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Crowdfunding Appeal

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Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project 2018-19

Can you help?

If you missed out on supporting this project the first time around, it’s not too late to add your support by making a donation. I am fundraising to raise a further £682 to hold a community event on 15th February 2019 at Dover Smart Project in Dover, Kent.

Thanks to the support of a National Lottery Arts Council England grant and crowdfunding support already received Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project is now up and running and I have successfully run 7 participatory art workshops with the charity Migrant Help UK.

The free to attend community event in February 2019 will conclude the project. Local residents, community groups, and NGOs and charities working with refugees and vulnerable migrants will be invited to come along. It will be a celebratory event with live Roma music, an exhibition of the artwork produced as part of the project and a Syrian buffet feast to enjoy.

Would you like to help pay for a Roma musician with a story to tell about migration to play Slovakian Gypsy Blues on the evening? Or would you like to help pay for a Syrian refugee chef to cook a delicious Syrian buffet? The £682 I aim to raise will cover the costs of hiring the gallery and will support these individuals to earn a living from their profession, in the UK.

The event will be open to all and it will be an opportunity to reflect on the powerful, positive impact creative expression can have on health and wellbeing, whilst also raising awareness about the human and social consequences of human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK.

Read on to learn more about the project or click here to make a donation. Thank you!

Community Event at Dover Smart Project

On 15th February 2019 at Dover Smart Project, from 6-8pm, I will launch an exhibition to share an artwork that will celebrate the creative journey that the participants have embarked on through the course of the project. Alongside the exhibition there will be live Roma music and a Syrian buffet feast.

The story

Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project is a participatory art project for asylum seekers and survivors of modern day slavery and human trafficking in Kent who are supported by the charity Migrant Help UK. Human trafficking and modern day slavery are two of the fastest growing international crimes.

I generated this project to provide participants an opportunity to express their individuality and feel a sense of community through engaging in a collective experience. Over the course of seven workshops participants have experimented with paint directly onto artist’s linen and canvas and with collaging and sewing found fabrics. The workshops have proven to be lively, productive and enjoyable. Five participants have attended the project: a man from Lithuania, who introduced us all to the duduk and the folk music of the Caucusus, and a single mother and her three young children from West Africa. Together we have created a series of vibrant, expressive visual works. For example, in the images above, you can see a beautiful hand sewn fabric collage made by one of the participants which depicts the sun setting over the sea. We have been working with colourful scraps of fabric that I have found washed up on my local beach. These potent yet anonymous scraps of cloth have made a good starting point for experimentation and exploration working from the imagination.

Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project is funded by a National Lottery Arts Council England grant.

Follow the story on Instagram: @joycmartindale

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/antislaveryrefugeeartproject 

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Arts Council Funding Award Success

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I am over the moon to announce that I have been awarded Arts Council funding for Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project. This was made possible thanks to the kind support of the 22 people who helped kickstart the project by donating to my crowdfunding appeal.

It’s down to you! Thank you!

Follow the story on Instagram: @joycmartindale

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/antislaveryrefugeeartproject 

 

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Open Call for Aprons

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APRON APPEAL!! I’m launching the first workshop for Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project tomorrow and I’m a bit short on aprons. If anyone local has a spare apron lying around that you don’t need, would you like to donate it for the workshops? I can return them at the end but they may get paint on them! Thanks!!

I’m still crowdfunding and I’m just £150 short of my goal, so it’s not too late to donate at http://www.gofundme.com/antislaveryrefugeeartproject (or in person if you want to avoid the online hassle) if you would like to back this community project.

Follow the story on Instagram: @joycmartindale

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/antislaveryrefugeeartproject 

 

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Desperate Artwives Open House

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If you are in London this weekend you can see my new artwork Family on show at Desperate Artwives Open House.

Exhibition Dates: 6th-7th and 13th-14th October, 11am – 6pm.

Location: 28 Jaggard Way, Wandsworth, SW12 8SG

The exhibition, Women Space, is a collaboration between Platform 1 Gallery and Desperate Artwives More information at: https://www.joycmartindale.com

Find out more about the artwork: https://joycmartindale.com/family/

The exhibition, Women Space, is a collaboration between Platform 1 Gallery  and Desperate Artwives

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Desperate Artwives Open House

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Family (2017-18) Found fabrics, cotton thread, German linen, acrylic paint, fabric marker pens, 24 x 23 x 7cm by Joy C Martindale (Side 1)

I will be showing a new artwork ‘Family’ (2017-18) at Desperate Artwives Open House this weekend, 6th/7th October, and 13/14th October, 11am- 6pm, 28 Jaggard Way, Wandsworth, SW12 8SG.

Come by if you’re in the area!

Find out more about the artwork: https://joycmartindale.com/family/

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Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project Fundraising Appeal 2018

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Can you help me launch a community art project by making a small donation at https://www.gofundme.com/antislaveryrefugeeartproject?

I am crowdfunding to run a collaborative art project for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants supported by Migrant Help in Kent.

The project will be a celebration of the uniqueness of self-identity. It will provide participants the opportunity to move beyond the labels of ‘asylum seeker, refugee and migrant’ to express who they are as individuals. I hope the process of making an artwork together will generate a sense of belonging and make a positive difference to participants’ experience of life in the UK.

I need your help to make this project a success. Every penny donated will help me get this project off the ground. Thank you so much for making a donation. Please spread the word!

Follow the story on Instagram: @joycmartindale

GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/antislaveryrefugeeartproject 

Migrant Help:  https://www.migranthelpuk.org

Read more: https://joycmartindale.com/fundraising-appeal/

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New Work in Progress ‘Don’t Stop, Keep Going’

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Don’t Stop, Keep Going (2016-) work in progress, side 1, Joy C Martindale

 I can’t think straight – I’m losing it – My head is going to fall off – I can’t do this – I must do this – I’m a lousy mother – I’m tired – I feel dizzy – I need to be quiet – I can’t keep talking, talking, talking – I, I, I. Too many I’s – Not enough I. I have to stop – Just for a bit – Get it together – Let everything stop moving – whirling inside me. 

How do I help myself get through this?

Whilst making “Don’t Stop, Keep Going”, I have been reflecting on a serious and hard to admit to issue: the tightrope one can feel one is walking as a mother of young children; when exhaustion, sleep deprivation and the need for a break – however short – becomes overwhelming and abnormal notions begin to infiltrate – self doubts and idiotic thoughts that you wouldn’t be having if you could just get a bit more sleep and have a little time alone.

When my children first started school the exhaustion persisted and everything continued to feel like a crazy juggling act. I noticed that when I was very tired I could still work but that my approach was different – it was very much a case of head down and working obsessively on small singular tasks. At first I thought this might be a problem but then, with this piece, I decided to work with it and channel those sensations of the mind and body short-circuiting, which were countered by the self-will to persevere, into the work.

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