Group Exhibition
11 February 2022

Denzil Forrester features in 'Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce’

London Transport Museum, London, England

'Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce’ celebrates the contribution Caribbean people have made to transport in London and British culture more widely. The exhibition explores the struggles and triumphs many of these individuals and their families experienced as they moved halfway across the world from the Caribbean to the UK.

Stories include memories from first, second and third generation Caribbean people who worked for London Transport (LT) or still work for Transport for London (TfL). The exhibition also focuses on the influence Caribbean culture has had on the Capital and beyond. From iconic events such as Notting Hill Carnival to the development of the large-scale artwork for TfL’s Art on the Underground programme at Brixton Tube station, this exhibition acknowledges the positive impact Caribbean communities have had on the UK, inspiring the visual arts and influencing the way we live, work and play.

The presentation features Denzil Forrester’s sketch for ‘Brixton Blue’ alongside the film and other materials from Forrester’s 2019 commission for ‘Art on the Underground’, a large-scale public artwork for Brixton station. For his first major UK public commission, Forrester reinterpreted his seminal work ‘Three Wicked Men’ (1982), now in the collection of Tate, London, into an immersive, large-scale painting. The mural responded to the diverse narratives of the murals from the 1980s, the rapid development of the area and the wider social and political history of mural making.

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