Tag Archives: Refugee Month – May 2016

Report: A Day of Drawing for Refugee Month

A Day of Drawing in solidarity with Migrants and Refugees: 28th May 2016 at the Dorset Place Gallery

The event involved five workshop activities run by members of the Drawing Research Interest Group.  It was an open event, with no charge, and included a drawing sale.

The day was initiated in the spirit of

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and to this extent was experimental in nature. Part of the aim was to find out how we as artists, educators, researchers and students could try to engage with an issue that it is easy to feel helpless about, or overwhelmed by.
The programme was put together on a voluntary basis, the idea being to focus on how our intellectual and creative interests in drawing might be used for migrant and refugee activism, awareness and fund raising.
The drawing sale went on throughout the day and raised £200 for Hummingbird. A body of creative work was produced over the course of the day and in subsequent days.

Donated drawings on display at the pop-up sale:
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This report provides a very brief summary of activities and some reflections on the day.  All photographs are by Anna Savage. Continue reading Report: A Day of Drawing for Refugee Month

Refugees and Humanitarian Crisis

A multi-disciplinary line-up starts with Professor Howard Rush who will critically analyse humanitarian responses in general. This will be followed by Dr Nicola Khan discussing mental health issues of asylum seekers and Jo Wilding addressing the impact of cuts to legal aid on asylum seekers. The session will finish with Professor Avril Loveless and Riam Ismael highlighting the importance of hearing the voices of refugees.

19 May, Thursday, Mithras House, Room G5, 15:10-17:00

full programme
– Niki Khan: Mental Health intervention for Afghan Migrants on the Move
– Avril Loveless: Refugee Tales
– Jo Wilding: Legal aid cuts, quality of asylum legal services and the refugee protection crisis
– Eugenia Markova: poster re: Refugee crisis
– Howard Rush: Strengthening the Humanitarian Innovation Ecosystem

Chair: Mark Doidge

The event is part of the annual Festival of Social Science and it is taking place within the MARS sponsored Refugee Month.

Refugee crisis in Australia

note: changed date and time

Collaboration and resistance in Australia’s war on refugees
Nick Riemer, University of Sydney and Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney.

27 May, Friday, 17:00, G7, Pavilion Parade

For over two decades, Australia has fashioned the most punitive and inhuman asylum policies in the Western world. For refugees themselves, this has brought a litany of despair, self-harm,  suicide and destroyed lives. Within Australia, the policies have fed, and fed off, the nationalistic, racist and authoritarian inclinations deeply lodged in the political establishment. In a striking demonstration of social democracy’s inability to hold its most repressive and pathological tendencies in check, international condemnation, periodic outbreaks of public revulsion, and an energetic protest movement, including among refugees themselves, have so far been unable to trigger any fundamental alteration to this pattern; in some ways, indeed, the recent EU-Turkey deal represents a generalization of aspects of the Australian model. In this talk, which is offered strictly from an activist perspective, I will draw on my involvement with the Australian refugee rights movement to consider the current balance of forces over refugees in Australia. In particular, I’ll concentrate on the material and ideological collaboration which the most powerful echelons of Australian society provide to the detention regime. This collaboration constitutes a powerful, structurally embedded ‘counter-mobilizing’ force that systematically dampens resistance, and that has many analogues in societies outside Australia itself.

Helping refugees as volunteer health care workers

This event is part of a teach-out in support
of the UCU strike of 25-26 May

HELPING REFUGEES AS VOLUNTEER HEALTH CARE WORKERS
Lucy Pitt, Claire Cox and Dr. John Kilic

26 May, Thursday, 17:00-19:00
Lecture Hall Audrey Emerton Building,
Opposite Royal Sussex County Hospital
Eastern Rd Brighton BN2 5BE

Lucy and Claire are critical care nurses and  Dr. John Kilic is a critical care consultant from the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.  All three along with their nursing colleague Kat Thomas recently went to volunteer with refugees in Idomeni, Greece. (Lucy, Claire and Kat are also University of Brighton alumni).

Come and hear Lucy, Claire and John speak about their experiences as volunteer health care workers in Greece.  They will also offer practical advice for anyone thinking about volunteering or donating to help with the current refugee crisis.

 

refugee awareness day

27 May, Friday, Falmer Campus, in various spaces in the Checkland building
Day event

– Find out more about the local migrant and refugee situation and how you can play your part
– Engage with local community groups
– Watch ‘Tasting my Future’ a film exploring how refugee women in Brighton cross cultural boundaries through cooking, followed by a Q&A session with Reem
– Images from ‘Refugee Tales’ with Avril Loveless

PROGRAMME

from 10.30 stalls from local community groups engaged in migrant & refugee solidarity including:
The School Bus Project
Hummingbird
Schools of Sanctuary
Brighton and Hove Sanctuary on Sea
Doctors of the World
Refugees Welcome Crawley
Pop-up choir
Cake stall

11:00 Pop up choir singing Freedom Songs

11.30 ‘Tasting my Future’, a film exploring how Brighton refugee women cross cultural boundaries through cooking, followed by Q&A session

lunchtime: Pop up choir singing Freedom Songs

13:00 Words and images from Refugee Tales, a project of walking, performance and action. Introduction and film with Avril Loveless

 

Please come along and find out how you can help or contribute and turn a negative into a positive for our fellow human beings.

This event is linked to the University of Brighton Migrant and Refugee Solidarity Group’s (MARS) Refugee Month of May initiative: https://marsuob.wordpress.com

A Day of Drawing

Saturday 28th May 2016, 10:00-16.30
Dorset Place Gallery, Brighton
FREE

The University of Brighton’s Drawing Research Interest Group is running a day of drawing activities and conversation open to all – as a way of exploring and expressing solidarity with migrants and refugees and raising money for the Hummingbird Project refugee charity.

Come and take part in one or all of the activities.
Try some different approaches to drawing as a way of thinking about the experiences of migrants and refugees and about our connections with each other.
No drawing skill or experience is required – the activities will be guided by local tutors and students:
10.00         The network drawing game
11.00 Debate: the limits of dialogue – how do we respond to the refugee crisis?
12.00 Drawing in response to text read aloud
13.00 Drawing ourselves and others
14.00 Drawing and our collective voice
15.00 Pop-up drawing sale and cake

Drawings will be available to buy at £10 each, with proceeds donated to the Hummingbird Project.

More information about the Drawing Research Interest Group can be found at:
http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/drawing-research
http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/drawing-research2

For information about the Hummingbird Project, see: http://www.hummingbirdproject.org.uk

Link to Dorset Place Gallery map: https://goo.gl/maps/GzMpaEgRRGo

Please note there will be some filming and photography during the day – if you would prefer not to be recorded just let one of the organisers know.

This event is linked to the University of Brighton Migrant and Refugee Solidarity Group’s (MARS) Refugee Month of May initiative: https://marsuob.wordpress.com

May 2016 – Refugee Month: Programme

May is Refugee Month for MARS at the University of Brighton. We asked faculty and students to organise events that address the current ‘refugee crisis’ from their disciplinary perspective. Check here the programme of our events, ranging of from academic workshops and seminars to more open public events. Choose the event that suits most of your interests and bring along a couple of friends. Solidarity is strongest when it is shared!

11 May, Wednesday, 12:00-13:30: Refugee Tales: why do we listen? As scholars and researchers, how might we listen to the voices of refugees who tell tales of their experiences? What contribution or difference might listening make?  What effects might listening have on the story-tellers themselves?

12 May, Thursday, 17:00-19:30: The “Refugee Crisis” – Whose crisis is it? Where is it? What’s ethically and politically at stake? A Symposium with Frances Webber, Nicholas de Genova, Andrew Arsan, and Louise Purbrick. Organised by the Understanding Conflict research cluster.

19 May, Thursday, 15:10-17:00: Refugees and Humanitarian Crisis
A special interdisciplinary session at the Festival of Social Science, covering a wide range of topics.

23 May, Monday, 19:00-21:30: Refugee Rights and Community Responses Two dramatized pieces dealing with the rights and expectations of refugees: Mustafa Y v. Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015], by Janina Moninska // You, Me and the Distance Between Us, by Ellen Muriel

26 May, Thursday, 17:00-19:00: Helping refugees as volunteer health care workers. A talk by local nurses and a doctor who will share recent experiences helping refugees in Greece and provide practical advice for volunteering and donating.
This event is part of a teach-out in support of the UCU strike of 25-26 May.

27 May, Friday, 17:00: Refugee Crisis in Australia. Nick Riemer from the University of Sydney talks about collaboration and resistance in Australia’s war on refugees.

27 May, Friday, all day: Refugee Awareness Day.  Find out more about the local migrant and refugee situation and how you can play your part. Engage with local community groups. Watch films and photographs.

28 May, Saturday , 10:00-16.30: A Day of Drawing. The University of Brighton’s Drawing Research Interest Group is running a day of drawing activities and conversation open to all – as a way of exploring and expressing solidarity with migrants and refugees and raising money for the Hummingbird Project refugee charity.