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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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 with Diocese of Canterbury and Ashford Borough Council and funded 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 are Anna […]

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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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Kimberley Griffin, People United’s work placement student reflects on recent pieces of work that illustrate the value of the arts. Kimberley has just completed her BSc in Psychology at the University of Kent. I recently came across the newest report published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Creative Health: The Arts for Health […]

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