Jaemii-Lee, age 10, takes over the Waterloo Bridge digital billboard

During the Black Lives Matter (BLM) conversations occurring all over the UK, one young SE1 artist, Jaemii-Lee, age 10, decided to illustrate this important message. Her artwork impressed staff at Coin Street so much, they decided to feature it for a week on the digital billboard on Waterloo Bridge.

On hearing that her artistic talents were going to be displayed in such a central London location, the whole family were excited to visit the billboard.

 

“Jaemii-Lee felt inspired with the BLM movement and wanted to express the beauty she’s experienced but also deliver a powerful message. After learning of the George Floyd tragedy, it became apparent to me that education is key in our children’s lives. Children are our future, we may not be able to abolish racism overnight but a ripple in the water will set trends,” said Mum.

Jaemii-Lee often creates art as a regular Coin Street Youth member and most recently participated in last month’s Illuminated Rivers project.

Bringing art to more communities is something Coin Street is passionate about. Coin Street recently benefited from the Illuminated River Foundation’s Community Fund to develop and deliver art workshops for young people aged 9+ in the local community. And as a key partner in the Waterloo Festival, this year’s festival brought virtual art classes to 15 local young artists. Each week the children painted a different iconic bridge of the river Thames using a different medium of art. The artwork of our young artists has been so fantastic they were also featured on the digital billboard on Waterloo Bridge.