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 be found in the humblest of dwellings; in the painted, patterned, woven bamboo screens and […]

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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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Our charity fundraising quiz took place on 15th March at Augustine Hall, Canterbury. To be honest, we’ve never run a charity quiz before, so it was a huge learning curve for the whole team; creating quiz questions, asking for raffle prizes, finding a quiz master, the the order of the evening – dressing the venue, […]

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People United are hosting the quiz of the year! Taking place at Augustine Hall on Thursday 15 March, the evening guarantees mind boggling, brain teasing entertainment, plenty of nibbles, a raffle with fantastic prizes and a bar to boot! We will challenge your team’s knowledge on a range of topics – there will be an Art round of course, but […]

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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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It’s a really exciting time of development here at People United as we grow our team. We are looking for a new Head of Development, a new Head of Creative Programmes and a new Digital and Communications Assistant. Please note we have retained Year One Consulting to help with the recruitment for Head of Development and Head of Creative […]

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