The team from The Friend Ship ran their first Postcards for Peace workshop at the central library last week as part of the Norfolk Welcomes celebrations.
Pupils from Notre Dame had a series of workshops ran in collaboration with Norfolk Record Office in which the children explored local refugee histories and the contributions of refugees to the world of football before responding creatively to what they had learned.
Three more schools’ workshops are planned in February with pupils presenting their work to their peers during Norfolk Welcomes on Friday 20th April.
The Postcards for Peace project is a fantastic way to respond positively and creatively to the global refugee crisis and to show solidarity with sanctuary seekers around the world.
In coming months people participating will be creating postcards with messages of hope and welcome for sanctuary seekers. These will be exhibited at The Forum during Makers Month from 12th March.
Take a look at their newsletter or visit https://thefriendship.wixsite.com/thefriendship if you’d like to find out more or be involved!
More information about the workshops below
School workshops at The Millenium Library, Norwich Jan/Feb 2018
Postcards for Peace
As with our previous project working with schools where we talked about the importance of Norwich becoming a City of Sanctuary, the history of displaced people in Norwich over the years, and produced work for the Refugee Week exhibition at The Millenium Library in Norwich (now touring libraries throughout Norfolk), The Friend Ship continues to work to support the aims of Norwich City of Sanctuary.
Local schools will now be invited to participate in workshops at the Millenium Library to produce postcard sized art works on the themes of ‘Welcome’, ‘Choose Love’, ‘The Future we All Deserve’ and Match Attax style cards of footballers who were once refugees, linking in with Amnesty International’s #footballwelcomes day of action in April, where workshop participants will share what they have learnt with other children back at school through assemblies and workshops run by them.
All work produced will be exhibited as part of a giant postcard during Makers Month at The Forum in March/April 2018, where members of the public will be invited to make their own postcard to add to the display of welcome. Children from the school workshops will also help at our table during Makers Month and encourage other children to make postcards of welcome.
School workshops will include the children looking at issues of persecution, sanctuary and whether it’s possible to measure the ‘worth’ of one person over another, as well as exploring the Library Archive to see the contribution displaced people have made to Norwich over the years.