We are delighted to announce that of our Artist Commission project Home will be shown next week on Monday 21 January 2019 on BBC 1 Inside Out South East at 7:30pm. Inside Out came to the opening of our exhibition in Ashford and interviewed artist Anna Ray and some of the amazing women involved with the project. Home, a project we delivered in […]

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At the beginning of the ‘Home’ project I purchased fifty metres of white cotton fabric to use in the workshops. Over the course of seven months this cloth has been torn up, written on, painted, stamped, drawn on, projected over, folded, hung, draped, layered, tied, punctured, stitched, appliquéd and gathered. We have expressed our feelings, […]

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People United and Joining Hands, Joining Hearts announce the completion of their commission, Self-Identity, with artists Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin. But this is not the end…

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Our 2018 Self-Identity and Home artist commission projects are coming to an end and last weekend Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin (of Self-Identity) penned a reflection of their time with the project participants; discussing things that they have learned and the thought-provoking artwork that they have created. Read their final ‘Messy Business’ blog, below. Landing  We are […]

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As our 2018 Self-Identity Artist Commission approaches its last few weeks, artists Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin share how they are finalising ideas with domestic violence support group Joining Hands, Joining Hearts (JHJH). Gearing Up We have just spent the day reviewing the video material we have so far, working out what else we might need, playing with […]

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After pausing for the summer holidays artist’s Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin think about what’s next for the Self-Identity Artist Commission with domestic violence support group Joining Hands, Joining Hearts (JHJH). Thinking Through the Mess of ideas, time, money and pain We have had a long summer break. We met a few weeks ago at […]

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World Kindness Day 2018 | #proudtobekind A year on from the #bekindsigns campaign In 2017 People United gave away ten LED neon ‘be kind’ signs to inspire acts of kindness across the UK and start a #BeKindSigns revolution. People around the world created their own ‘be kind’ artworks and displayed them on World Kindness Day. […]

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Anna Ray has been working with mothers in Ashford on the Artist Commission: Home. The group is made up of migrant mothers from Syria and long-term resident mothers from Ashford. In this blog Anna shares some of the ways they have been working with embroidery to explore the theme. Home Blog: The Home Within Ourselves Everything […]

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The Self-Identity Artist Commission celebrated its half-way point with a private event to show work that has been made so far. In this blog Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin share some of the stories from the event. A Deliberately Messy Business A big day – about forty people were invited to come and see what we have […]

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In this blog Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin share some reflections and thoughts on preparing for an interim event for the Self-Identity Artist Commission .  Testing Ground We have collectively agreed to test some of the work we have made so far on a ‘friendly audience’ in a few weeks’ time. We are going to use […]

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