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Roma Oral Storyteller Open Call (January 2023)

Open Call! Apply Now!

Open call for an English speaking Roma oral storyteller, 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, writers 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 Slovak and Czech Roma literature to explore telling our own stories and a Roma oral storyteller will join a workshop to deliver a storytelling session. 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 26th January.
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

26/01/2023 11:59pm (UK time)

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Success for Anti-Slavery Art Project, ‘Lilacs in Bloom’

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Lilacs In Bloom by Joy C Martindale  (2019) Detail showing a sectioned created by a participant in the project.

Migrant Help have positively reviewed my recent Arts Council England funded project:

 “Migrant Help had been looking to re-introduce artistic activities for our clients and Joy’s sessions were nothing short of excellent. We noticed a big difference in terms of confidence and artistic expression from our clients during these workshops. Joy brought such enthusiasm and dedication to the workshops. Migrant Help attended the launch of the exhibition in Dover and it was fantastic to see the artwork displayed and to hear the conversations it brought about.” 

Follow this link to read Migrant Help’s blog post on the project that led to the creation of Lilacs In Bloom (2019).

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Lilacs In Bloom Launch Party

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Lilacs In Bloom (2019) by Joy C Martindale

We had an incredible launch party for Lilacs In Bloom. A massive thank you to everyone who joined us and special thanks to Syrian chef Isam Moussa Agha @zzekzek for creating such a delicious Syrian feast. And to Roma musician, Ferco Kovac, thank you for providing a lovely soundtrack to the evening.

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. The last chance to see the exhibition will be on Saturday 23rd February (1-4pm).

LILACS IN BLOOM is funded by a National Lottery Arts Council England grant and a Dover Town Council grant.

Photos credit: @dannyburrowsphoto

Click here to find out more about the project.

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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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

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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!

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

 

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