REFUGEE WEEK 2022
JUNE 20 -26 : THEME OF 'HEALING'
This Refugee Week, we are invited to explore the theme of ‘Healing’. Through creativity and conversations, Refugee Week 2022 will be a celebration of community, mutual care, and the human ability to start again. Click the logo to visit the Refugee Week website and view the range of activities being hosted.
For a number of months we've joined a small group of NGO's in supporting men recently arrived to the UK and housed in a former courthouse-turned hostel near Kings Cross, run by the Home Office. During Refugee Week we plan to introduce clay alongside our other materials in this setting, for a morning of creative activity around The Community Table.
The Community Table
Open to the public
For Refugee Week, Art Refuge and the CEDRE will take The Community Table out into nearby cultural centre, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, to raise awareness about the situation of displaced people, and open up dialogues within the local and international community.
We will continue with our fortnightly visits to the CEDRE run by Secours Catholique, setting up The Community Table across the afternoon, and building on recent training we've delivered with volunteers in this setting.
Simultaneously, we will set up The Community
Table in the large day centre run by Secours Catholique. We will develop a conversation with The Community Table activity in Paris & Brighton through sharing images, back and forth via WhatsApp.
From 5.00-6.00pm The Community Table will be set up as an event at Fabrica Gallery. We will focus on the theme of ‘home’ and will work on small handmade 35mm slides which will then be projected large and shared with the tables in Paris and Calais.
For more information and tickets here.
Open to the public
Call & Response
The Community Table Nakivale began in January 2022 when a small group of artists and art therapists from Art Refuge started meeting online with a teacher, mental health doctor and artist in Nakivale refugee camp (located in south Uganda, it is the oldest refugee settlement in Africa with around 150,000 residents) as a result of their reaching out to Art Refuge for psychosocial training and support. The conversations have focused what it might mean to set up The Community Table in the Nakivale context. Across borders, cultures, and experiences, we have learnt how to make paper beads in our different settings, coming together each fortnight for exchange of ideas, skills and knowledge. During Refugee Week we will collectively make art together, continuing our paper bead making activity.
The Community Table Folkestone Beach
Open to public
(nr. Casa Anacaoña)
Local residents, artists and visitors are invited to a collaborative space for thinking about the coastal town of Folkestone as a home and place of welcome for refugees. Using hydrographical maps, shingle and other materials, we will gather around The Community Table, a long table positioned on the beach overlooking the Channel for art-making and discussion around migration, togetherness and healing.
A collaboration across the day with Origins Untold, Counterpoints Arts, alongside Folkestone Fringe and Creative Folkestone, with funds from Kent Community Foundation.