Youth on board with Black Lives Matter art
When art teacher Rachel Swinburne’s pupils learnt about the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minnesota, they wanted to show their support.
However, Ms Swinburne, who works at Bermuda High School, said: “Attending the peaceful Black Lives Matter march on Sunday is tricky for some of them because of the Covid-19 virus. Ms Swinburne said she created a website to display their artwork on the subject of Black Lives Matter to help them take part. But she said decided to open it to the public so anyone could contribute.
Ms Swinburne added: “This is not a BHS thing. I was quite careful to make sure the website is neutral. This is bigger than the school.”
She said she had contacted other secondary schools and island artists to ask if they wanted to submit work. Ms Swinburne added the website was now live and that there had been “a good, positive response”.
She said she believed that many wanted a way to express their feelings about the Black Lives Matter movement and the website could help.
Ms Swinburne added: “I have had nice support from Peter Lapsley at the Bermuda National Gallery. The galleries are jumping on board. We might do a mural at a later stage and a collaboration. It is a time to reflect. As artists, we use the toolkits we have to get involved and support the cause.”
Ms Swinburne said she hoped the website would grow and give a voice to people. She added: “It is out there with no agenda. I have no plans whatsoever to monetise the website.”
She said she had contacted march organisers Jasmine Brangman and Dynera Bean, and they had agreed to use some of the artwork on their social-media feeds and some of the work would feature during Sunday’s march.
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