People across the country are being invited to have their say on a new national Windrush monument, as the 4 shortlisted designs have been revealed.
Artists Basil Watson, Jeannette Ehlers, Thomas J Price and Valda Jackson have unveiled their designs for the national Windrush Monument at London Waterloo station. The Monument will be a permanent tribute to a generation of arrivals from the Caribbean to the UK – from the arrival of MV Empire Windrush in 1948 and in the decades that followed. It is expected to be unveiled on Windrush Day 22 June 2022.
The artists, all of Caribbean descent, were shortlisted earlier this year to design a permanent tribute to the Windrush generation to honour how they have enriched our nation’s history.
Each of the artists has created a video unveiling their design for the Monument, which will be located on the station’s upper concourse, and explaining more about their artistic practice.
The public are now being invited to have their say on the artists’ proposals through an online survey. The government is particularly encouraging those of Caribbean descent to take part and share their views on the designs.
The final artist design will be chosen in September by the Windrush Commemoration Committee, considering views from the general public, and will be announced in October during Black History Month. The Monument is expected to be unveiled on Windrush Day 2022.
Chair of the Windrush Commemoration Committee, Baroness Floella Benjamin DBE said:
"It is so exciting to finally see the designs our talented shortlisted artists have put forward for the national Windrush Monument in London Waterloo station.
"Monument will educate and inspire the next generation through the Windrush story. For that reason, it is incredibly important to myself, and the Windrush Commemoration Committee, to hear from young people on what they think of the 4 designs."
Benjamin added, "The Monument will be a place that people can visit from far and wide with their children and families to learn and reflect on the lasting legacy of our Windrush generation."
The public have from Wednesday 14 July to Wednesday 25 August to share their thoughts on the artists’ proposals and participate in an online survey.
Downloadable resources are available to help people of all ages engage and share their feedback.