'Thank You', Limited Edition Print, 2020
As we continue to learn more and more about the Windrush generation, I wanted to create a piece of work that honoured these brave people, for coming when we needed them. I wanted to reinforce the welcome that has not always been apparent and I wanted to say ‘Thank You”.
In 2018, the ‘Windrush Scandal’ saw scores of people wrongly detained, denied legal rights, threatened with deportation, and wrongly deported by the UK Home Office.
Many had been born as British citizens and were granted the right to settle in the UK by the British Nationality Act 1948. Those legal rights meant that those migrated neither needed nor were given any documents upon entry to the UK. When the Conservative government introduced their ‘hostile environment’ policies in the early 2010s, many of the Windrush generation, technically undocumented, fell foul of new immigration policies. This led to hundreds of people who had lived in Britain their whole lives, contributing to society in a plethora of ways – being wrongly deported, detained and denied legal rights by the Home Office.