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First Waves event, January 2019

28 January 2019

Following a series of regional exhibitions which took place across the country at participating partner institutions, in January 2019 the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art hosted an event to the Celebrate the First Waves exhibition in Parliament.

 

This event marked the culmination of the First Waves project, which saw artist-in-residence Scarlett Crawford work with community groups to reflect on the legacy of the 1965, 1968 and 1976 Race Relations Act. Working with six partner institutions, Crawford created participatory artworks with over 200 community members.


The project resulted in the series of portrait photographs, previously displayed separately across England, Scotland and Wales, being exhibited together in Westminster for the first time.


To mark this culmination of the project, over 130 participants from Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham, Swansea and Thamesmead attended a special event in Parliament. On Tuesday 15th January 2019 the participants shared their experiences of the project and viewed the exhibition with David Lammy MP, representative of the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art.

Artist Scarlett Crawford with David Lammy MP at the First Waves event, January 2019

First Waves event, January 2019

First Waves event, January 2019


The exhibition will be on display in Westminster Hall until 13th February 2019.


For more information on the First Waves project, visit www.parliament.uk/firstwaves


Images: First Waves event, 15th January 2019, copyright Parliamentary Art Collection

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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

First Waves

Find out about the First Waves project exploring the 1965, 1968 and 1976 Race Relations Acts