Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin have been working with Joining Hands, Joining Hearts (JHJH) since May 2018. The group supports survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Together they are exploring the theme of Self-Identity… Joining Hands… The first stage of this project has been to get to know each other, to build trust and to […]

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Artist Anna Ray gives an update on the Home commission after a weekend of exciting workshops in Ashford, Kent. As part of the Create Platform (Create Festival) in Ashford, we exhibited work in progress and offered free art workshops for members of the public in a vacant shop space. Over three days, passers by were […]

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  Artist Anna Ray will be delivering free art workshops in Ashford town centre as part of Create Festival this weekend. From Saturday 14- Monday 16 July Anna will be hosting the drop-in workshops at Park Mall Shopping Centre. Open to all ages, the workshops are based around the theme of ‘home’. Participants will be […]

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Random acts of kindness aren’t so random in Canada… I’ve been on my overseas visit to the Social Emotional Development and Intervention (SEDI) lab at the University of Toronto for 3 and a half months now and so far it’s been a great experience. One of the things about Toronto that has really caught my attention […]

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Artist Anna Ray reflects on the start of the ‘home‘ commission with mothers from Ashford. In my research for the ‘Home’ commission I have considered the wealth of making and artistry in Syria. The Syrian government gifted Queen Elizabeth II thirty yards of Nassan Brothers’ silk brocade for her wedding gown. Indigenous crafts can also […]

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People United’s 2018 commissions will be exploring the themes of Home and Self-Identity. They will be run in association with Diocese of Canterbury and Ashford Borough Council and supported by Arts Council England (Home) and Joining Hands, Joining Hearts, and supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Optivo (Self-Identity). The artists chosen to lead these commissions […]

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Ashford Mums! People United are looking for mothers in Ashford to join forces with recently arrived Syrian Refugee women for an exciting and unique art project to explore the theme of Home with an award winning textile artist.   You’ll work together to consider: What makes a place a home, how do women feel about […]

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The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. Maya Angelou We are looking for mothers in Ashford to join forces with newly arrived Syrian Refugee women for an exciting and unique art project.  Taking place between April and October 2018 […]

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Writer, performer and storyteller, Bernadette Russell, a recipient of one of our be kind signs, tells us about the experience of having a be kind sign in her window. On Evelyn Street, Deptford, on the A200 towards Greenwich, stands our ordinary house. Its windowsills are gritty black as if there’s a secret volcano nearby spewing sulphur. We try to […]

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Our Project Assistant Becky Vincer gives ten People United inspired acts of kindness you can do this World Kindness Day. World Kindness Day might inspire you to have the confidence to do something extra special for someone else, but I wonder- can we go further? Here at People United we know that the arts activate […]

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