Midlands Arts Centre Celebrates Windrush Day 2022

Wed 22 June 2022
John Akomfrah The Unfinished Conversation, 2012 Three channel video installation, 7.1 sound 45 minutes 48 seconds (AKOM120001) © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Smoking Dogs Films and Lisson Gallery.

On Wednesday 22 June, MAC is celebrating the contribution of the Windrush Generation on National Windrush Day. The arts charity will host a social media ‘takeover’ throughout the day, to dedicate their channels to highlights in the programme of events for members of the local community.

Windrush Day marks the anniversary of the arrival of MV Empire Windrush at the Port of Tilbury on 22 June 1948. The ship’s arrival nearly 73 years ago marked a seminal moment in Britain’s history. 

Those who arrived on the Empire Windrush, their descendants, and those who followed them have made and continue to make an enormous contribution to Britain, not just in the vital work of rebuilding the country and public services following WWII, but in enriching our shared social, economic, cultural, and religious life. 

35 projects across the country were awarded a share of £500,00 from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to mark the fourth national Windrush Day which this year is dedicated to honouring, educating and inspiring future generations about the contribution of the Windrush pioneers.  

Communities Minister, Kemi Badenoch MP said: “The Windrush generation have had - and continue to have - a profound impact on Britain’s social, cultural, and economic life and their legacy means so much to so many. 

“As a first-generation immigrant myself, I understand personally how important it is to highlight how much we welcome and celebrate the contributions made by those who choose to make Britain home. 

“I’m so pleased that our funding of events like Midlands Arts Centre’s work with Black elders in Birmingham and others up and down the country, can help everyone remember the leading role the Windrush generation have played in the making of modern Britain” 

With support from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, MAC will deliver a project with Black elders from the local community, which reflects and responds to the venue’s current exhibition John Akomfrah: The Unfinished Conversation.

Deborah Kermode, MAC CEO and Artistic Director, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be a recipient of the Windrush Day Grant Scheme, supported by the Department of Levelling Up. This is towards our fantastic exhibition by John Akomfrah – The Unfinished Conversation, 2012, and it helps towards supporting a really expansive public programme, which MAC is incredibly grateful for.”

See the full list of funded projects here.