On 01 September, we celebrated the opening of our Birds Crossing Borders exhibition with over 35 guests in an evening of sharing stories of migration and sharing food.
We were excited to be joined by Nick Cowell and Carla Ferrari, two of six artists who created a bird design for our postcard set. We were also very pleased that some of our partners could join us because their support has been vital to the project: Nicki and Natasha from Rich Mix who are currently hosting our exhibition from 01-09 September; Kirstin from Good Chance Theatre who hosted our art workshops in The Jungle/Calais, and Lee from Calverts Co-operative who printed the set of 1500 bird cards for free.
Our project has always been about creating a space for dialogue – and that’s what we managed to achieve with this evening where within an hour people were chatting with each other that had only just met, got ideas for new creative collaborations as well as a new understanding about the situations of migrants and the power of the art in creating moments of peace and hope.
The feedback about the exhibition was overwhelmingly positive and visitors fed back that they took away:
art can create peace of mind
collaborative ideas for the future
the power of creativity to create connection
a renewed appreciation of the power of art to create a space of safety and open dialogue
that very simple things – colouring in the bird – can can make a big difference
an eye-opening experience … I hadn’t thought about … before – but now I will!
that migration is not some weird alien thing. Lots of us have done it but have had the benefit of way more support
We felt a real sense of recognition in the feedback by a group of visitors who summed the exhibition up as ‘simultaneously heart-breaking and hope-giving‘.
If you haven’t seen it yet you can still do so: it’s free and open daily until 09 September from 9am to 11pm in the Lower Cafe Gallery at Rich Mix.