Art created by residents of the Calais refugee campHaving set up a temporary theatre of hope in the Calais refugee camp, Good Chance are delighted to be pitching their Dome on Festival Terrace at the Southbank Centre in London this summer. Join them at Encampment for nine days and nights of theatre, art, music, discussion, solidarity, welcome and hope.
See the work that resulted from artist Sue Partridge’s art sessions at Good Chance Calais. Having spent several months working with the residents of the Calais refugee camp (also known as the ‘Jungle’), she has this to say of her experiences:
"It’s unconditional. I am told that there are people from 20 different nationalities in the Jungle. But I don’t care where they’re from. I know and respect that it is the most important thing in the world to them, but not to me. Everyone is here now and that’s all that matters. We start from now. That’s where all artwork and communication begins.
"I do not ask about stories and journeys, but I am told. Over drawn flowers I am told of spring time. I am told of how much they miss their homelands and their mothers. I am told how it is to see life in an instant become death.
"People want to see beauty. It is what they draw the most. Nature, flowers, birds. I showed them how to use colour freely. To enjoy colour for colour’s own sake. It became an explosion of creativity. Total immersion in the excitement of what paint can do, an exploration into the very nature of paint. There were butterfly paintings everywhere. But it’s not a ‘swarm’ of butterflies, it’s a kaleidoscope."
Join the Encampment and see some of this incredible work.
Tour runs between: 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm. This event is free and entry is on a first come first served basis, so it can't be guaranteed. We need your card details to store the event information in "My Tickets", but rest assured, we won't charge you a penny. There are no tickets to collect. Just find a space.