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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Artists Sarah Cole and Annis Joslin share the latest from the Self-Identity Artist Commission. They are working with Joining Hands, Joining Hearts – a support group for victims and survivors of sexual and domestic abuse who aim to help disempowered and isolated women through emotional and practical support.  Burn This We are both avidly watching series two […]

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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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