Former Bugsy Malone actor Donald Waugh and Hackney ‘Windrush’ ladies on art mission in Margate

Before and after make over with one of the Windrush ladies in Donald's group

Former Bugsy Malone actor Donald Waugh is heading to Margate tomorrow (June 29) with a group of ‘Windrush’ women he has been working with in Hackney.

Donald, who played Snake Eyes, one of Fat Sam’s hoodlums, in the 1976 movie which starred Jodie Foster and Scott Baio,  has spent the last year creating art with members of the Hackney Caribbean Elderly organisation.

Now Donald and the ladies are planning to share their art by displaying images of it on the ‘art box’ at Newgate Gap shelter and asking residents to join them in creating a new piece from recycled rubbish.

Donald, who is making the trip at the invite of art box custodian Stretch outsider charity, said: “I have spent the last year creating artwork with them, using thrown away rubbish and recycled materials to create fashion and art.

“We recently celebrated 75 years of Windrush and we created a Windrush boat out of cardboard. I also did a makeover with four of the women, with age ranges from 80 to 90 years old.

“I will bring photographs (of the work) and display them on the cube in Newgate. If we have time, l will also encourage the community to create something abstract from any rubbish that we can find.”

Donald, who previously opened the Prison to Pavement exhibition in Margate in 2019, and the ladies will be at the art box from 1pm.

They will later take a trip to the Old Town and hope to leave work at one of the galleries.

Stretch Arts Charity took over the Newgate Gap shelter from Thanet council in an asset transfer in 2019, The council then granted permission for a temporary ‘floating’ wooden art box inside the shelter in June 2021.

Donald is the creator of the Pavement 2 Catwalk community interest company. The CIC works with those affected by homelessness, addiction, disability and mental health to create fashion and art from recycled materials.

The Windrush Generation

The Windrush Generation are people who emigrated from the Caribbean to Britain between t22 June 1948 and the Immigration Act 1971. Commonwealth citizens were encouraged to come to fill jobs as bus drivers and nurses and other jobs where there were labour shortages.

HMT Empire Windrush  carried 1027 passengers and two stowaways on the first voyage from Jamaica to London in 1948. Of these, more than 800 passengers gave their last country of residence as somewhere in the Caribbean.

Read more at: https://www.rmg.co.uk/stories/windrush-histories/story-of-windrush-ship

Factbox source Royal Museums Greenwich

10 Comments

  1. Best of luck with this.

    With regards to the text at the end of the article headed ‘The Windrush Generation’, the first paragraph appears to be lifted word-for-word from Haringey Council’s website. The second paragraph appears to be lifted word-for-word from Amnesty International’s website. The third paragraph appears to be lifted word-for-word from the St Kitts & Nevis Observer website. So … lots of extra reading available. Perhaps some links next time might be a good idea 🙂

      • Good to know where you lifted it all from, many thanks, I’ll check that Greenwich site out too 🙂 Perhaps when whole paragraphs are lifted word-for-word like this, the sources should always be given. It may set a good example for younger writers, or writers with less integrity, to not pass off other people’s content (or the work of AI for example) as their own. Scouring for facts and then writing some original text to deliver them is entirely different of course. However, I do appreciate that everyone operates to their own preferred standards 🙂

        • Details taken from reliable sources for a fact box, sentences not pars and not an entire article. But yes, normally I would reference the source and didn’t do so in this case. I have very good ethical standards. Thank you for your input though

          • They were single sentence paragraphs, each had a return at the end of it. But, I see you have now changed the text and added a reference. Thank you for your thanks, it was my pleasure to help you 🙂

  2. We’ve already had work in the Turner concerning the U.S. servicemen banned from Ramsgate in the Turner. Along with accompanying pieces in this publication. Now this. And October is B.H.M?
    It’s currently Pride Month. In August there’ll be Margate Pride.
    We’ve also had significant exhibitions this year in the Turner and elsewhere on Disability issues.
    Not to mention various theatrical performances starting individuals with similar personal political agenda.

    I suspect that these issues are not high priorities for the vast majority of people on the Isle.

    Cue the Intersectionalist abuse.🙄

      • Indeed.
        The only members of the Armed Forces who seem to matter at present are those who were non-indigenous during WW2. The former heroes – you know their names – are now painted out of the picture.
        Meanwhile this insipid government has just signed papers to subordinate British forces to precisely those countries who for centuries either needed our help or needed to be sorted.
        From “The Greatest Generation”, to the spineless obsequious generation.

  3. so they are even trying to peddle this nonsense onto these people then ? anything for publicity

  4. The art box custodians are both a couple of crack addicts/alcoholics who live hedonistic lifestyles at the expense of honest working taxpayers. Dean’s never done an honest day’s work in his life and is a sociopath who has no morals or conscience. They’re professional scroungers at best who know how to play the system.

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