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CARIBBEAN TAKEAWAY TAKEOVER: IDENTITIES & STORIES POP-UP INSTALLATION AT THE MIGRATION MUSEUM LONDON

OPEN DAY | 23 NOVEMBER 2019 |12pm-6pm

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Did you miss our Caribbean Takeaway Takeover installation at the Migration Museum over the summer? Or do you want to see it again with friends and family? Well  the museum has a special opening on Saturday 23 November from 12pm-6pm. Free to the public. It will be the last chance for visitors to see the full  installation in its current setting at the Migration Museum. Immerse yourself in the space, see the artwork, listen to the elders stories and tell us your migration story on our passport postcards and post on our memory wall or online. www.caribbeantakeawaytakeover.wordpress.com

For more info and directions to the Migration Museum go to www.migrationmuseum.org  Outside this open day, group visits by appointment only until the end of November. To arrange a group visit, please email info@migrationmuseum.org.

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Caribbean Takeaway Takeover: Identities and Stories pop-up Exhibition. At the Migration Museum London
30 May – 28 July 2019 

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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-28 July 2019. The programme will include a Caribbean Activity day and spoken word event on the 22 June as part of the countrywide Windrush Day celebrations. An education workshop will be programmed and on 27thJune 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 Art installation features limited edition photo-etchings of twelve Windrush Generation elders produced by Artist EVEWRIGHT along with audio interviews compiled by his team at Evewright Arts Foundation (EAF). The installation is an immersive experience with walls and tabletops 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 takeaway 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

https://caribbeantakeawaytakeover.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/beautiful-stories/

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The exhibition continues Tues – Sat (12pm-8pm) Sun (12pm – 4pm)                          LAST CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE OUR WINDRUSH GENERATION ART & SOUND SITE SPECIFIC INSTALLATION. THE EXHIBITION NOW EXTENDED FOR A LIMITED PERIOD in AUGUST DUE TO PUBLIC DEMAND. 

Note the Cafe will be closed the weekend of 4th-5th August 2018 due to Jamaica Independence day celebrations and will reopen on Tuesday 7th August 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:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-essex-45008717/west-indian-lives-celebrated-at-cafe-exhibition

https://twitter.com/BBCLookEast/status/1023883791943774209

Legacy

Caribbean Takeaway Takeover art and sound installation took Colchester by storm this summer!  For a limited period, the audio and photo etchings will remain in situ due to the continued demand from the public who will be able to visit the venue to enjoy the installation.

This unique installation took over S&S Caribbean Café from the opening weekender on the 23-24 June-  22 July.  It has now been extended for a limited period due to public interest.  During this period we also hosted a Caribbean Elders Luncheon which was hugely successful with elders who participated in the exhibition and  Hibiscus Caribbean Elders Association from East London coming together to meet for the first time and share stories. We have seen a diverse range of people of all race, age and nationalities attend from across Essex, London, Ipswich, Birmingham and further afield as the installation has struck a chord with the public.

As part of the legacy of the project Evewright Arts Foundation (EAF) will donate the wall and table art vinyls to the café. These are the collage of images of the lives,  journey’s, official and personal documents of the elders who participated in the project. They will be a permanent living archive and reminder of the contribution that these ten Windrush pioneers have made to society.

The 30 minute audio will be placed in Essex Records Office for the public to access free from October 2018.

Future Plans

The future plans are that the ten photo-etchings of the elders will be removed from the Cafe to go on tour to other venues around the UK.  EAF will also be seeking to recreate the concept in other locations.