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Tate Celebrates Caribbean stories through poster campaign

Tate has taken over London’s billboards…

Starting this week, Tate is taking over billboards and buildings across London, shining a light on the stories and celebrating places connected to London’s Caribbean cultural heritage. Devised as a community-led extension of Tate Britain’s Life Between Islands: Caribbean British art 1950s – now exhibition, the campaign will run until 6 March. This free, pop-up campaign features a host of personal, poignant, and never-before-heard testimonies from 20 leading artists, creatives, community leaders and members of Tate’s BAME staff network including Turner Prize and Academy Award winner Sir Steve McQueen CBE and fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner.

Over 40 markets, cinemas, clubs, restaurants, libraries, and community centres across the city are highlighted. Visitors are invited to hear the stories of those who have loved and used them, and how they have shaped London’s Caribbean communities, spanning the Stuart Hall Library in Pimlico to Dalston’s Ridley Road Market and Notting Hill’s Leamington Road Villas. Neil Kenlock, recently awarded an MBE, underscores the importance of the Black Cultural Archives and Brixton Market, whilst Wyn Baptiste, Director and Producer, and the son of one of Notting Hill Carnival early organisers, shares why ‘Trini Hill’, a corner of the Brunel Estate near Westbourne Park is his favourite festival spot. Photographer Ingrid Pollard reflects on summers spent working at Crystal Palace Farm whilst photographer Dennis Morris shares the moment he first met the iconic reggae artist Bob Marley.

Inspired by English Heritage’s Blue Plaque scheme, each location is visible through a billboard, pasted-up poster, or floor vinyl sticker – featuring exclusive anecdotes from each contributor. It has been made possible thanks to media space kindly provided by Jack Arts, the project’s media partner. The campaign will be live for two weeks, with a map outlining the locations and stories available to download on Tate’s website below:

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