter.

Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Contemporary is one of Britain’s largest and leading centres for contemporary art. Opened in November 2009, Nottingham Contemporary is placed on the edge of the historic Lace Market, in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter. Exhibiting four contemporary visual arts exhibitions a year, Nottingham Contemporary is an international art centre with a strong sense of local purpose.
Find out more at http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org or follow on Twitter @Nottm_Contemp.


The Bluecoat is Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts and showcases talent across visual art, music, dance, live art and literature. Bluecoat is home to over 30 creative industries, and provides a hub for people to meet, talk, work, perform, question, create, craft, display and enjoy themselves.
Find out more at http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk or follow @theBluecoat on Twitter.


The Peabody, Thamesmead, is one of the oldest and largest housing associations in London, which delivers an extensive range of community programmes. The Peabody works to provide good quality homes, while working with communities and promoting wellbeing.
Find out more at www.peabody.org.uk or follow @PeabodyLDN on Twitter.

University of Leeds

The University of Leeds, established in 1904, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK. First Waves project is working specifically with the School of Law and the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies to engage with local communities and student groups.
Find out more at www.leeds.ac.uk.


Get involved

Follow the project on Instagram @firstwavesartist
For further information on the project contact the Curator’s Office curator@parliament.uk


Image: Race Relations Act 1965, Parliamentary Archives, HL/PO/PU/1/1965/c73 - Photo: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

Image: Artist Scarlett Crawford meets First Waves partners from Race Council Cymru

Works of Art (Speaker's Advisory Committee)

The Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art is appointed by the Speaker to advise on matters relating to works of art in the House of Commons