Mural to Remember the 1981 Brixton Uprising

by Jacob V Joyce in London, England, United Kingdom

Mural to Remember the 1981 Brixton Uprising
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On 9th May 2021 we successfully raised £5,930 with 234 supporters in 28 days

Complete a historic public artwork that documents marginalised histories and support black artists to keep making important work!

by Jacob V Joyce in London, England, United Kingdom

To remember the 40th anniversary of the 1981 Brixton Uprisings, we are painting a huge mural on Railton Road on a wall of the new 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning building.

We are fundraising to:

  • Complete a historic public artwork that documents marginalised histories 

  • Support black artists to live and keep making important work! 

  • Make a limited edition print run of the mural design 

  • Amplify radical black histories through a learning resource

We are asking for your support to make that happen, and to insure the artists working with us are compensated for their labour.  198 Contemporary Arts and Learning has been able to support us with £1000 + some materials to get this project off the ground, but we need more funds to complete the work and to make the kind of statement of remembrance that this event deserves.  The money we have received so far has covered two artists to be able to work on 6 days of painting. This has meant that they have done a significant amount of work and we are running out of funds to continue to pay them.  To add to this covid restrictions has meant that we have to work as a much smaller team than we usually would.   

About the mural:

The events of the 10th, 11th and 12th of April 1981 have incredible significance for black people in Britain, as young people took to the streets to express their frustrations with racism, inequality and police harassment. The events that unfolded brought to light the deep and  unquestionable, continuing effects of systemic racism.  Our hope is that this mural will act as an opportunity for community action and reflection,  as well as being something that young people can see and learn from. 

About the artists : 

Jacob V Joyce is an artist, educator and researcher with a community facing practice that amplifies historical and nourishes new queer/anti-colonial narratives. 

Monique Jackson is an artist whose work focuses on representing medical, socio-political and human rights issues. 

Assisting artist are Ailsa Yexley, Buki Bayode and Sola Olulode 

Any additional funds will be set aside to launch a mural cooperative so we can continue telling stories of resistance through community facing art and change the landscape of this country. 

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