In West London, Chiswick there is a wicked cool workshop/ shop/ studio space covered in mosaic which is ran by Carrie Riechardt and her team The Treatment Rooms Collective who make political art and craft.
I have over the last 5 years been venturing to and fourth to this area of London to participate in this way of making art and feeling part of something alot bigger than myself, something with meaning and making a difference. Over this time I have been inspired to make art with people through workshops and within the community.
There has always been an awesome project which has needed volunteers to get involved with.
I was fortunate to contribute to some of the creating and touring about of this amazing art car made to raise awareness of political prisoner Kenny Zulu Whitmore. I went to Standon Calling Festival and Shambala Festival last year where we made people aware of the kickstarter campaign created by ‘Wonnish‘ which was to help fund and fuel the completion of this awesome art car. We gave out flyers and much needed information about Zulu.
Brief description below taken from – http://www.widewalls.ch/carrie-reichardt-mosaic-vehicle-zulu-voodoo-liberation-taxi-kickstarter-campaign/
‘The Zulu Shade Never Fades
Carrie Reichardt’s connection to Black Panthers goes a way back. More than fifteen years ago she started writing to people on death rows and political prisoners and many of her correspondences turned into some long-lasting friendships. In her work, she does homage to her friends, commemorating their existence or bringing attention to their mistreatment as a result of their political beliefs. Zulu Shade Never Fades, a tag line for the Liberation Taxi, is her way of telling the world how unjust and cruel the justice system can be. Kenny ‘Zulu’ Whitmore is cruelly punished for the crime he was innocent of, in the process of prejudiced investigation and prosecutorial misconduct, as his lawyers report. Whitmore is charged with murder in 1973, and sentenced to lifetime imprisonment which turned out to be a lifetime in a closed cell because of his membership in the former Black Panther Party.’
Artist ‘Wonnish ‘ member of The Treatment Rooms Collective lead the project at Standon Calling Festival 2015. There was a wooden building built which was going to be The School of Revolution. Here would be a serious of political art workshops giving knowledge to those who wished to seek it about dead revolutionaries and previous revolutions. The mosaic Zulu Vodoo car was also parked up and was very popular for photos and a point of conversation.
Some photos from the mosaic workshops where tomb stones were decorated and placed over in the church yard area of the festival.
Artist ‘Weardoe‘ was in charge of organising graffiti artist to decorate the church yard area of the festival, which ended up looking dope!!
The car toured Shambala and also Boomtown as well as Glatonbury and many other locations including exhibitions and events.
The team all worked incredibly hard to deliver this project and cause and they continue to do so!
Albert Woodfox member of the Angola 3 and Black Panther Party was released this year 2016 in February which was celebrated hugely by many activist working to raise awareness of this injustice served.
“The one thing that used to anger and frustrate me in prison was that I felt I had no voice. So I’m dedicating the rest of my life to being a voice for those still in the hell of solitary confinement – I feel such a great responsibility for them.”
He stays in touch with Kenny “Zulu” Whitmore, who was recently returned to a dormitory block in Angola having spent more than 30 years in solitary. Woodfox also spends a lot of time on the outside with Robert King, another member of the Angola Three, who was freed in 2001. – Taken from article from the guardian, see link below: