Kirklees Windrush Mural Project
Chol unveiled their large-scale mobile Windrush Mural in Kirklees, a culmination of a six-month Windrush Generation project, presented in collaboration with Milton Brown of Kirklees Local Television (KLTV) and artist Natasha Clarke.
The mural was developed through creative workshops with young people, ranging from ages 6-18 years, in schools across Kirklees.
Mural artist Natasha Clarke collaborated with poet Donavan Christopher to deliver the sessions, exploring themes of prejudice, empathy and kindness. Clarke and Christopher also worked with college students using local people’s stories filmed by Milton Brown at KLTV as a starting point.
The young people’s reactions to these stories inspired Clarke in her designs for the Windrush mural. The mural features a balance of representation, so those connected to the Windrush generation can relate to it, as well as other communities in the area. The mural is painted on mobile boards enabling Chol to tour it to different events, schools and neighbourhoods.
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