A youth solidarity T-shirt project has begun at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in collaboration with M-Unit, funded by #CelebrateNationalLottery25
The project is asking young people of colour, and allies, to submit T-shirt designs in celebration of free speech. These designs can share personal thoughts, views, stories, or a statement of solidarity. A selection of the t-shirt submissions will be displayed at Tullie House to amplify the important messages that are submitted. It is hoped the project will start useful conversations and connect people in positive ways around the vital topics of ethnicity, equality, and racism.
M-Unit is a community interest group aiming to bring together Carlisle's black and minority ethnic community to educate people, increase visibility and celebrate diversity. They are working with Tullie House in a special project funded by the Celebrate National Lottery Community fund to support and amplify the voices of young people of colour.
The project comes at a time when Tullie House Museum begins to further explore its collections and the region’s history to uncover stories of black people in Cumbria and ensure that these are recorded.
Lindsey Atkinson, Community & Young People Coordinator and Trustee of M-Unit said: “We were inspired by the powerful messages we saw on hand-held signs at the Carlisle Black Lives Matter peaceful protest. We want to reach more people, hear what young people have to say and take their statements to a wider audience. While we cannot hold practical workshops or physically bring people together right now, this project allows us to connect people in an alternative way. The exhibition will show how powerful our voices can be, together.”
Each T-shirt design submitted will be displayed on both the Tullie House and M-Unit websites. Thirty of the designs, will then be chosen, printed and displayed at a special exhibition within the museum in August 2020.