Black and British: Back in Time for Brixton

Just finished watching BBC's Back in Time for Brixton as part of their Black and British series and I am left feeling completely inspired by Tiana-Maria Irwin and her family. It's so exciting seeing girls like myself finding and using their voices after being silenced for years in school systems set up against us. For me, facing anything from micro-aggressions to outright racial remarks became part of everyday life during secondary school by teaching staff, fellow students and "friends" alike. While I am in no way saying that these problems have completely vanished now I'm in higher education, but speaking to other young black women like myself and reading the testimonies by young writers like Tiana-Maria have given me the confidence and tools needed to address the problems when they do arise, it's these conversations that keep me feeling hopeful and motived to make more work depicting the experiences of being Black and British.

Parys Gardener

I’m a Bristolian studying illustration and visual communication in London and I like to base my work around both everyday experiences as well as documenting  my journey through life as a black woman of Jamaican decent. I’m interested in identity, sociology and culture and work across a range of mediums.