A visitor viewing the portraits Photo: Ray Duff

By Ray Duff… A small but nevertheless highly interesting new exhibition has just opened at Urban Room, near Folkestone harbour featuring portraits of Caribbean women who live and work in coastal and rural English locations.

Visitors discussing the exhibition Photo: Ray Duff

The exhibition explores how race and the Windrush scandal continue to affect women of colour and how they are not used to being seen in the countryside or coastal towns and villages.

Event organiser and photographer Anita J McKenzie Photo: Ray Duff

The event is curated by Anita J McKenzie who says that often black women and women of colour tend to be marginalised or seen as outsiders or just passing through. However, since Folkestone has a long history of welcoming refugees, including during the First World War and to today, it is a great place to show how people can be affected by stereotyping and biases.

The venue ready for the opening Photo: Ray Duff

During the Open Quarter event on 2-3 July there will be a chance to meet the photographer and share some Caribbean tea.

The exhibition also coincides with another one to mark Refugee Week 2022, being held at the nearby Brewery Tap gallery in Tontine Street from 24 -27 June, and which includes events at other nearby venues.


Other events

Urban Room, Tram Road Car Park – Open Weds – Sun 11am -3pm  21 June – 24 July.

A Sense of Place – Caribbean Women in the Landscape.

Brewery Tap Gallery , Tontine Street 24 -27 June.

‘Origins Untold’- Refugee Week.

Visit the venue for information about the exhibition, music events and the return of the ‘Little Amal’ puppet on the Sunny Sands.

By Ed

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