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First Waves: Exhibition marks 50th anniversary of landmark Race Relations Act

The portraits unveiled at Swansea Museum

A new art exhibition has opened to mark Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Race Relations Act . It's part of a UK-wide project to capture the voices and stories of the people the Act most affected.

The 'First Waves' project has heard from communities from Cardiff and Swansea, with portraits produced of many of the people who took part.

Photography student Saba Humayun is proud to be involved.

I am from Pakistan originally. Swansea's very friendly, and people are so generous and so kind, so it's really built my confidence. It shows my ability, that I can prove myself in front of people and show who I am.

– Saba Humayun

Artist Scarlett Crawford led workshops in Swansea and Cardiff, and right across the UK.

There was a lot of scepticism about doing the project. I think there's a lot of distrust between the people, especially BAME communities and Parliament and the law, so for me it was very important to share my experiences as a person of colour in order to create a safe space that they felt able to do that.

Each community group has been so strong, and very proud, and they've dealt with it with such resilience and humour, but it doesn't take away from the fact that there's still a lot of work to be done.

– Scarlett Crawford, UK Parliament artist-in-residence
Communities in Swansea have now created a special exhibition telling their story.

The exhibition continues in Swansea throughout October, and is due to move to Westminster in January.