About the project
Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories is the first site-specific art and sound installation to be held at the Port of Tilbury in Essex and the UK dedicated to people of the Windrush Generation.
It is an immersive visual art experience, installed on 432 panes of glass collaged with photographs, documents, original boat passenger tickets and memorabilia. The artwork is installed in an original passenger walkway 55 metres long.
As you walk through, you can listen to audio stories about the lives of some of the elders whose images are featured in the installation.
Tilbury Port is an iconic location which has an historic significance to the black community in Britain. This artwork is a unique statement memorialising the lives of those people who came from the Caribbean who carried their British passports proudly as British citizens with hope and expectation. They passed through this location as one of the original walkways where SS Empire Windrush passengers, in 1948 arrived. Although many arrived before 1948, those that arrived here were the first large post war wave of British colonial citizens to disembark from the passenger ship at Tilbury Cruise Terminal.
This installation features over 130 people from the Windrush era and their families through photographs, documents and audio, telling stories in their own words of their arrival, the lives and families they created and their contribution to British society. This artwork and soundscape are symbolic and a testimony to those that arrived on SS Empire Windrush and the many that followed that journey to the UK.
Everton Wright (EVEWRIGHT) is a British artist, with parentage from Jamaica. His work is a conscious ‘mash up’ of drawing, sculpture, combined with digital film and live installations. EVEWRIGHT’s work explores the intricate connections between the body and our experience of the modern environment, and he communicates this through bold interactive art, also using urban and rural landscapes as his canvas.
EVEWRIGHT studied graphic design at Middlesex University, received a first class degree and continued on to train as an artist in mixed media painting at Central St Martins College of Art, where he did his foundation. He also trained in film and video production at Four Corners London.
Tilbury Bridge Online Walk & Talk Video Tour – Available now above or at https://www.evewrightarts.org/tilbury-bridge-video-installation
Opens From 22 June 2021
Following months of anticipation Evewright Arts Foundation (EAF) is delighted to announce Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories (TBWM) will open in June 2021. A special school’s event will take place on the 22 June Windrush Day. To mark the public opening of the installation a preview launch will be held on the 26 June. The installation will then open throughout the summer and autumn so the public can experience and enjoy the outdoor artwork in a Covid safe environment. Conceived and created by Artist EVEWRIGHT, TBWM is the first site-specific outdoor art and sound installation to be held at the Port of Tilbury in Essex and the UK dedicated to people of the Windrush Generation. More details of the installation are HERE
EAF will be hosting two special opening events in June 2021 and others to follow.
Windrush Day Essex School Children Event
22 June 2021
Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories will open from 22 June 2021, Windrush Day. EAF along with the Port of Tilbury and The Gateway Learning Community Schools in Essex will host a special invitation only exclusive preview for 350 Essex School children to visit the installation. (This event is not open to the general public.)
Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories Private View Launch
26 June 2021 / 10 – 6pm
The private view launch of the outdoor art and sound installation at Tilbury Port will celebrate the opening of Tilbury Bridge Walkway of Memories to commemorate the lives of the people of the Windrush Generation and the many who contributed stories to the artwork. The family launch day will enable visitors to experience the art and listen to over 25 audio stories on their own devices and enjoy a series of performances. Visitors will also have an opportunity to tour the main terminal on the day.
The launch day will be a limited ticketed event between 10 – 2pm and registration will be required. The venue will then be open to the general public from 2pm-6pm.
Further details on registration for tickets will be posted on www.evewrightarts.org and our social media platforms nearer the time. You can also sign up to our newsletters and follow us on our social media platforms Instagram @Evewrightarts and @evewrightstudio, Twitter @evewrightstudio and Facebook to keep up to date.
Public Opening Times.
From 27 June members of the public can visit the installation Monday – Sunday. Times (TBC). Please share pictures of your visit on our Instagram @evewrightstudio and @evewrightarts.