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Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project

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Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project 2018-19
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If you missed out on supporting this project the first time around, it's not too late to add your support by making a donation. I am fundraising to raise a further £682 to hold a community event.

Community Event at Dover Smart Project

On 15th February 2019 at Dover Smart Project, from 6-8pm, I will launch an exhibition to share an artwork that will celebrate the creative journey that the participants have embarked on through the course of the project. Alongside the exhibition there will be live Roma music and a Syrian buffet feast.

Thanks to the support of a National Lottery Arts Council England grant and crowdfunding support already received Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project is now up and running and I have successfully run 7 participatory art workshops with the charity Migrant Help UK.

The free to attend community event in February 2019 will conclude the project. Local residents, community groups, and NGOs and charities working with refugees and vulnerable migrants will be invited to come along. It will be a celebratory event with live Roma music, an exhibition of the artwork produced as part of the project and a Syrian buffet feast to enjoy.

Would you like to help pay for a Roma musician with a story to tell about migration to play Slovakian Gypsy Blues on the evening? Or would you like to help pay for a Syrian refugee chef to cook a delicious Syrian buffet? The £682 I aim to raise will cover the costs of hiring the gallery and will support these individuals to earn a living from their profession, in the UK.

The event will be open to all and it will be an opportunity to reflect on the powerful, positive impact creative expression can have on health and wellbeing, whilst also raising awareness about the human and social consequences of human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK.

Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project: The story

Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project is a participatory art project for asylum seekers and survivors of modern day slavery and human trafficking in Kent who are supported by the charity Migrant Help UK. Human trafficking and modern day slavery are two of the fastest growing international crimes. 

I am a visual artist and I run 'Start With Art' workshops in Southeast Kent. In my practice I am interested in the ways it is possible to reassert one’s sense of selfdom through creative expression during and following times of personal illness, stress or crisis. I have generated this project to provide participants an opportunity to express their individuality and feel a sense of community through engaging in a collective experience. Over the course of seven workshops participants have experimented with paint directly onto artist's linen and canvas and with collaging and sewing found fabrics. The workshops have proven to be lively, productive and enjoyable. Five participants have attended the project: a Lithuanian man, who introduced us all to the duduk and the folk music of the Caucusus, and a single mother and her three young children from West Africa. Together we have created a series of vibrant, expressive visual works. For example, in the images above, you can see a beautiful hand sewn fabric collage made by one of the participants which depicts the sun setting over the sea. We have been working with colourful scraps of fabric that I have found washed up on my local beach. These potent yet anonymous scraps of cloth have made a good starting point for experimentation and exploration working from the imagination.


Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project is funded by a National Lottery Arts Council England grant.
                  
                                                                                                                                                                            Joy C Martindale (2018)


Links

Migrant Help UK

Migrant Help UK is a UK charity, which helps asylum seekers and refugees navigate the complex asylum process. Migrant Help also provides support and guidance to vulnerable migrants and assists victims of human trafficking and modern slavery on their path to recovery.

  https://www.migranthelpuk.org

Follow the story on Instagram: @joycmartindale

Artist's Website  https://joycmartindale.com


Migrant Help  https://www.migranthelpuk.org

Anti-Slavery Day  http://www.antislaveryday.com

Salvation Army  https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/latest-campaigns

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In Autumn 2018, I was awarded an Arts Council England grant to run seven participatory artmaking workshops with survivors of modern-day slavery and human trafficking who are in receipt of support from the charity Migrant Help. LILACS IN BLOOM, a new artwork, is the outcome of these workshops.

The support I received through my crowdfunding appeal helped make this project possible and I am very grateful to everyone who has backed me!

Launching with a celebratory community event, on February 15th 2019 (6-9pm),  LILACS IN BLOOM will exhibited at My Gallery in Dover from 16th-23rd February.

The event will be free to attend and open to all, and there will be live Roma music and a Syrian buffet feast to enjoy. Local residents, community groups, and NGOs and charities working with refugees and vulnerable migrants will also be invited to come along. The exhibition will aim to raise awareness about the human and social consequences of human trafficking and modern-day slavery in the UK.

Come and see the show if you are in the area!
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I have good news! I have been awarded a grant by Dover Town Council towards the costs of running the exhibition launch event for Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project. The grant will cover a contribution towards gallery running costs, providing a Syrian buffet feast and live instrumental music performed by a Roma musician. I am absolutely delighted! Thank you for your support, I look forward to sending you an invitation to the exhibition.
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Thanks to the support of a National Lottery Arts Council England grant and your fantastic support Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project is now up and running and I have successfully run seven participatory art workshops with the charity Migrant Help UK.

Over the course of the workshops participants have experimented with paint working directly onto artist's linen and canvas and with collaging and sewing found fabrics. As hoped for, the workshops have proven to be lively, productive and enjoyable. Five participants have attended the project: a Lithuanian man, who introduced us all to the duduk and the folk music of the Caucusus, and a single mother and her three young children from West Africa. Together we have created a series of vibrant, expressive visual works.

I am now fundraising to raise a further £682 to hold a concluding community event on 15th February 2019 at Dover Smart Project in Dover, Kent. The event will be open to all and I hope it will be an opportunity to reflect on the powerful, positive impact creative expression can have on health and wellbeing, whilst also raising awareness about the impact human trafficking and modern slavery have on individuals and communities in the UK.

Local residents, community groups, and NGOs and charities working with refugees and vulnerable migrants will be also invited to come along. It will be a celebratory event with live Roma music, an exhibition of the artwork produced as part of the project and a Syrian buffet feast to enjoy.

Thank you for helping to make this project possible!
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I am over the moon to announce that I have been awarded Arts Council funding for Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project. This was made possible thanks to the kind support of the 22 people who helped kickstart the project by donating to my crowdfunding appeal.

It's down to you! Thank you!
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