Fiona Hawthorne

“I’m a visual and community artist from Northern Ireland and Hong Kong and I’ve loved Carnival since first living on the route 35 years ago. When my own kids went to a Notting Hill primary school that had no involvement whatsoever in Caribbean Carnival, I helped create necessary change.

Developing and fine-tuning methodology that gave children ownership and put their art at the core led to 18 years of unforgettable memories and fun via the “Fox Mas Band.” Fox grew to involve almost every primary school in North Kensington, led new innovation in truck design, digital art and recycling, and touched many local families.

In 2014 – having caught the pan bug – we transformed into the Urban Fox Orchestra aka ”UFO Steelband” and with my husband Colin Salmon I created, art directed and produced “One Thousand Pans” for the London 2012 handover to Brazil, bringing together steelbands from all over UK.

 

 

In 2014 – having caught the pan bug – we transformed into the Urban Fox Orchestra aka ”UFO Steelband” and with my husband Colin Salmon I created, art directed and produced “One Thousand Pans” for the London 2012 handover to Brazil, bringing together steelbands from all over UK. Being part of the carnival community has been inspiring and nourishing… I’ve experienced the joy and pain of reclaiming the streets, celebrating culture and creating spectacle amid the challenges of funding, event growth, gentrification, corporate influence and collective exhaustion! But Notting Hill Carnival is absolutely worth it, and I look forward to working together to help develop, sustain and share it with many more people who don’t even know what they’re missing yet!”

Fiona Hawthorne