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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I’ve been doing a social developmental Psychology PhD at the University of Kent in collaboration with People United for 2 and a half years now. My PhD focuses on how children develop positive emotions and how positive emotions can lead to positive behaviour. I’m especially interested in how children respond to moral, beautiful or virtuous […]

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How are we connected and how are we different? FREE events 30 May, 31 May & 1 June 12-5pm As a Tate Exchange Associate we are delighted to be joining our partners Canterbury Christchurch University, University of Kent and Valleys Kids to explore the idea of the ‘other’ – asking how are we similar or […]

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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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In this blog environmental artist & experimental photographer Karen Simpson and filmmaker / photographer / artist Nicholas Godsell contemplate their recent stay at Hut 136, which was a bid to step away from their hectic everyday lives and take time to investigate slower and more considered creative pursuits… Teatime and Tide Part 4 – Inside […]

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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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