UK Parliament artist unveils new portraits in Cardiff


Earlier this year, Artist Scarlett Crawford visited Cardiff to create artworks with local residents focusing on the theme of racial equality, to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Race Relations Act 1968 as part of Parliament’s First Waves project. The portraits are now due to be unveiled as part of Race Council Cymru’s Black History Month Wales 2018 celebrations.

The artworks are due to be shown for the first time during RCC’s Creative Arts Launch which will take place on Saturday 29th September from 11.30am-4.30pm at St Fagan’s National Museum of History. The exhibition will run until 13th October.

The free event will be opened by Vaughan Gething AM and Joyce Watson AM; with performances by Kizzy Crawford and Band, Wahda Placide Duo flex, Melissa Dunkley, SOEL Connect Gospel Choir etc, and an Acapella Choir from Atlantic College.

Further information about the First Waves project

Over the course of her residency, Scarlett held workshops with partner organisations across the country – Race Council Cymru lead a partnership of the Wales wide Black History Wales Network, Swansea Museum, Fusion Programme – City and County of Swansea and St Fagan’s National Museum of History in Cardiff, to create artworks with local people which explore and celebrate the 1965, 1968 and 1976 Race Relations Acts. The workshops took place in Cardiff in June 2018.

The First Waves project is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Race Relations Act.

The artworks created will be exhibited in the community on the 29th of September 2018 at the Black History Month Creative Arts Launch event and then displayed in Parliament for an exhibition in 2019 which will look at the impact of race relations legislation and the stories of the people who fought for change. The Race Council Cymru artworks will then be returned permanently to the community that inspired them.