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‘Still Holding On’ is a collage of photographs and drawings of children of the Windrush generation and is being exhibited on Dreamland’s large outdoor billboard in Margate, Kent.

The images are set against an English oak backdrop, which Jackson describes as being “symbolic of tradition, permanence and home”. As a child immigrant of the generation herself, Jackson travelled with her sisters to join her parents in England from Jamaica at the age of five.

Jackson comments: “The piece has a cut and paste quality, reflecting what has been revealed to be the precarious nature of those who are part of this generation’s status in this country.”

“The image poses uncomfortable questions around identity, belonging, responsibility, innocence and vulnerability. It explores contemporary issues around Britain’s role in Europe, the commonwealth and the world, and highlights the neglected and vulnerable victims of prejudice, nationalism and ignorance.”

Rebecca Ellis, Senior Creative Producer at Dreamland said: “We are incredibly proud to have Valda’s piece on display at Dreamland. It is hugely powerful and is an important next step in the Mural-by-the-Sea project. Our commissions so far have been hugely popular with visitors and it’s great to now be turning to artists all over the country to get involved.