WINDRUSH PROJECT: THE ARRIVAL
Building upon the success of Windrush Project 2014, we adapted the framework to work within a school setting.
With support from the Brixton Learning Collaborative, we enrolled St Jude's CE Primary School, Lambeth to participate in the 8 week project - a change from our shorter length projects.
For this project we used a picture book as a creative stimulus to explore the hopes and aspirations of the Windrush Generation.
The chosen book, KS2 picture book 'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan, is ‘a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope.’
The project explored the protagonist's journey and related that to the struggles of the Windrush Generation using drama, physical theatre and devising techniques. A literacy element was added to the project in the form of creative, follow-on activities devised by Arts Bridge and delivered by class teachers in order to further develop activities explored within the session.
The project culminated in a school assembly performance in which the children performed their responses to ‘The Arrival’, inspired buy the legacy of the Windrush Generation.