Celebrating the Windrush Generation: A Captivating Photography Exhibition at St John’s Smith Square

To commemorate the remarkable 75th anniversary of the HMT Empire Windrush’s arrival in the UK, we are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated Windrush photography exhibition at the iconic St John’s Smith Square. This captivating showcase, curated by award-winning social documentary photographer Jim Grover, offers a compelling visual narrative titled “Windrush: Portrait of a Generation.” Join us as we delve into the rich cultural heritage, untold stories, and vibrant lives of the Caribbean migrants who shaped the South London community. This free exhibition, marking a significant milestone in history, will be open for public viewing from Thursday 1st to Friday 30th June.

Unveiling the Windrush Generation:

Jim Grover, an acclaimed photographer known for his genuine passion for capturing the essence of people and their communities, embarked on a profound journey that resulted in the remarkable Windrush: Portrait of a Generation series. What began as a humble invitation to play dominoes with the local community evolved into a deeply moving exploration of the lives and traditions of first-generation Caribbean migrants in South London. Grover’s dedication to documenting their daily experiences over the course of a year has resulted in an exhibition that shines a light on the vibrant culture and resilient spirit of this proud community.

Preserving Living History:

With the Windrush generation now in their late 60s to 90s, this exhibition serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of documenting their stories and traditions before they become lost to time. Through Grover’s lens, visitors will witness the enduring legacy of Caribbean migrants in Brixton and Clapham, as their vibrant lives are beautifully immortalized in photographs that capture both the joy and challenges they have faced. Originally exhibited at the renowned Oxo Gallery in London in May 2018, Windrush: Portrait of a Generation received accolades for its emotional depth and intimate portrayal of a community’s collective journey (The Observer).

St John’s Smith Square Exhibition and Launch Party:

Immerse yourself in the vivid narrative of Windrush: Portrait of a Generation at St John’s Smith Square. To celebrate this significant milestone, we cordially invite you to the exhibition launch party on Wednesday 7th June at 6.30pm, held in the atmospheric crypt of St John’s Smith Square. Join us as Jim Grover himself shares his insights and experiences in capturing the essence of the Windrush generation through his lens.

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to witness the power of photography in documenting living history. Visit St John’s Smith Square between Thursday 1st and Friday 30th June to experience the Windrush photography exhibition, a celebration of the Caribbean migrants’ indomitable spirit, their contributions to the South London community, and the broader narrative of cultural heritage in the UK. Let us come together to honor the 75th anniversary of the Windrush and pay homage to the extraordinary legacy of this remarkable generation.

Please note: Due to the ongoing pandemic, we kindly request all visitors to follow the necessary safety guidelines and restrictions in place during their visit.

For more information and updates, please visit the St John’s Smith Square website and join the conversation using hashtags like #WindrushExhibition, #CaribbeanMigrants, and #LivingHistory.