Migration, was a month long residency, for nine international artists based at The Arthouse, Wakefied. Facilitated by Ivan Patrick Smith, in conjunction with Wakefield City of Sanctuary . The residency gave us an opportunity to learn about asylum seeker systems in the UK, the fate of refugees who are held or reside in the city and their journey towards finding a safe and stable home.
The asylum system is supported by many volunteers and organisations, giving time, expertise and care. A realisation that drove me to support them by helping out at drop-ins, the clothing bank and by cooking food. This effort and the emotional toll shaped the work I created. Which was exhibited in a month long show.
The last thing that’s necessary but everything that’s needed.
8 bunches of foraged flowers gifted during the residency to City of Sanctuary drop-in’s. Succeeded by a delivery of British flowers, every 3 weeks for one year, displayed in the reception of Urban House Initial Accommodation Centre.
9 x A2 digital photographs and a bouquet of foraged roses.
Come bring all the pieces of your heart and sit with us
2 multiple panelled woodblocks.
Each 153cm x 183cm
I see you
25cm x 15cm
It’s not the despair, it’s the Hope. It’s the Hope, it’s not the despair
Flag. 2m x 3m
2 pencil drawings.
Each 100cm x 140cm
She loved, loved and loved
Unlimited edition woodcut print
40cm x 80cm
Funded by Arts Council England.