Monday, 28 November 2016

Refuge sketchbooks on show at the library

Exhibition of BA Illustration Student Sketchbooks
The Well-Come Project gave refugees and asylum seekers a chance to tell their stories. A 20ft-shipping container was positioned in the courtyard Eldon Building (Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, University of Portsmouth). The container, chosen as a symbol of export and transference, was transformed into an object of street art by Portsmouth based artist’s M-One and Eric Downer working alongside a group of participants from the Red Cross and Refugees Without Borders.

Using spray paint and pens, the artists and participants created a graphic mosaic of free hand and stencil text over a back-drop image of land and sea. The activity created a space for meaningful conversation and for people to express and communicate their journey.

The use of a container provided a pop-up art space for a variety of associated projects. Fifteen students from BA (Hons) Illustration designed a creative response to the project within a series of concertina books. The illustrators are

• George Hinchcliffe • Danielle Hackett • Anna Tromop  • John Lihou • Thomas Harrington 
• Tegan Meredith • Octavia Herdson • Else Van Den Hooven • Koby Prior  Joseph Gardner 
• Drew O’Hare • Ross Hughes • Emma Bates• Bethia Wentworth • Vicente O’Neill • Alice Fox