Events

18 - 20 Jun 2021 / 18th June - 16:00 to 22:00; 19th - 12:00 to 22:00 / 20th June - 12:00 to 18:00
Southbank Centre, Riverside Terrace, Level 2

A departure with no return

‘A departure with no return’ is a touring mural which was commissioned by Counterpoints Arts for Refugee Week 2021.

It launches on Friday 18th June, at Southbank Centre’s Riverside Terrace. (Please note opening times may have changed due to adverse weather this weekend.)

Migrant culture is mostly represented through those who have concluded their journeys – those who have arrived, survived, and settled. The culture testifies the struggles of accepting a new home in a foreign land. And affirms the distance of a homeland, mounting the notion of “origin” as the central piece to the migrant’s spirituality. However, there is a great deal of spirituality and imagination that entails a migrant’s journey – after their departure and before their arrival – that we believe is strongly underrepresented.

The BLKBRD collective desires to pay homage to the labour behind their migrations. Their spiritual imagination which has moulded their impossible journeys.

BLKBRD is a South London based collective of artists. They seek to champion stories and experiences of people who have been sidelined from popular culture. The Collective is concerned with honouring the sacrifices of migrants to Britain today and through out time. From the transatlantic slave trade, to the contemporary
refugee crisis, the Windrush scandal, to the disproportionate BAME death toll for COVID-19. Their aim is to explore the traditionally underrepresented legacies of migration to the UK, and firmly believe that art and community are inseparable. During the COVID-19 lockdown, The Collective created a series of 20+ self-funded murals across a depressed and boarded-up London. The murals form the “Stay Strong!” route, transmit messages of resilience for frontline workers such as paramedics, nurses, transport operators, market staff and the public at large. Following the self-funded mural project, the Collective have delivered public art installations for the National Maritime Museum, New Covent Garden Market and the Royal Drawing School.

BLKBRD are this year’s Counterpoints commissioned artists, as part of our ‘To love, care, breathe… as acts of justice’ commissioning project.

With thanks to our Southbank Centre colleagues for support and collaboration.

18 - 20 Jun 2021
18th June - 16:00 to 22:00; 19th - 12:00 to 22:00 / 20th June - 12:00 to 18:00

Southbank Centre, Riverside Terrace, Level 2

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