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‘Imaging The Islands’ trip to Bristol 25.03.17 – Slave Trade Trail & Lubaina Himid Art Exhibition at Spike Island

I am doing a course in Cardiff University called ‘Imaging The Islands’. The course is about the Francophone Caribbean and the various ways in which it is represented. The course has its own tumblr page here – Led by our teacher, Charlotte Hammond , a group of students headed over to Bristol. It was sunny and hot and we started off our day by undertaking the Bristol Slave Trade trail. Bristol was an important slaving port of the British Empire and the remnants of this controversial trade can still be seen today in monuments throughout the city centre. We downloaded the Slave Trade Trail audio tour guide and plugged in our headphones and set out on a long walk across the town. Although we only managed to complete about half of the full trail, here are some photos of our adventures.                                 That was as far as we got on the slave trade trail – we covered about half of it so will have to finish the rest on another occasion. It was truly enlightening just to see how much of the city had been built up on the slave industry. Now, It was on to the Harbour for a quick bit to eat…. Managed to find a plaque commemorating slavery… And then, just in time for the start of a guided tour we arrived at Spike Island…. We had come to visit the exhibition by Lubaina Himid. Lubaina was a member of the Black Arts Movement of the 1980s, her work tackles questions of race, gender and class. This exhibition draws together paintings and installations from the late 1990s to the present day to consider issues of labour, migration and creativity. We were interested in her representations of slavery and her artistic thinking as we consider artistic representations of the Francophone Caribbean. I took two videos of the bigger exhibits and photos of the rest…. Lubaina Himid – Naming the Money A post shared by Wesley Gerrard (@djwezg) on Mar 25, 2017 at 7:59am PDT   Lubaina Himid- ‘Cotton.com’ A post shared by Wesley Gerrard (@djwezg) on Mar 25, 2017 at 8:12am PDT                           The art was very awe-inspiring and a good day out culminated in us all getting some good insight into the ways that…

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Cardiff student tells of sectioning nightmare – from Gair Rhydd – Cardiff University student newspaper

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Cardiff student tells of sectioning nightmare Posted in News by Alexander Norton on March 3, 2015 http://cardiffstudentmedia.co.uk/gairrhydd/news/cardiff-student-tells-sectioning-nightmare/ A mature student has revealed to Gair Rhydd details of eighteen turbulent years as a mental health patient. Wesley Gerrard, 37, is currently studying Translation at Cardiff University’s School of Modern Languages – but for nearly two decades his academic career has been disrupted by a series of detainments. Gerrard claimed that his extensive experiences with the system have been far from positive and provoked him to set up the campaign site ‘endofterror.org’. The site aims to raise awareness of his experiences – but this in itself has brought him problems. “As soon as I started publishing stories on ‘endofterror’, I’ve had major police involvement. I came to realise it was dangerous to publish this sort of thing,” he said. In all, the part-time DJ claimed to have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act on “fifteen to twenty” occasions. He claimed that his encounters with mental health services started when he was studying for an undergraduate degree in Geography at University College London in 1997. “I ran into some trouble in London and when I came home, my parents forced me to go to an outpatient appointment. “Since then I haven’t really progressed or gotten out of the system.” He said that he was discouraged from undertaking further education by the fact that they “wouldn’t let me out of hospital to complete my exams [and] sectioned me whilst I was preparing my dissertation”. Despite this, he re-entered higher education with the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning in around 2008, and subsequently progressed to undertake a full degree. However, he still had encounters with mental health authorities – until an academic “would not accept me pulling out of classes and put me in touch with disability advisor.” “They said: ‘enough is enough, we’re not going to have this student’s life ruined anymore’. It made me very happy knowing I was going to get some protection from Cardiff University.” The University’s intervention reportedly caused the mental health authorities to “lay off me”, and despite averaging a sectioning a year he came to an agreement with mental health authorities “not to disrupt his studies for three years”. However, over the festive period he once again found himself incarcerated at St. Caldcot’s Hospital – and was accused by the authorities of having delusions over his status…

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