WAY OUTS ARTS NGO, SIERRA LEONE - 2013.
Working with young people in Freetown (particularly living on the streets, ex-child soldiers and gang members) that were members of the NGO Way Out Arts. Way Out Arts provides a safe space to access creative activites and skills as well and food and support. The participants were to create their own six page comics about a story or subject that was personal to them. the themes ranged from their experience of the conflict to slum life to the tribal culture and beliefs. I was also able to meet with local artists from the capital while conducting field research on the culture, history and arts of Freetown principality and Sierra Leone in general to inform my own practice. Shortly after my visit ebola hit the country but I hope to return one day as it is a stunning country reflected in the landscape and people.
6 DEGREES CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMME, BARBADOS - 2010 & WEYA (WORLD EVENT FOR YOUNG ARTISTS), NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY - 2012
Artist commission (series of works) for ‘Masqued Origins’ project. I exhibited as part of the ‘Roots & Wings’ arm of the programme in May 2011 at the Queen’s Park Gallery, Bridgetown Barbados. This exhibition was a collaborative effort between the Diaspora Vibe Gallery artists based in Miami, local Barbadian artists and the UK representatives of the programme. The commission was a pop up book based called 'Mr Harding' based on the creation of 'crop over'. This is the carnival season in Barbados running throughout July and was born out of the cane harvest season where the plantation owners reward slaves and later labourers with rum and food. An effigy of the plantation master called 'Mr Harding' would be burnt on the last night. this work was also exhibited as part of the WEYA events hosted by Nottingham Univeristy in 2012. Link to 'Past Projects I' and 'Past Projects Gallery'.
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