It is one of the largest contemporary humanitarian crises we’ve faced.
The numbers of displaced refugees seeking asylum from war and persecution is on the rise. A recent survey in a Calais camp showed 61.1% of children stated they ‘never feel safe’. Violence, health issues, and concerns that the camp could one day be demolished were areas of gravest concern. One 16-year-old respondent said: “In Afghanistan there’s 80% chance to die, here there’s 100% chance”.
“Art isn’t our thing back home. But art is like therapy. I’ve experienced trauma repeatedly and witnessed horrific violence against my family back home. I had no idea what I was going to do when I first came to the UK. I was lost and had no confidence. But finding art helped me re-focus. It gave me the freedom to express myself in a way that nothing else could.”
PART OF US: Auction
See first-hand how art is responding to this crisis in PART OF US – a very special one night only auction and exhibition event to be held at Central Saint Martins, UAL on Monday 25 April 2016.
A live and silent auction featuring the work of UAL students, staff and alumni will be offered. Proceeds will directly fundraise for charities on the ground in the border of refugee camps of Calais and Dunkirk, providing critical services for refugee communities including basic survival, legal aid, mental health services and art therapy, as well as collaborative youth group projects. These charities include: Refugee Community Kitchen, Art Refuge UK and Humming Bird Project, as well as the legal and humanitarian focused Refugee Rights Data Project.
In addition to the selected artworks, a series of pledges have been donated ranging from luxury beach-side escapes – including 34-foot sailing yacht in Valencia, to an Art Deco style boat in the beautiful Discovery Bay Marina, Lantau Island, Hong Kong – award winning jewellery, cocktail and dance classes. Also up for auction is a complete tour of Central Saint Martins’ Head of College, Jeremy Till’s eco straw bale house.
Alongside the auction, PART OF US will display an exhibition of the work of artists and initiatives which voice perspectives on the current crisis.
Carolina Rapezzi is a photographer who just returned to England from a trip to the Calais refugee camps in March 2016. From this she has produced photography and a short video. Her previous work includes photographic series such as Minors on the Move (2015).
Young Roots is a charity organisation active in the UK which have equipped children and youth affected by migration with cameras and asked them to document their experiences. A selection of these candid moments will be on display.
The Refugee Phrasebook Project is ‘an open collaborative project to provide important vocabulary to refugees. It assembles important phrases from various fields and encourages designers and experts in the field to improve on the material. The Refugee Phrasebook is a multilingual tool that provides basic useful vocabulary related to the most common immediate needs.’
Nana Varveropoulo’s photographic series No Man’s Land No Man’s Land is ‘a collaborative project that explores experiences of indefinite immigration detention.’
Zory Shahrokhi is ‘a British- Iranian visual artist based in Greater London. Her practice developed through a concern to explore cultural/political agendas, employing performance in relation to installation and photography.’ We are hoping to feature her project Waves (2007) or some of her more recent textile works.
Behjat Omer Abdulla, ‘is a Kurdish visual artist who works with mixed media, mainly drawing, photography, and video installation, in order to listen to peoples’ stories and try to create a platform for debate around the issues raised. His work raises questions about identity and people’s position in the world.’ His self-portrait will be exhibited.
Saf Suleyman’s short film Bilaadi, screened as part of the ‘Global Movements’ event at London Short Film Festival 2016, portrays Shafik and his young family, who escaped Syria two years ago. “Since settling in Istanbul they have been coming to terms with their pasts and attempting to build a future, wherever that may be. “I am happy here, but I want to go back to Syria.”
Ana Cvorovic was born in 1981 in former Yugoslavia and now lives and works in London, UK. Her 2014 work Discharged or 2016 work A Fleeting Freeing.
The evening will also see the launch of a long term mural project with Artolution. Join Part of Us and celebrate the power of how art can shape its community.
The programme for the evening is as follows:
Exhibition opens at: 5pm
Drinks served from: 6pm
Event and Auction start: 7pm
Location: 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA
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