Thamesmead art makes waves in Westminster. Picture of Peabody residents from Thamesmead.

Peabody and the House of Commons recently worked with artist Scarlett Crawford on a special project to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Race Relations Act.

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Scarlett led "First Waves", a UK-wide project to capture the voices of the people who have been most affected by the Act. The project encouraged communities across the country to come together to share their memories of life in the UK over the past 50 years and celebrate those who have made a difference in their communities.

Thamesmead voices

Three workshops were held in September with the Irish, African and Chinese communities in Thamesmead. People came along to share their views about race through drawings, photography, and recorded interviews. It was a great opportunity for those who took part to have their voices heard in Westminster.

The artworks created from these workshops and others across the country are now on display in the Houses of Parliament.

Parliamentary visit

Earlier this month 35 residents from Thamesmead went along to the opening of the exhibition in the Houses of Parliament. They were accompanied by Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce and David Lammy MP, who sits on the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art.

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Peabody residents outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London

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Peabody residents from Thamesmead with David Lammy MP (centre)

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L-R: Kemi Lofinmakin, Assistant Head Of Neighbourhoods with Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce

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Find out more

The exhibition is on until 13 February. You can see some of the artwork from Thamesmead on Scarlett Crawford’s website. If you want to visit the exhibition, you can book tickets by calling 020 7219 3157.