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Events and exhibition June and July 2016

Drawing Our Stories

Exhibition of Art and Writing from Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants
Curated by Jane Ray and Sita Brahmachari ( Artist and Writer in Residence at Islington Centre)
6 - 20 June
Amnesty International UK, Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA

Jane Ray and Sita Brahmachari run the Art, Conversation and Writing Class at Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants every Tuesday. This exhibition shows a small sample of stories told and shared over one year of working with the class.
Basing each session around a theme Jane suggests, a variety of visual stimuli using a range of methods, techniques and materials. For example images from nature were inspired by bowls of colourful fruit, and an armful of flowers from the garden. For ‘Street’ images we went outside with clipboards and pastels on the first sunny day of spring, and drew what we saw. The portraits emerged from a term long exploration around the theme of mind, body and spirit. The River began with a roll of lining paper laid across the tables; painting rivers flowing through the hearts and minds of people in the room.
Using a variety of media we make images around these themes. As the class progresses Sita engages in conversations around cultural connections to what is being drawn or painted.
In this way, thoughts, ideas and memories emerge, connections are made; jokes exchanged and hopes for the future expressed. The sessions, assisted by language teachers Chris and Anya, are often full of laughter and relaxation as well as deep contemplation.
Sita gathers the exchanges and, in the quiet of her own room, weaves them into poems, some communal, some more personal; all dedicated to reflecting the voices and experiences of refugees and migrants attending the class.
At the following week’s session, we display the artwork and select a poem to speak communally before moving on to a new theme.
In their countries of origin Neda K Fard (Artist) and Anwar Elsemani (Journalist and Photographer) are well established. Their extraordinary work is exhibited for the first time in London.
Jane Ray (Illustrator) Artist in Residence
Sita Brahmachari (Author) Writer in Residence

Chirelle's calligraphic bird

Stories of Each Other: Do We Care

Wed 22 Jun 2016 at 6pm
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA

Presented by: Free Word in association with Counterpoints Arts and Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants

We are delighted that this event will include readings by refugees from the Islington Centre as well as our Writer in Residence, Sita Brahmachari.

On the eve of the European referendum, come and hear from writers, poets and newly arrived communities about the experience of leaving home and what happens when we arrive in a new place.

Hear stories from across decades and from all around the world as writers from Iraq to Sri Lanka, Ethiopia to Iran and many nations in between recount their experiences. Hear readings to uncover the reality for those fleeing conflict, poverty or terror. Listen to tales that build empathy, community and understanding. Join Marina Lewycka, Kamila Shamsie, Deborah Levy, Inua Ellams and Jan Krasnowolski, with many more, to understand the countless experiences of migration.

All ticket proceeds from this fundraising event will go towards creative writing workshops at the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants.

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London Medical Orchestra

Sunday 26 June at 6pm
Church of St Mary Brookfield, Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5 1SD

The London Medical Orchestra are kindly fundraising at their next concert for the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants. We will be selling Pimms and strawberries in aid of the Centre.

The concert will feature Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Theme by Thomas Tallis, Dvorak Symphony No. 8 and more!

Juliet Stevenson will be there to talk about the great work of the Islington Centre.

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PSYCHEdelight Theatre company week long fundraising festival

21 - 26 June
L'Entrepôt, 230 Dalston lane, London E81LA

PSYCHEdelight Theatre company is kindly organising a week long fundraising Festival in a Basement Gallery space of a
trendy french restaurant in Hackney Downs, L'entrepôt. Opening night is Tuesday 21st June and we kick start with a
comedy show by Multi awarded performer Lucy Hopkins and a music gig with experimental artist ROSCIUS.

Sophie Besse, the company's founder and company member Lujza Richter have held a variety of workshops in the Calais Jungle and Lesvos. They worked and fundraised with Juliet Stevenson who bought a double decker bus, which is now the new centre for women and children in Calais.

They are aiming to raise as much money as possible for the Islington Centre for Refugees and migrants!

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All on a Journey

World Harmony Orchestra and Islington Centre Choir
Tuesday 5 July - 7.30pm
Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants, Cross Street Baptist Church, London, N1 2BG

This concert held at the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants will launch the World Harmony Orchestra.
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Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants is a registered charity in England and Wales - Number: 1135205 - Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England & Wales - Number: 07076199.
Registered address: 16-18 Cross Street, London N1 2BG