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Street Art Project

“Each positive thought is your refuge and your sanctuary, where in that thoughtful moment, you are safe.”
– Bryant McGill

City of Sanctuary Sheffield aims to create a culture of welcome for asylum seekers and
refugees, who can be among the most isolated and excluded people in Sheffield.

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City of Sanctuary Sheffield aims to create a culture of welcome for asylum seekers and refugees, who can be among the most isolated and excluded people in Sheffield. It does this by raising awareness and understanding among the local community as well as working directly with asylum seekers and refugees.

We want to create a street art project where young asylum seekers and refugees can work together with local young people to learn the art skills for creating a large piece of street art, with tuition from a local street artist. All the participants will have experienced some mental health issues.

The project will take place at a suitable venue (The Art House or The Sanctuary basement) over a series of workshop sessions during Spring 2018. The group will then use their skills to create a new mural, at a visible location, which promotes the vision and ideals of Sheffield as a welcoming place and a home – a real city of sanctuary for all.

The aims of this project are to build a sense of community and welcome among the young people involved in the project: to develop their creativity and artistic skills at the same time as develop their confidence and wellbeing; and to create a new visible symbol of welcome and safety in Sheffield.

We recognise that young asylum seekers and refugees are at increased risk of mental illness, because of the difficulties and uncertainties caused by the process of seeking asylum, as well as the trauma they may have experienced in their home country and on their journey to the UK. We also recognise that many young people who have grown up in Sheffield face mental health challenges, uncertainty and the impact of trauma. By bringing young people together on equal terms, to work on a joint creative project, we believe that we can promote mental wellbeing in the participants.

There is some evidence for the effectiveness of this kind of community psychological intervention with children and young people who are refugees and asylum seekers (see reference below)

We are looking to have a team of 6 asylum seekers and 6 local people, who will work together with Sheffield street artist John Dowswell (Instagram: @colorarti) and artist /teacher Annie Anthony Mays 

Photos and films of the project’s progress and the finished artwork will be available on social media.

We hope to have the mural ready for launch for Sheffield Refugee Week June 18th – 24th June 2018

For more information, contact sarah@cityofsanctuary.org

http://www.cityofsanctuary.org/sheffield

Reference:

School and Community-Based Interventions for Refugee and Asylum Seeking Children: A Systematic Review by Rebecca A. Tyrer and Mina Fazel
Published: February 24, 2014
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0089359

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