Evewright Arts Foundation (EAF) is a not for profit voluntary community organisation. We are passionate to seek out, find and preserve valuable untold stories from marginalised Black communities and present them in informal settings in an innovative and engaging way bringing hard to reach young and older generations together. We value the importance of our community telling their stories in their own voice.
NEW WORKS : NEW FUTURE
TILBURY WALKWAY OF MEMORIES
Tribute to the Windrush Generation and Legacy:  

Evewright Arts Foundation (EAF) is pleased to announce that artist EVEWRIGHT will create TilburyBridge Walkway of Memories a unique outdoor site specific Art Installation at Tilbury Cruise Terminal  Essex between September - October 2020. This outdoor art and sound installation will be launched in Art Autumn and as part of Black History Month as we emerge out of isolation to bring this important work to you. This has been a time to reflect on the impact of Covid -19 and how, through this artwork, we respond to commemorate and memorialise the lives of the Windrush Generation and their legacy. 
The bridge will be a memory walk of images and documents installed on 552 panes of glass representing the lives of Windrush pioneers and descendants. The installation features  a  soundscape of new and existing audio stories that visitors can download on to their devices using QR codes. The Tilbury Bridge installation will be used as a back drop to a series of live performances from selected artistic practitioners curated by Artist EVEWRIGHT. The theme of 'Transition for renewal' will be explored through experimental drawing, sound, movement, and words. 
Caribbean elders were once the key workers that kept the National Health Service, public transport and the factories working, a role which many of their descendants now fill. This period has sadly seen a significant loss of Caribbean elders and black key workers who have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 virus.
YOUR STORIES
Families of the Windrush generation will be invited to submit an image of their parents / grandparents or elders taken between the 1950's-1970's of key moments such as passport, wedding or photographs in their work uniforms. The hi-resolution image should be sent with 50 words including the person's name and career. They will form part of the artist's installation on the bridge so that their lives can be commemorated. The call out will be launched online on Windrush Day June 22nd. For advanced information on how you can submit your images please send an email to hello@evewrightstudio.com
EVEWRIGHT developed the original  Caribbean Takeaway Takeover  to create  Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories a new installation brought to Tilbury Port an iconic location which has an historic significance to the black community. This artwork is a unique statement memorialising the lives of those that carried their British passports proudly with hope and expectation as they passed through the original walkway where SS Empire Windrush passengers, in 1948 arrived.  They were the first post war wave of British colonial citizens to disembark from the passenger ship at Tilbury Cruise Terminal and this location is symbolic of the many that followed that journey to the UK.  

STRATEGY FOR THE FUTURE
As part of EAF's new development and online strategy Arts Council England (ACE) has awarded our organisation Emergency Response Funding that will help support our sustainability. This will be an exciting phase where we can broaden our reach to new audiences. We are passionate to seek out, find and preserve valuable untold stories from marginalised Black communities. We will present them across multiple online platforms and settings in an innovative and engaging way to reach people from young and older generations in spaces and  settings where they can experience art that is relevant to their lives. We value the importance of our community telling their stories in their own voice.
EAF has been awarded a Windrush Day Grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to contribute to the  Tilbury Walkway of Memories installation. This amazing outdoor site-specific art and sound project aim to educate, celebrate and commemorate the lives of Windrush Pioneers and will be available for the public to share and enjoy.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
We would like to thank all our partners and funders. This was only made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, MHCLG Central Government funding and the following organisations: Forth Ports Tilbury,  Thurrock CVS, One Community Trust, Tilbury on the Thames, ACME studios, Tilbury Riverside studio and our staff and volunteers.



CARIBBEAN TAKEAWAY TAKEOVER: IDENTITIES AND STORIES POP-UP EXHIBITION. AT THE MIGRATION MUSEUM LONDON | 30 MAY - 30 JUNE 2019

For a limited time only, the inspired art and sound installation Caribbean Takeaway Takeover: Identities and Stories pop-up exhibition will be at the Migration Museum in London 30th May - 30th June 2019. The programme will include a Caribbean Activity day and spoken word event on the 22nd June as part of the countrywide Windrush Day celebrations. An education workshop will be programmed and on 27th June an Artist Talk will be held as part of the Museum’s TalkART Lates series. This project is in partnership with the Migration Museum and supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
The installation features limited edition photo etchings of twelve Windrush Generation elders produced by Artist EVEWRIGHT along with audio interviews complied by his team at Evewright Arts Foundation (EAF). The art installation is an immersive experience with walls and table tops covered in vinyl’s with photographs and documents of participants to reflect their lives and memories. This pop-up exhibition will take place at the migration museum in Lambeth. 
The Caribbean take away is an important cultural meeting place in the Caribbean community. A home from home, the kitchen is where meals are prepared, but also where stories are exchanged and shared. Going back to African roots, cooking and the Dutch pot or cooking pot was the central place for the family activity. The takeaway has just as much cultural importance as the barbershop and the hairdressing salon for black communities living and working in the UK. S&S Caribbean Takeaway in Essex was the original takeover location for the art installation which will now be brought to London at the migration museum.
The Breathing space café at the museum will be taken over, repurposed and transformed into an art installation where sound recordings of these Windrush Pioneers will be played throughout the day. Listen to Alford Gardner’s experience on the Empire Windrush in 1948, hear how these elders tackled racism, and how through their perseverance and resilience they were able to overcome barriers to make a life in Britain and the impact they have made on Britain today. 
One of our Windrush elders who took part in the project said.
“This is an excellent idea to keep history alive. Black people need to know where they come from, to help them to move forward.” Carol Sydney.
Visitors will be encouraged to commemorate their own parent’s arrival by adding their own stories to passport postcards on our memorial wall. 
Or comment online at 
Further information
For further information, images of selected photo etchings and for interviews please contact Ionie Richards Email: ionie@evewrightstudio.com  or  Tel: +44 (0) 8450 542 305   
Evewright Art Foundation Studio 204, High House Artist Studios, Artisan Way, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1TT. visit our website http://www.evewright.com/eaf
Follow us on twitter @evewrightstudio

THE PROJECT
Evewright Arts Foundation (EAF) decided to take over and appropriate the only Caribbean owned takeaway in Colchester Essex in June 2018 in order to create an exciting art and sound installation to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the landing of the SS Empire Windrush in Tilbury Essex in June 1948.
Ten selected Caribbean elders who arrived in the UK between the 1940’s-1960’s
volunteered to share their stories with the public using voice and sound recordings. Their stories revealed their journeys, their lives in Britain today, the impact of their contribution to British society and the legacy they will each leave behind.
Artist EVEWRIGHT created a further intervention in the takeaway café space creating
special limited-edition portraits of the participants using photo etching as a medium. This project, Caribbean Takeaway Takeover Identities and Stories, was displayed in a free exhibition which was open to the public at S&S Caribbean Café Takeaway, a working café, and focus for the black community in Colchester.
The space was taken over, repurposed and transformed into art installation where sound recordings of the elder’s stories were played throughout the day during the project period. The takeaway continued to function as an eatery allowing visitors an opportunity to sample Caribbean cuisine. The installation remained in situ for a further month.

OUTCOME
This was an art and sound installation of stories from ten Caribbean elders that went on display at S&S Caribbean Takeaway, 39 St John Street Colchester this summer. A private view took place on the 21 June 2018 and the opening weekend took place on the Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 th June 2018.
See latest BBC Video interview
BBC News East interviewed Lenore Sykes one of the elder who participated in the art and sound installation and EVEWRIGHT the Creative Director & Artist.  Hear them speak about their experiences on the links below:
EAF recruited volunteers to assist in the project and ten elders were interviewed. Each
recording was edited to provide ten x 10-minute extracts which was played over a 2-hour period on the opening Saturday 23 June and daily thereafter. An extended 30 minutes longer version was played over 5 hours on Sunday 24 June of the opening weekend.
Ten photo-etchings were produced by creative director Artist Evewright (Everton Wright) of each of the participants and innovative wall and table vinyls produced to capture the past and present lives of each elder to make the café an immersive living archive.
EAF also created passport postcards which visitors to the installation filled in and posted their migration stories to a memory board in the café. These will also be shared online. This was a very popular activity and tool for sharing stories.

A further special elders’ luncheon was held on the 26 th June 2018 to celebrate participants and other invited elders of the Windrush Generation. The installation was due to end on the 22 July 2018 but due to the level of interest the exhibition stayed open for an additional week which ended on the 29 th July 2018.

Why the project was located in a Caribbean Takeaway

The Caribbean take away is an important cultural meeting place in the Caribbean
community. A home from home, the kitchen is where meals are prepared, but also where stories are exchanged and shared. Going back to African roots, cooking and the Dutch pot or cooking pot was the central place for the family activity. The takeaway has just as much cultural importance as the barbershop and the hairdressing salon for black communities living and working in the UK. This was the first time such an exhibition was hosted in this unique setting giving a platform to people whose untold stories could be shared with the wider community. This was very successful attracting many people including hard to reach members of the public who would not have gone to a formal setting such as a gallery or a dedicated space to see the installation.
Further information

For images of selected photo etchings and for interviews please contact Ionie Richards Email: ionie@evewrightstudio.com or Tel: +44 (0) 8450 542 305
Back to Top