October 2021 to date: Oxford Asylum Welcome
Time for Art ran its first workshop of 2021 with young members of Oxford Asylum Welcome. Oxford Asylum Welcome is a charity that offers support to unaccompanied children of different nationalities who are seeking asylum in the UK and escaping traumatic situations in their home countries.
The art workshops give them a chance to learn new skills and explore their creative sides.
The workshops now run on a monthly basis and to date, the youngsters have enjoyed a graffiti workshop, a lively and fun filled portrait drawing workshop and a session exploring the use of pastels.
Time spent together enjoying these creative activities is an important opportunity for these youngsters to make and nurture links with other young asylum seekers.
October 2021: Be Free Young Carers
During October half term artist Sarah Moncrieff offered a workshop to members of Be Free Young Carers, a charity in Oxfordshire that supports young people who care for a relative, giving them respite from caring duties.
Empire des Enfants, Dakar, Senegal
The history of street children in Senegal is a highly complex one. Many come to the city believing they will be educated at one of the city’s Koranic schools only to find they are put on the streets to beg. Some children remain on the street and live by begging. Empire des Enfants cares for some of these children and works to reunite them with their families. Until that time, the children are resident at Empire, a purpose built home. Sarah has visited on numerous occasions and spent up to 4 weeks there delivering art workshops for the children.
She has devised and run projects on collage, painting, rag rug making for which she provides all the necessary materials.
“Inside spaces” 2019
Sarah led a group of HMP Bullingdon prisoners to produce artwork focusing on their environment. The project enabled the men to consider and articulate their views on their surroundings and represent them in their artwork. The resulting works went on exhibition in May 2019 as part of the Oxfordshire Artweeks festival and then at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot in October 2019. The project allowed the prisoners time to get absorbed in a creative project with a clear end result that they were proud of.
The Onesimus Children Development Association (OCDA) is an non-governmental organization, established in 2006 by Nega Meaza, who is now the Director of the NGO. OCDA seeks to rescue Ethiopian's children at risk, ensuring they remain in or return to a loving family. It provides holistic programs that meet their physical, emotional, developmental, and spiritual needs.
Sarah visited Onesimus in March 2019 and delivered a week of art workshops to a group of 12 boys. Read her report here OnesimusreportApril2019
Children Heard and Seen
During the summer of 2019, Sarah Moncrieff led art workshops with a group of children referred from Children Heard and Seen, a charity which supports children with a parent in prison.
Each year it is estimated that 312,000 children are impacted by parental imprisonment. Children Heard and Seen works alongside children, young people and their families and strives to support their needs, listen to their concerns, and have their views heard and reflected in policy.
Time for Art workshops ran over the period of 2 weeks, and the children had the opportunity to work on watercolour mosaics, palette knife landscape paintings, portraits and experiment with materials such as pastel and acrylic paints.
The work produced by the children went on exhibition at Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot, Oxfordshire in October 2019.