artists / art therapists
Art Refuge, UK
I feel honoured to be directly involved with the art workshops across all three countries. For me this journey began over 30 years ago when living and working in a refugee settlement in northern India. I was humbled to meet a group of young people newly arrived in a strange country: with all our differences, we managed to find ways to connect on a human level through artmaking. Working in contexts of conflict and social upheaval since then, and leading Art Refuge in the UK and northern France, I am increasingly interested in the role that the visual arts and art therapy have in relation to issues of displacement and emotional support for young people with refugee backgrounds, and the relationship of this work to social justice.
Independent artist, Norway
I am a textile artist and art teacher in a secondary school. I have experience working with poeople dealing with different life challenges. Getting to know those who need support and creative solutions to function well - in school, sparetime or workplace - inspires my work. Our school has an introductory class for refugees. As a teacher, I meet with some of these pupils on a weekly basis. I am excited about contributing to the Drawing Together project in Norway. In the link you will find some examples of my art work.
I’m a composer, music producer, songwriting coach, film maker, philosopher and knowledge activist ready to rethink knowledge dissemination and cooperation between art and research. I look forward to producing a documentary and short films for this project! Behind the link below, you’ll find examples of some of the films, records and other music-related projects I’ve worked with.
Art Refuge, UK
It is exciting to be working on this project, particularly with its focus on relational wellbeing. As an Art Therapist and educator, I have worked variously in the National Health Service in the UK, in schools and for the past five years in Calais, northern France with Art Refuge. Working with diversity and displacement are themes within my professional life, partly influenced by my own experiences of being from a second generation refugee heritage. I am aware of the role that interpersonal relationships, culture and creativity can play in supporting wellbeing. Exploring how these interconnect seems a positive means of developing ways of supporting the wellbeing of young refugees. Using imaginative visual arts engagement to enhance and develop us all is at the core of the work I enjoy most.
University of Bedfordshire, UK
I'm a lecturer, portfolio lead and filmmaker with over 30 years experience in academia and practice. My main area of interest is in making connections across borders and exploring the representation of journeys by people in film. I aim to continue to explore these issues and feel privileged to be involved in this important project with all the current and hopefully new participants.
I have taught film practice in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Pakistan and China and am always inspired by the connections that can be made through conversations and production to realise the commonality of us all.
I look forward to meeting and working with you all.