Collaborative/Participatory

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Detail

Traces: Stories of Migration - Heirloom, SIZE, Mixed Media: Recycled bedsheet, acrylic paint, handembroidery, appliquées, textile print and machine sewing.

Detail of Traces: stories of migration
Detail of Traces: stories of migration

Traces: Stories of Migration - Heirloom, SIZE, Mixed Media: Recycled bedsheet, acrylic paint, handembroidery, appliquées, textile print and machine sewing.

Traces aims to interrogate dialogues about a cross-disciplinary subject whilst addressing issues surrounding the act of migration. It is led by Professor Lucy Orta, Chair of Art in the Environment and developed in collaboration with Camilla Palestra, Associate Curator Centre for Sustainable Fashionand Jo Reynolds at Making for Change, LCF.

Traces explores the experiences of communities affected by migration and the memories accumulated as people journey from one place to another. It considers the trajectory as a state of being that amasses signifiers in the form of layers, which punctuate a state of transition; from one place to another, from a period in life to another, to new languages, cultures and convictions, as well as physical marks left across geological times as humans progress through life.

Traces aims to expose fundamental conditions, such as a sense of place or belonging as well as the search for protection and shelter; to encounter diverse cultural, social and religious experiences; to hear and visualise personal narratives. The multi-interpretations offer broad and poetic engagement with the subject.

This interest group is articulated through engaging with first, second or third generation immigrant women across the East-End. Working in community groups and accompanied by a programme of textile-craft workshops, participants are invited to recall and recount a trajectory, reflecting and identifying significant milestones, to draw out stories that recount past and present heritage, and particularly, overlooked women’s histories. The outcomes will be individual and collective textile-based artefacts represent uniting the memories and experiences of different East-End communities in both physical and virtual formats to be showcased in exhibitions local and national exhibitions.

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Imagi-Nation42.png R&D

Funded by Arts Council England and in partnership with St. Margaret's House.

“Imagi-nation42.png” is a participatory place-based arts project with East London unpaid-carers that sets out to deconstruct, honour & rebuild what care should mean in the future. Working alongside the Carers Centre of Tower Hamlets (CCTH) we are working towards a year long project that asks the question “who will care for carers?” through costume, theatre, songwriting, storytelling, film and digital arts.

 

In 2021 we ran a 10 week, Arts Council supported, R&D with CCTH and through conversations/arts sessions we decided on exploring a space-race story, where carers beat Bezos/Musk/Branson to settle in new frontiers, reshaping the narrative of ‘the first ambassadors of Earth’.

Your Health is Your Wealth
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Leaf,  1 of 6, Lockdown experiment, 2020

In collaboration with: George Paris