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Roma Oral Storyteller Open Call (January 2023)

Open Call! Apply Now!

Open call for an English speaking Roma arts practitioner, ideally of Slovak or Czech background (not essential), to deliver two storytelling sessions in person as part of a forthcoming community outreach, participatory artmaking project in southeast Kent. Roma storytellers from all backgrounds, including performers, dancers, writers, poets and musicians who use storytelling in their practice, are welcome to apply. This is a paid opportunity.

Painting by Jarmila Petrašova (2022)

About the Project

Mother Trees Connect The Forest


Mother Trees Connect the Forest will launch in February 2023 (Arts Council England grant funding depending). The participants will be Slovak and Czech Roma mums and their children who attend a community support group in Dover. Through conversation, story and paint, a series of artist-led artmaking workshops will provide an opportunity for participants to reflect on their own lived experiences. We will draw inspiration from Roma literature to explore telling our own stories Roma arts practitioner will join a workshop to deliver a storytelling session, working through their medium. The emphasis will be on promoting wellbeing and opening up a dialogue through spending time being creative together. We will share our discoveries with a public audience through a presentation, in conjunction with a further storytelling session for a community audience, at a public art gallery in Margate.

Project Theme

Mother Trees Connect the Forest is inspired by the work of ecologist, Suzanne Simard, whose work shows mother trees play a critical role in the survival of forests by channeling resources to seedlings. These trees are able to recognise and channel more resources to their own offspring when they are sick. Project outcomes will be shaped by the parallels that can be drawn between the life of the forest and the project’s themes, i.e. motherhood, collaboration between mother and child, harnessing talent, nurturing the creativity of the next generation, and exchanges of knowledge through art, writing and storytelling.

Project Aims

  • Increase representation of Roma voices in the arts
  • Celebrate the richness of Roma culture and specifically oral culture through storytelling and the portal of literature in translation
  • Challenge negative stereotypes and attitudes towards Roma in the UK
  • Highlight we are all citizens of the world and migration is central to human existence and life on Earth.

Timeline

Spring/early summer of 2023 (dates to be confirmed). It is expected that the first session in Dover will take place on a Wednesday afternoon (4-6pm) in March and the second session, in Margate, will be in May or June.

Fee

Total Fee for each session: £192 (based on 3 hrs planning + 3hrs workshop delivery at £32 per hour) plus up to £100 contribution to travel expenses.

How To Apply


Interested applicants are invited to submit a 1 page CV (including a personal statement + links to websites/social media/ workshop recordings etc) and a statement of application (300 words max) by 10th February at the latest.
Your statement should include your narrative strategy and show how your ideas for the sessions connect with the project’s themes. Your application should also demonstrate your ability to provide an empowering, engaging and inspiring experience and involve the active participation of the audience groups. If your application is successful, you will be working in collaboration with the lead artist in the project to develop your proposal, and plan and deliver the sessions. Please specify whether you have an enhanced DBS check certificate.

Email contact for submissions and enquiries: joycmartindale@hotmail.com

Application Deadline

10/02/2023 11:59pm (UK time) Don’t wait until the deadline to apply!

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Nice To Meet You / Som Rado Hoij Tumen Spindzardom

Exhibition flyer for Nice To Meet You

My exhibition, Nice To Meet You – Som Rado Hoij Tumen Spindzardom is on show now at Turner Contemporary in Margate.

Nice To Meet You – Som Rado Hoij Tumen Spindzardom

Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent

16 March – 24 April 2022

Open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm and Tuesdays from 5th April

Read more about the project

This project has been made possible by National Lottery supported Arts Council England grant funding and a grant from Counterpoints Arts.

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Happy International Day of Happiness to Everyone

Slightly Happier (Dec 2020), gouache and acrylic on paper, by Joy C Martindale, 41 x 31cm

When was the last time you felt happy?

My children have just discovered The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and I felt happy when I laughed myself into hysterics at a funny scene. Does that count?

I felt happy yesterday when I was on a train reading a magazine. I was reading that visitors to the artist Lala Rukh’s house were greeted by ‘two unmistakable seasonal smells: in winter, log-fire smoke and in summer, jasmine and lime wafting in from the garden.’* One sentence was enough to transport me there. The feeling of happiness that came with it was strong but momentary, does that count? In this strange and unsettling time, which has impacted on every aspect of our lives, I think it has to.

I think it is possible to equate positive emotional experiences – those little, everyday mood boosting moments that bring us joy – to happiness. Before the pandemic, perhaps happiness was something that shined with promise on the horizon; a state of being that could be obtained if we worked hard enough for it, but now when the future has become an unknown quantity and our focus has been pulled up short, it is our day-to-day experiences that we feel most acutely attuned to. With this has come a greater awareness of our moods and the fleetingness of them. Think of all the moods you can be in all in one day – an anxious mood, a sad mood, an angry mood, a calm mood, a dreamy mood and so on. Something positive that can come out of this imposed day-to-day existence could be the realisation that if we can let go of the pursuit of happiness as a panacea, we may become more open to acknowledging those nuggets of happiness we are already experiencing in our everyday lives.

So, even when we might feel sad, lonely, anxious or unhappy as we have probably all felt at some point during the pandemic, it is possible to experience happiness as part of these emotional experiences too.

More reading: Dr Daisy Fancourt and Research Fellow Alex Bradbury (UCL Epidemiology & Health) have tracked the everyday experiences of 70,000 people asking them each week how they are feeling.  

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2021/feb/analysis-we-asked-70000-people-how-coronavirus-affected-them

*Quote taken from Lives of the Artists: Lala Rukh By Mariah Lookman. Tate Etc Issue 48, P108

Scott Mills ‘This is Scott Mills on R1. How much do you love this?’ (talking about Jerusalem (Remix) by Master KG) 

Chris Stark: ‘Oh mate, every time this comes on, I feel slightly happier. And that’s a good thing.”

Scott Mills: ‘That’s kind of important right now.’ (04/11/2020)

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Exhibition Coming Up!

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Please join us on for the launch of Lilacs In Bloom, on Friday 15th February 2019 (6-8pm), at My Gallery in Dover, Kent. The evening will be a celebratory occasion with live instrumental Roma music and a Syrian buffet feast to enjoy.

Lilacs in Bloom is an exhibition of a new artwork made in collaboration with survivors of modern-day slavery and human trafficking who are supported by the charity Migrant Help.

Click here to find out more about the project.

Lilacs In Bloom is funded by crowdfunding support and a National Lottery Arts Council England grant.

Follow the story on Instagram: @joycmartindale

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

Migrant Help: Migrant Help is a UK charity, which provides support and guidance to vulnerable migrants and assists victims of human trafficking and modern-day slavery on their path to recovery. It also helps asylum seekers and refugees navigate the complex asylum process.  https://www.migranthelpuk.org

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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

JOY_I DID IT

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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