Windrush Day: Make Your Own Carnival!

Sat, 22 June 2019 11:30 – 13:00

11.30 – 1.00pm (drop-in)
Windrush Day: Make Your Own Carnival!
Art of the Caribbean with John Lyons

Come and make your own Caribbean style carnival masks and headpieces with award winning artist and poet John Lyons. This is a free drop-in event for families, suitable for ages 6+

Want to show off your design? Join us at 1.00 – 2.00pm when there’ll be music after the workshop; wear your Carnival masks and headpieces, and dance to live music from the Phase 5 Steelpan Band!

Free event but booking essential.

Please let us know how many children and adults are in family group.
Parents must accompany their children throughout the workshop.

More about John

Trinidad-born John Lyons is a Windrush Arts Achievement Award winner, a prize-winning poet and a recognized painter. He has seven published collections of poems and a cookery book, ‘Cook-up in a Trini Kitchen’. His most recent collection of poems for children was short-listed by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (Clpe): CLIPPA Award 2016. He has contributed to numerous poetry anthologies and his poems are included in the Poetry Archive. As a creative writing tutor he has worked for the Arvon Foundation on several occasions.

As an artist, John has exhibited nationally and internationally; his paintings and prints are privately collected and are represented in national public collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Arts Council National Collection, Rochdale Gallery ‘Touchstones’ and Huddersfield Public Art Gallery.

Windrush Day in Chelmsford
Saturday 22 June 11.00am – 3.30pm

This event is part of our Windrush Day celebrations at Essex Record Office on 22 June. All are welcome to join us and celebrate Afro-Caribbean culture with a day of food, music, dance, poetry and art. Pop in for live music from the Phase 5 Steelpan Band, food from Jerk Station, plus a programme of exciting talks and films, a family drop-in workshop and a pop-up exhibition. The event will be hosted by our compere, Lawrence Walker, Chair of Black History Month Colchester.

Read about the whole day’s programme here: