Free artist-led workshops
Lost & Found: Portraits from a Refugee camp
Available from 10th Jan until 10th Feb 2017
Free workshop, advance booking essential
Become photographers and archeologists to explore Gideon Mendel’s powerful new installation Dzhangal, depicting the plight of refugees in Europe through moving portraits of lost personal belongings.
90 min workshop
KS3 - KS5 | FE | Youth Community
Free, advance booking essential
• Hands-on activities to help students understand and discuss the most important humanitarian issue of our time - the refugee crisis in Europe
• Opportunity for students to handle original artefacts collected by the artist and make their own installations and photographic portraits
• Chance to meet, work with and learn from an experienced artist
• Formal education groups (KS3 – 5 & FE) as well as youth community groups are welcome
This hands on workshop will help students grasp the most important humanitarian issue of our time - the refugee crisis in Europe. Students will be immersed in Mendel’s installation to observe, discuss and hear stories of the extraordinary display of artefacts found by the artist amongst the wreckage of The Jungle refugee camp in Calais, France.
Led by an experienced artist educator, students will be challenged to imagine the personal stories evoked by these objects - children’s dolls, toothbrushes and teargas canisters - and reflect on the plight of the displaced peoples they once belonged to. Finally, wearing protective gloves and working as archeologists, students will be given the opportunity to handle a range of original artefacts collected by the artist and make their own installations and photographic portraits in response to what they have learned.
We aim for students to leave the workshop with a deeper understanding of the complexity of the current refugee crisis in Europe. Students will be encouraged to practice key skills including visual literacy and critical analysis, whilst discussing key terms including representation and narrative. All learning activities have been specifically developed to make links across curriculum subject areas including Art & Design, Photography, History, English, Geography, Sociology, Citizenship and Media Studies. We hope students leave the workshop inspired by the power of photography and art to address important social issues such as migration and human rights.
KS3, KS4, KS5