Twenty-One Portraits is an annual project designed to focus on the harsh realities of racism we face to teach us on how we can bring change and elevate the image and confidence of the black man and other potential victims of discrimination while advocating for a better, more diverse, and inclusive community.
Following our local BAME inquiry, some great work towards a more inclusive Basingstoke has been ongoing, which form part of our history we should celebrate. Portraits capture issues including sports (diversity and prize money gaps), Islamophobia, women and gay rights, policing, county lines and education. On 19th November, we had a successful launch.
Speakers included Rt Hon Maria Miller, MP, Superintendent Karen McManus and Cllr Simon Bound. This project was proudly supported by Unum, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Hampshire County Council and Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council.
A Showcase on the Willis Museum
The portraits can currently be viewed at the Willis Museum beautifully woven into the story of Basingstoke.
How to get involved
Have you seen the portraits at the malls?
Vote for your favourite portrait until 10th January 2022 here.