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Space For All estate agency

An off-shoot of the Make It Happen! Homes for Refugees art project has just popped up!

Artists, activists, young people and local people were involved in art workshops that considered how to ensure that the important legend “Refugees Welcome” become a reality, how we can ‘Make it Happen!’ The biggest obstacle in Brighton is the expense of our housing, high rents that are unregulated in the private sector. We created a series of artworks that expose the difference between homes and properties, feeling at home and the market value of houses.

Space for All Estate Agency is located, temporarily, on the corner of Hartington Road and Brading Road, BN2 3PD.

Come and take a look at our window displays of current sales and lettings, all are the result of a collective effort of creativity.

Free. Viewing from the pavement.
Open 24 hours 7 days a week but hurry along, before a landlord spots an investment opportunity and evicts us.

 

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Homes for Refugees – 26 May, 19:00

For the last end of the Refugee Film Festival we have saved the premiere of a documentary film on a local art-community project: Homes for Refugees. What do refugees need to feel at home? What spaces can we create for refugees within local communities? What types of houses could we design? What buildings could be used? What structures could we build? What should they contain? Over the last months our home artists and activists are asking the local community to discuss those issues effecting both refugees looking for safe homes and existing inhabitants who may feel their communities are changing. Homes for Refugees is the film recording Brighton’s reply to the above questions.

This event is part of the MARS Refugee Film Festival. See here for a full programme. All our events are FREE. Screenings take place in room G7, at the ground floor of 10-11 Pavilion Parade.  (not wheelchair accessible – BN2 1RA – opposite the Pavilion and next to the Marlborough pub)

Homes for Refugees – 15th February, 17:00

!MAKE IT HAPPEN!
A University of Brighton and Hummingbird Art Project
5pm Wednesday 15th February
M2 Grand Parade, University of Brighton
 
imagine, create, design, draw, paint, make, assemble …
Homes for Refugees
… and become part of the Brighton Fringe Festival
 
In this creative project to envision homes for refugees, we want to offer a friendly and welcoming environment and space to talk about the issues effecting both refugees looking for safe homes and existing inhabitants who may feel their communities are changing.
 
What do refugees need to feel at home?
What spaces can we create for refugees within local communities?
What types of houses could we design? What buildings could be used? What structures could we build?
What should they contain? No art experience is necessary and materials are provided but if you have
 
No art experience is necessary at all and all materials are provided. But if you have preferred ways of making, do bring your own stuff.

Refugee Clearances: the end of the Jungle?

The eviction date for the Calais camp inhabitants has been confirmed for 17 October 2016.  One more chapter in the long history of refugee settlements in Northern France comes to its end, crushed by the policies of the UK and French governments.

The Jungle started its life in the wake of the destruction of the Sangatte camp. Opened in 1999 and administered by the Red Cross, Sangatte was closed in 2002 by the then French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy, under pressure from David Blunkett, UK’s interior minister. Continue reading Refugee Clearances: the end of the Jungle?

SPACE 4 ALL festival

Thousand4£1000 to host #SpaceForAll Fundraising Festival 13th August 2016 to support housing for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers

Date: Saturday 13th August 2016
Venue: The Rose Hill Tavern, Rose Hill Terrace, Brighton BN1 4JL
Times: 2pm – 11pm
Tickets: £7 or £5 unwaged, includes an evening meal (vegetarian/vegan-friendly). Available at www.spaceforallfestival.eventbrite.com or in person from the Rose Hill Tavern

Line-up of confirmed musical acts:
Koma Bênav  – Kurdish and Turkish folk music
Harry’s Tricks – Brighton’s futuristic swing ensemble
Sam Berkson – Settled Wanderers feat. Jules Arthur and Nick Wilsdon, poems from Western Sahara
Kora Mbye – Kora music from West Africa
Elsewhere Cinema – Silent films from across the globe
Bryony Bird’s Badge Station
Plus AfroBass DJs -Tropical DJ duo John Warr and Guy Morely playing new and old, rare and scratchy, dance and funk friendly tracks from the African continent and its diaspora. As heard on Totallyradio and Radio Reverb.

The Space for All Festival on August 13th begins at 2pm and goes on til late. As well as music throughout the day there will be games and activities for children in the afternoon, a vegetarian and vegan-friendly meal included in the cost of the ticket, and a raffle. Tickets for the event can be found at www.spaceforallfestival.eventbrite.com or in person from the Rose Hill Tavern.

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The festival is to raise awareness of Thousand4£1000’s efforts to house destitute migrants in the city. Thousand4£1000 is reaching out to the local community, asking a thousand people to donate £1 per month (or more!) in a unique micro funding social enterprise. With that income the project plans to provide the rent for secure accommodation for vulnerable migrants in the Brighton and Hove area – people who have been made destitute after arriving in the UK and who without this support have absolutely no means of finding stable and secure accommodation.
Thousand4£1000 began in 2015 and has grown as a response to the increased number of refugees and immigrants coming to the area without support or the ability to build a life.  Rejected or left in limbo by the UK’s immigration system and its ‘border everywhere’ policy, they are not allowed to work or claim state support and are left homeless with no options or means to contribute to society.

“By providing a safe and secure place to live, we can take care of some basic needs to enable this vulnerable community to thrive in the area,” said Jacob Berkson, who is involved in the project. “We had met so many people who were either street homeless or sofa surfing simply because they had the wrong sort of immigration status. By not taking care of these people we are making the problems worse, increasing homelessness and crime. These people have escaped war and persecution to come here to live in safety. If the government won’t help, we can take matters into our own hands and help make our city a safe and welcoming place for everyone.”

To become a supporter of Thousand4£1000 visit www.thousand41000.org and set up a monthly micro-donation.
Thousand41000 is the only migrant housing project that is involving the local community in taking collective action to house vulnerable migrants. Communities can take direct action to assist with basic housing needs for some of the most vulnerable people in society: those who have arrived from persecution or war torn regions. By accepting donations of only £1 per month, Thousand4£1000 can rent accommodation in which these people can have a safe and secure home in the UK. To donate, visit www.thousand41000.org.