Windrush Generations

Windrush Generations is a UWE Bristol project that explores, celebrates and documents the contribution of the Windrush generation in Bristol, British societies and across the African Diaspora. It seeks to give voice to Caribbean elders’ experiences, their resilience and tenacity, highlighting the amazing contribution they have made to the UK multicultural society and across the African diaspora.

Through a series of creative participatory workshops, Black, Asian and minority ethnic students at the University are working collaboratively alongside generations of Caribbean community members to record and document the stories related to their lives in Bristol and Britain. Participants create responses with the elders through visual arts, film, photography or a multidisciplinary artefact or installation.

Workshops run until June, when the project culminates on 22 June for a celebratory event marking Windrush Day. 

Project aims

The project will:

  • highlight issues relating to a sense of belonging and a lack of positive Black role models
  • break down barriers to Black, Asian and minority ethnic students such as creative degrees not being viewed as a valid career compared to science or other subjects
  • champion and represent Black cultures in Bristol and Britain
  • offer Black, Asian and minority ethnic students networking and learning opportunities with leading academics, activists and artists
  • offer a space to understand, listen and work on issues of race, equity, diversity and inclusivity.

Project team

The project is managed by a UWE Bristol team who are part of the Windrush generation or who have family members who are. The programme leads are: 

  • Alisha Airey, an award-winning Black, Asian and minority ethnic Project Coordinator at UWE Bristol who has previously been selected for the 100 Black Power List and Future Leaders Programme
  • Roger Griffith MBE, a writer, producer, educator and social activist
  • Mian Ng, Associate Head of Department (International) in the School of Art and Design, is supporting students and is passionate about using creative tools to empower and share knowledge of issues affecting communities.

The project team are working with community partners who will share their research on different aspects of the migration and how this impacted on second, third, fourth and even fifth generations to give students a better sense of identity.

"Being able to help, understand and work with communities in the Windrush Project is a big step towards unity."

Elijah Gough, Foundation in Art and Design

Elijah Gough Foundation in Art and Design