New arts project to bring mums together

Arts project to bring newly arrived Syrian refugee mums together with long-term resident mums.Church delighted as new Arts project to bring refugee and resident mums together in Ashford wins Arts Council funding

A new Arts project to bring newly arrived Syrian refugee mums together with long-term resident mums in Ashford has been given the green light by Arts Council England.

Home is a joint project between the Diocese’s Communities and Partnerships Framework,  People United and Ashford Borough Council and will take place between April and October 2018.

Participants will work with a female visual artist over a period of 6 months to explore the theme of home: What makes a place a home, how do women feel about home-making and what does it mean for different people? Together, the group will create artworks for a public exhibition.

Artists are now being sought to apply to facilitate the work, as well as women from the Ashford area to take part.

Kent Refugee Officer, Domenica Pecoraro said:

“I’m so delighted that we are involved in this project, which is a new strand to our work on refugees and asylum. It affirms everything we stand for as a people of faith regarding our belief in the dignity and shared humanity of all people.

‘Maya Angelou once said, ‘The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.’ This creative project will provide a safe space where apparently very different women will be able to connect and relate to each on a common issue.”

If you would like more information about how to get involved, please email Domenica on DPecoraro@diocant.org