I’ve been really excited about a collaboration that I’ve been taking part in over the past few months! I’ve been working in partnership with Simple Acts and Counterpoint Arts to develop a workshop for the Celebrating Sanctuary festival that happens every year on the Southbank as a celebration of Refugees. The workshop we’ll be running will be near the OXO tower as part of an artistic strip of workshops we’re calling ‘Simple Acts Village’
The theme for this year has been child refugees and how we might welcome them, and so the workshop we’ve developed has become a gift-giving gift-making call to arms. Which has slowly began to turn into a bit of an elaborate toy making workshop with a luggage tag of action attached to whatever you make! You’ll be able to choose between whether you want to be making German penny toys or you’ll be able to draw and invent your own to that you’d like to give to a refugee!
All in all very exciting! And if you’re in London at any point tomorrow (Sunday 15th) come along!
"Simple Acts related activities for children and families, including storytelling and a toy making workshop. Simple Acts and Norwich University of the Arts have started a unique collaboration this year for Celebrating Sanctuary London. Working in partnership with graduating Illustration student Jess Nash, Simple Acts presents two playful workshop ideas that reflect both the importance of childhood, and explores how we might welcome refugees. ‘Welcome’ will be experienced through the act of play in these workshops, where families and children will be able to construct and decorate toys such as German penny toys and refugee camps inspired Recycled Toys, as a gift giving and gift making call to action."